WILMINGTON, North Carolina — The Celebration of Life Service will be at St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church on May 31, at 11 a.m. for Martha Ann (Marty) Mote Goff, who passed away at SECU Hospice House of Brunswick on May 18. Visitation hours will be from 6-8 p.m. on May 30 at Brunswick Funeral Service, Shallotte.
Mary was born in Wilmington, North Carolina on March 29, 1939, daughter of the late Anna Nall and Fred Mote of Wilmington.
She is survived by son Robert F. Goff, Jr. and life partner Michael Crotty of Chappaqua, New York; daughter, Laura Goff Kennedy and husband Sean of Shallotte; son, Lewis Goff and wife Carolyn Bassett; grandson Willem Goff of Pelham, Massachusetts; sister, Nancy Mote Andrews and husband Dan of Calabash, North Carolina; brother-in-law Warren Goff (Harriett) of Williamston, North Carolina; sister-in-law Lelia Mae Jackson (Troy) of Grifton, North Carolina; and many nieces and nephews. A lovely, funny and caring woman, she was known to many, and loved by all.
She was pre-deceased by her husband Robert F. (Bob) Goff.
Marty grew up in Wilmington and graduated from New Hanover High School. She earned her RN from Rex Hospital School of Nursing in Raleigh. While in nurses’ training at Rex she cared for a patient who became the love of her life. Bob and Martha were married in Wilmington in 1960. As their family grew they lived in Lincolnton, North Carolina, Mayville, New York and High Point, North Carolina. In 1977 they moved to Vermont, living in Woodstock and later Brownsville.
When they retired in 1999, Bob and Marty began their adventure as beach bums by returning to North Carolina, living first in Ocean Isle Beach and later in Shallotte.
Marty started her volunteering career in 2000 by helping with the Preschool Program at Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach. After Bob passed away in 2007 Marty joined the Novant Health Brunswick Hospital Volunteers. She loved every day she spent volunteering and cultivated some wonderful friendships there. She was a dedicated member of the Compassionate Clothes Closet, providing clothes to the needy at the hospital, and was elected president of the Volunteer group in 2012. Mary was also a member of St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to SECU Hospice House of Brunswick, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401 or online at www.lcfhfoundation.org.
We owe special thanks to the staff of Carillon Assisted Living in Southport, where Marty happily spent the last four months. It was a place where she received excellent care, and felt both safe and loved. We are deeply grateful to the staff at Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter for the loving care she was given.
On-line condolences may be made to the family at www.brunswickfuneralservice.com.
Brunswick Funeral Service, Shallotte.
This obituary first appeared in the May 30, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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