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Former Louisville Seminary Employee, Betty Love Goodykoontz, Dies

by Ashley Schaffner | Nov 08, 2013


Goodykoontz was 103 years old, a friend and long-time supporter of Louisville Seminary

Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary retired employee and beloved friend, Betty Love Goodykoontz, died November 5, 2013 in Birmingham, Ala. She was 103 years old.

Goodykoontz was born in Wilmington, N.C. on September 7, 1910. She lived in Louisville for 60 years and was a member of Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church where she was director of Christian Education for many years. At Louisville Seminary, she managed the bookstore and was director of Seminary Relations from 1979 to 1983, and from 1979 to 1983, she was director of Special Projects. Goodykoontz was the widow of Harry Goodykoontz, who was professor of Christian Education at the Seminary from 1950 to 1975. She was also one of the original founders of what became Highlands Community Ministries.

"Betty was a much beloved member of the Louisville Seminary family for generations. Not only was she involved in the life of the Seminary and the care of students as the spouse of Professor Harry Goodykoontz, she continued to serve the Seminary even after Harry’s retirement,” said Louisville Seminary President Michael Jinkins. “Betty is remembered often for her leadership of the Friends of the Seminary organization founded by Nancy Nelson, wife of President Ellis Nelson. Betty’s imagination, good humor, marvelous capacity for friendship and deep faith made a lasting impression on everyone who knew her at the Seminary and a lasting contribution to our ministry in and for the church.”

At the age of 101, Goodykoontz was an enthusiastic adopter of modern-day technology and social media. She was profiled in this article on TheAtlantic.com in 2011.

She is survived by her children, Betsy Goodykoontz Miree (Mallory) of Birmingham, Ala., Nancy Goodykoontz Chatham (James) of Asheville, N.C. and Harry Gordon Goodykoontz, Jr., of Seattle, Wash., as well as grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in Louisville at a date to be announced later. Memorial gifts may be directed to Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church, 1722 Bardstown Road, 40205, or to Louisville Presbyterian Seminary’s library fund.

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