Barbara "Goggie" Christian, 87, of Owensboro, passed away at home surrounded by family on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. She was born February 12, 1934 in Hopkins County. She was the second child of four and only daughter to Marie and Harley Francis who preceded her in death. As a child, she resented her brothers (3) getting to go outside while she had to iron and help do household work. Her surviving brother Bill Francis (Liz) were frequently seen enjoying casino's with Barbara and Jimmy. Her deceased brothers Hayes and Roy Francis played important roles in their lives.
Barbara was most affectionately known as "Goggie" and she became Goggie when her oldest grandson would point to her and say Goggie instead of Granny. She never got tired of her role as wife, Mom, and Goggie. You cannot tell Barbara's story without Pop (Jimmy) her soulmate of 69 years. Barbara met Jimmy at Moreland Park at the age of 14. Pop saw Goggie playing ping-pong with a friend of his. He asked her, "Ma'am, did you hurt yourself?" Goggie replied, "No. Why". "Well I just know you fell all the way from Heaven into my arms"! Her reply, "Boy you sure have a line" to which Pop replied, Ma'am, this is not a line, but the truth". So began a lifetime of love, holding hands, dancing, remodeling houses, gardening, doting on their grandchildren, great grandchildren, and traveling. They married at the ages of 18 (Barbara) and 20 (James).
Goggie was a homemaker extraordinare, a school crossing guard, one of the first female school bus drivers, and a licensed practical nurse. She worked at Daviess County Hospital until her retirement. Goggie and Pop loved going to casino's (with friends and family), traveling to Florida, going to the races (cars, dogs, and horses) and most of all, holding hands.
The highest compliments that they have received is 1. Family and friends using their marriage as a model for their relationships, 2. Grands and great grands saying "not everyone has a Goggie & Pop", 3. Mom and Dad, "we love you !"
Left to treasure her memories are her loving husband James, daughter Donna Howell, and son Ronnie Christian. In addition, grandkids, Scott (Heather) Howell, Kathryn (Neal) Watts, and Annie (David) Podolak, great grands, Hannah Roberts, Gabe Howell, Dean and Ellie Rose Podolak, and James Christian Watts. Also surviving are a cherished brother and sisters-in-law, Jodi and Judy Christian, Johnny and Brenda Christian, plus numerous Francis, Christian, and Velotta nephews and nieces.
Goggie being Goggie decreed that there was to be no services as she did not want to put anyone out. With much love, your family.
Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Western Kentucky, 3419 Wathens Crossing, Owensboro, KY 42301. Memories and condolences to the family can be shared at www.glenncares.com.
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