Karen Godwin

05/14/1945 –


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  • Funeral Service
Date: 08/25/2019
Time: 2:00 pm
 – 3:00 pm
  • Funeral Reception
Date: 08/25/2019
Time: 3:00 pm
 – 4:00 pm


Karen Godwin passed away Wednesday, August 21, 2019, in Lubbock. Family and friends will gather to celebrate her life of 74 years at 2 pm on Sunday, August 25, 2019, followed by a visitation at Lake Ridge Chapel.

Karen was born on May 14, 1945, to Joseph and Annie Walker Williams in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Karen married Milton Godwin on June 3, 1967, at Western Hills Methodist Church in El Paso, Texas.

Survivors include her husband, Milton Godwin; daughters, Jennifer Godwin, Carrie Romo and husband, Cui; Anne Rubio and husband, Jason; grandchildren, Ashlee Blanchette and wife, Briellen; Sophia Romo, Aubrie Romo, and Delilah Rubio.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph, and Annie Catherine Williams.

Karen Williams Godwin loved to travel and embraced life with a hunger for new and old friends alike.  Strongly opinionated, yet graceful in her approach, her advice wasn’t always solicited, but she was always right, even when she was wrong.  She loved her family, fiercely, and they loved her right back.

She was still referred to as Mrs. Godwin or Mrs. G by many of her former students.  Her career as an English teacher spanned 32 years, and it was clear from her invitations to college graduations, weddings, and baby showers, that she touched the minds and hearts of thousands of students.

She loved her grandchildren.  She LOVED her grandchildren.  It cannot be said too many times.  She would do anything for them.  Before they were even born, she vowed to move anywhere in the world to help care for them the first years of their life, a promise she kept. And just as her love of travel around the world had won over Mutt, she looked forward to including her grandchildren in those adventures. Her family is forever grateful for the Disney Cruise; they were all able to take in June and the memories that were made. They are also so thankful for the bond Ashlee, Sophia, Aubrie, and Delilah share with their Bebe, as a result.

You were always welcome in her home and at her table. Nothing made her happier than sitting with her friends and family, laughing and drinking wine. Mutt and Karen shared 52 years of love and marriage.  Their fingerprints are all over the world; London and Italy were among their favorite places to play.  Their love is a beautiful dance to the roar of laughter from family and friends.  Mutt will always refer to Karen as the love of his life.



The family of Karen Godwin would appreciate contributions to be given to MD Anderson Cancer Center and  Covenant Health Foundation in her memory.


45 thoughts on “Karen Godwin”

  1. Nena and Glen Tatum

    Karen was the best of us, and her light will always be with us. We honor her memory and her indelible impact on everyone who was blessed to know her. Our truest love and deepest condolences to the Godwin family

  2. Our condolences to all of you. It was an honor to have known Karen and he husband. She will be missed.

  3. My heart is broken. Karen was more than a colleague to so many of us as she took everyone under her wing and made friends for life. I know first hand how much her students at Lincoln and Franklin adored her and reflected about she had prepared them for life. You and all the family are in my heart and in my thoughts.

  4. My love goes out to Mutt, the girls and the grandchildren!! I’m heartbroken and without the proper words. Karen was such an outstanding teacher and friend to all who knew her. She will be missed so much!! I will not be able to be there Sunday because Stephanie is having surgery Monday in Dallas. Otherwise I would be!! Much love to you all (and Karen’s dearest group of friends!!) Cabby

  5. Thank you Ms Godwin for everything you did for not only myself but all the students at Jefferson High School .You and Ms Abbott were always in my thoughts when I left for the Army in June of 1971. You brought laughter and yes! I can still hear both of you telling me to stay awake in class. We were blessed to have such a great and beautiful person like you Ms Godwin. Thank you for being there for us ! I will miss your support and prayers. Your memorial service will be August 25th ! On my birthday ! I will celebrate your new life ! God bless you my beloved teacher , friend and gods gift to all of us! Never Forgotten!

  6. Don & Marg Wilson

    Our hearts are broken over the loss of Karen. She was filled with the joy of living life to its fullest. Karen was an incredible lady and will be missed so very much. Love to Mutt, Carrie, Anne, and their families. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. God bless you and keep you.

  7. Joyce and Randy Keller

    Thinking of Karen Williams Godwin today, who passed away last night! She was such a true blue friend to so many. including me!! She will be missed by the many who loved her, but I’m thankful she is at rest now. Karen loved everyone, and everyone loved Karen. She was such a kind person, and so much fun!! May all of us who love her be comforted by our warm memories of her kindness and her love for all! May God bless her family during this hard time.

  8. Gretchen Trominski

    I am so saddened by this news. Karen was such a role model to me. Always brave enough to speak out, but always in a completely positive way. Her sense of adventure helped me make my dreams of travel come true. My life is richer for her friendship, humor, and excellent leadership. All my love goes out to Mutt, Carrie, Anne and their families. All our wonderful memories will make her a forever part of our hearts.

  9. Anne, Rube, & Delilah:

    Your neighbors on Oak Tree Lane send our condolences. We are grateful to have met your mom.

    Please convey our sympathies to your dad.

    Bev & Owen Goff
    Grapevine, TX

  10. Kris Mena Clifford

    I’m so heart broken…Karen had a huge heart for everyone that knew her. She was the driving force when Franklin first opened. I remember that Karen made all her students know the lyrics to Franklin fight song. Karen will be remember by everyone she touched.

  11. Bonnie McLaughlin

    My condolences to the Godwin family. Karen will be remembered as a wonderful person, mentor and teacher. However, I will always remember her as the beautiful young mother of one my favorite students. May God’s peace be with you all at this time.

  12. What a beautiful soul. Mrs. Godwin kept in touch with so many of us from Franklin. She sent me encouraging words when I first became a reporter in Dallas and it meant so much to me. She had a huge heart and gave so much love. May she Rest In Peace.

  13. I was So Sorry to hear about Karen’s
    Passing. I was her Aide At Lincoln in the computer Lab there. She was a Great Teacher and Was A Beautiful Person. We worked together Until we went our separate ways. She to Franklin me to Coronado. I know You are in Paradise With Our Lord.
    My Condolences to all Her Family.
    May God Bless All Them. I will Miss You Karen. Very Much.
    Diane Rayon

  14. I am so saddened to learn of Karen’s death. She was a very special lady who touched so many lives, mine included. We first met a dozen years ago on vacation and although we didn’t see each other very often, as I live in England, we maintained our friendship. My thoughts and prayers are with your whole family at this sad time and I know that Karen is in God’s tender care.

  15. I was so sorry to hear of Karen’s death. She was such a sweet person. We had great times together as roommates in El Paso many years ago. My prayers go out to Mutt and Karen’s daughters and grandchildren.

  16. Although we have not seen each other or kept in touch for many years Karen was always a part of my family because she not only taught my children she touched their hearts for a lifetime! She was a gift!

  17. I am so saddened to hear of the passing of my sweet friend, Karen. She was such a strong mentor to me at Franklin High School. She offered her apartment when we needed to come visit our son in Arlington. In the few encounters we shared over the past few years, I found her to be even more encouraging, giving and inspirational. I will miss her, but glad she is no longer suffering. Love to all her family.

  18. One of my favorite teachers in high school(Thomas Jefferson class of ’76). Great teacher, but, a much, much bettet human being. My heartfelt condolences & prayers go out to the family. RIP MRS. GODWIN.

  19. A piece of my heart left with Karen! She was a wonderful lady, warm and loving always. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Mutt, Anne, Carie, and sons in law and granddaughter. She leaves all of us with a very wonderful memories that will be cherished by all of us. My love, thoughts, and prayers are with all of you

  20. David and Connie Carr

    Our hearts are broken to hear of the passing of our beloved Mrs. G. She was such an inspiration to the students who she taught at Jefferson High School. The class of 1971 was honored with her and Mrs. Abbott’s presence at our 45th class reunion. She will be forever loved and missed for the beautiful person that she was. Our heartfelt condolences to the entire family.❤️

  21. Donna Bailey I don’t know

    We are so sad to hear of Karen’s passing. Everyone who knew her loved her and her radiant smile. There are not enough words in the English language to describe such a beautiful lady. She was truly an inspiration to all of us at Franklin. Our hearts are broken. Prayers to you Mutt, Anne and Carrie and your families. Rest in peace Karen

  22. JoAnn Brueggeman

    I met Karen through our mutual friend, Cat Boucher. I live in Illinois but have made many trips to Ruidoso with my Lubbock Ladies. Karen was always so wonderful to be around. She was smart, funny, and just a good gal.
    I will miss her Facebook posts and messages and seeing her sweet face the next time I am in Lubbock.
    My prayers are with her family and many friends. She will be missed so much by so many.

  23. I smile and feel serene when I think of Karen, her warmth and generous heart ever-present. Her impact on Jefferson and Franklin students, teachers, and staff was dramatic and immeasurable, and those of us privileged to know her are better for it. To Mutt, Carie, Anne, and your loved ones go my sympathies and my gratitude for your part in sharing Karen with those of us in her professional circle. Judy Weiser

  24. Imelda and Edgar Molina

    I was just thinking of you a week ago. We remembered that Mrs Godwin was not just beautiful in the outside but much more beautiful in the inside. She had an inviting laughter. Cared so much about her students and did everything with her heart. Our condolences to all her family. Edgar Molina and Imelda L Garcia, FOXES, class of 72, Jefferson High School, El Paso, TX

  25. It is with great sorrow and a heavy heart that I write this little note to the family of Mrs. Godwin. Mrs. Godwin was a great teacher, but above that she was a very giving and loving person. To me she was one of God’s Angels. Whenever I needed help she was always there to help me and other classmates . For the Graduating Class of 1971 from the Jefferson High School in El Paso, TX, we say Thank You for everything she helped us accomplish. Mrs. Godwin will be missed by all of us who knew her. God has a plan for her and now she is with him. I pray for the family that they will find peace and comfort through our Lord Jesus Christ . Sincerely with the Love & Peace of our Lord.
    Ruben Figueroa

  26. Mrs. Godwin was much more than my English teacher and beyond a friend. Throughout high school she treated me like a young adult which I very much appreciated. She would write me letters while I was in the Army which I so loved getting. She will be missed by all but we also know that she is now at rest and pain free. My deepest condolences to Mutt, Ann, Carrie and the grand children. May God give you peace.

  27. Karen and I were in BSP sorority together as young women. She was fun to be around and always honest with you. No one had to guess what she was thinking! She was open and accepting. Although it has been many years since I had seen her, I was very sorry to hear of her passing. My deepest sympathy to her family–and yet grateful for the many beautiful memories she was able to leave to bring them peace–especially her grandchildren. love & prayers Vinita

  28. My condolences to Karen’s family. Karen will be missed by all who knew her. We had a lot of fun times at Lincoln and Franklin.

  29. Margie and James Dean

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Karen will always hold a special place in our heart. The great times we shared with the pacesetters will always be cherished. Mutt,
    Anne, Carrie, and family take care of each other. God bless you.
    The Dean Family.

  30. Cynthia Chesnutt

    Annie, Carrie, Jenny, and Mutt,

    My heart absolutely aches for you. Your mother was an absolutely genuine soul and her love for her children and Mutt was known to anyone around; there was no limits for family and friends. I will cherish the fond memories of her during the Pacesetter years. I am sure she and my mom are drinking a glass of wine, together, watching over all of us. Just remember, she has not left, but the best part of her, forever remains in you.

    Love and hugs,

    Cynthia Chesnutt

  31. Frances Pinney Erickson

    Mrs. Godwin was such a blessing to so many people. There are not enough words to say about such a wonderful woman. I am one of the many that was blessed to know her from high school and she will always have the respect of being called Mrs. Godwin. She lived her life with such joy and happiness. She loved her family with a fierceness . She never forgot her students and kept in touch with so many of us over the years. She was loved by so many people and she returned that live in so many ways. She was an angel on earth and now an angel in heaven. God bless her family and friends. And until we all meet again.

  32. Jefferson HS Class of 1970

    We love you Mrs. Godwin! From the class of 1970 at Jefferson High School. Thank you for being there for all of us. May you rest in peace.

  33. Mary Montes Orozco

    Mrs. Karen Godwin and to all her family, my sincere condolences go out to you. Mrs Godwin was the best teacher and friend, may you RIP and until we meet again. To your family, God Bless You all!!!

    Mary Montes Orozco

    Class of 1971

  34. My travels with Karen and Mutt are among the brightest and happiest times of my life. I’m so grateful to have been able to share so many wonderful experiences with the amazing woman who was Karen. It’s very difficult and sad to think of a world without her presence. She was truly one of a kind, and I loved her. My heart goes out to Mutt and the rest of Karen’s family.


  35. Karen and I first met in 6th grade, and went all through high school together. We moved in different circles in high school, and lost touch afterwards. A mutual friend told me that Karen had been diagnosed with breast cancer during the’70s, but my husband and had twins then another baby, and moved to California. I thought of her occasionally over the years, and wondered what had happened with her. Then a website was set up for our high school class’s 50th anniversary, and we were in touch once again. I was so happy to learn that she had survived the breast cancer, and had children and grand children! I once sent her an email asking if she had traveled anywhere “exciting” lately, and she replied that she had spent some time with her granddaughters. Indeed, that is exciting! She only recently disclosed on our website that she had cancer, but indicated that the doctors thought they could give her more time. I’ve thought of her every single day since then. So sad that he didn’t have more time, but happy to know she was so well loved! Please know I’m thinking of you now.

  36. Mrs. Godwin was an amazing teacher, mentor and friend. She will be missed. Our condolences to the family. Grateful to have had her influence in my life!

  37. My most sincere condolences to the family. I knew Karen at Lincoln MS. Very sorry to hear of her passing. I knew her briefly. She was a very loving and friendly teacher. Rest in peace Karen.

  38. Pam Davis Cotten

    Waaaay too sudden. Too soon to lose the vibrant life Karen was leading. What an amazingly sweet lady, and she will be sooo missed, including at each annual Irvin High School mini-reunion in Ruidoso.

  39. So many wonderful memories for so many years. Great times with her whole family. God bless her whole family!

  40. I was saddened to learn that Mrs Godwin had passed. She was the calm in my storm during my struggling teen years. I was blessed to have had her in my life during those years. She was once in a lifetime teacher. I thank God for her.
    God bless you and your family
    Thank you Mrs Godwin.

    Joseph Gonzales
    Jefferson call 1970

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