PORTSMOUTH, VA. – Lucille Goodwin Trembly passed away peacefully on March 21, 2013. She was born on March 30, 1922 in Buckhannon, W.Va., the daughter of Bert Jesse Goodwin and Elsie Koon Goodwin Helmick. As a young bride Lucille moved to Portsmouth in 1942 joining the war effort at the Gosport Munitions Factory. Lucille and husband Robert were organizing members of the Portsmouth Church of God in 1942, and later Robert, a lay pastor, and Lucille organized the South Portsmouth Church of God in Simonsdale. After her children were in school, Lucille worked at the Suffolk GE Plant on the television line. Lucille was a natural leader and became one of the plant’s Employee Ambassadors. She traveled with the team to GE’s new television product role out in Las Vegas and other cities. As manufacturing was under legislative pressure, Lucille was part of the team sent to Washington, D.C. in 1975 to meet with then U.S. Senator Harry Byrd presenting petitions from GE employees. She retired with honors in 1986.
At age 90 Lucille became a member of the Lynnhaven Parish Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. Lucille was a warm, caring, loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She greeted all with a big smile, hug and sparkling blue eyes. She was a woman of faith, good works and a strong work ethic who lived without regrets.
She was preceded in death by Robert, her husband of 52 years, brothers Junior, David, Dale, Holly, and Lloyd Goodwin, sisters Mildred Bodkins, Mary White and June Tenney. She is survived by daughters, Dorcas Trembly Helfant-Browning and Landon Browning, Virginia Trembly Bonwell Bathe; son Bert C. Trembly and Velma; granddaughter Rebecca Helfant Saunders and Randy; great-granddaughter Holly Helfant; sister Madeline Tenney; and a host of nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today, Monday, March 25, at Living Waters Christian Fellowship by Revs. Nelson Fields and Frank Allen. Burial will follow in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel, Sunday from 7-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Living Waters Christian Fellowship, 2700 Gum Road, Chesapeake, VA 23321 or The Sanctuary of Hope, 3516 Winchester Drive, Portsmouth, VA 23707.