The Moore American


October 30, 2013

Judy Goddard Wreath



Judy wanted all children to feel safe and secure, and her home was meant to be an oasis for them. This included late night movies, marshmallows in the fireplace, video game marathons and even prayer. She always made room for everybody. She also loved for men to be gentlemen and for little boys to get to dress as Batman as often as they wish.

Judy was one of the most dazzlingly effective workers in Oklahoma’s broader political scene. She spearheaded successful grassroots campaign strategies, advised politicians and generally impassioned people to care about what happened around them. She taught her children to respect and appreciate the political process and helped her husband gain election to the Moore City Council in 1978. Many of us were lucky enough to ride her coattails.

She worked side by side with Harvey at many auto body shops and as police officers for over a decade. She was an organist, Sunday school teacher and prayer warrior. For more than 25 years, she and Harvey worked not just one, but many jobs together; certainly a testament to their love and compatibility. She worked as the juvenile officer, protecting and mentoring children. They were known to ride the streets together keeping the world safe, taking home lost children and protecting the innocent. She never stopped looking for the lost and she had a gift to find them.

The children of Hall Park will never forget the special years of trick-or-treating with officer Judy. When the Murrah Building was bombed in 1995, Judy worked alongside Harvey to identify victims and notify their families, both awful burdens which she carried with grace. You could count on a Judy Wreath party to be big, beautiful and memorable. Still, she appreciated little favors people did for her, the small welcoming gestures that made her feel loved.

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