Melinda 'Starlene' Goff


Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2006


  Melinda 'Starlene' Goff

Melinda 'Starlene' Goff

Longtime Nikiski resident Melinda “Starlene” Goff died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2006, at her home in Nikiski. She was 54.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Lighthouse Community Church in Nikiski. Pastor Denver Copeland will officiate.

Mrs. Goff was born August 13, 1952, in Lynwood, Calif. Starlene as she was known by her family and friends, moved from California to Alaska in 1966. She attended Kenai Junior High and graduated from Kenai Central High School in 1971. That same year she married Martin Goff and they lived in Nikiski where they built a home near Daniel’s Lake in 1976. They raised their four children there and Starlene lived there until her death.

“Starlene’s joys in life were her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed sewing and took great pleasure in making items for the The LeeShore Center. Her membership with the Lighthouse Community Church and companionship and friendships of the other members was a great source of comfort and support during times of personal trials. Starlene was a very giving, caring person and a born-again Christian who loved the Lord. There will be a huge void in the lives of her children and family who will miss he wonderful smile and infectious laugh,” her family said.

Mrs. Goff was preceded in death by her father, Stanley Best.

She is survived by her daughter and son in-law, Gloria and Bobby Martin of North Carolina; sons, Jason and his wife, Sule Goff of Kentucky and Jeremy Goff of Nikiski; grandchildren, Amelia Martin of North Carolina and Nathaniel and Adrianna Goff, both of Kenai; numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews of Kenai, Sterling and Palmer; and best friend, Diane Friend of Nikiski.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Lighthouse Community Church, 50939 Kenai Spur Hwy. Nikiski, AK 99611.

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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