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Jenny Goodwin

July 11, 1967 — August 23, 2023

Jenny Maite Goodwin, a compassionate and loving soul with an immense heart, passed away on August 23, 2023, at the age of 56. She was born on July 11, 1967, in Papeete, Tahiti, Polynésie Française to Auguste Ferdinand Puhiava Estall and Jacqueline Piriarii Ling Chan Estall. She resided in American Fork, Utah, where she created a nurturing and loving environment for her family.

Jenny was a devoted wife to her beloved spouse, Steven Goodwin, and together they shared a life filled with love and companionship. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on August 22, 1991. Jenny and Steven were blessed with three children; Joshua, Ariana, and Miriama.

Jenny's life was marked by her vibrant spirit and dedication to others. She was a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and found incredible strength in her faith. Her unwavering testimony led her to serve a mission in Louisville, Kentucky, where she selflessly shared her love and knowledge of a loving Savior with those around her.

Jenny poured her heart into creating a loving sanctuary for her family. She took great pride in her beautiful home and enjoyed spending time cultivating her garden, and ministering to her friends, family and strangers around. Jenny's heart expanded beyond her immediate family to include her beloved dogs Rocco and Mick, who brought her endless joy and companionship in the last few declining years.

Jenny had such a positive influence on everyone she met. No complaints, rarely a negative comment and always saw the good in life and reminded that to others. She had ministered to others continuously over her lifetime and did so under tremendous personal discomfort. Her antidote to the many trials she had personally endured was to spend it lifting others. Most of the things she did went unnoticed; friends, family or neighbors around us had no clue what she was up to; even her own children. She was a people whisperer and others shared their problems to her that they wouldn't share with anyone else, and she always found time to listen. She exemplified Matthew 6:1-4 to its fullness. She often quipped in private that life is unfair, and it seemed that so many others never saw half of the challenges that she faced and the cruelty life presented. She was human in that way, but rarely did she say that in front of others- only to her family when she had a weak moment. Life can be unfair but she chose to see it differently.

Jenny had her life miraculously extended 27 years ago when she received a double lung transplant after years of suffering from a congenital lung disease. She received a priesthood blessing during the early days of her transplant and subsequently made a promise to God that she would use this gift of life in a positive way as long as she could live to see her grandchildren and He in return would provide an opportunity of life necessary to participate in it. Nothing is for sure in this life and she never took for granted that blessing she received even though many times she felt like giving up. She was on lease from heaven, and she has kept that promise given so many years ago even through many, many hospital visits and pneumonia infections. She has remained faithful to her Heavenly Father, even after contracting Lymphoma cancer 16 years ago and having to undergo chemo and eventually a bone marrow transplant. The blessing was fulfilled last year with the birth of our grandson Liam; whom she loved purely and was grateful to have enjoyed the last year loving him. Jenny thought she may be able to see the return of her daughter Mimi from her LDS mission in Brazil and her subsequent temple marriage, but God called her home in fulfillment of that promise given 27 years ago. 27 years of miraculous life when medical professionals warned she may only live 9. She was on record as one of 3 individuals in America who survived an organ transplant to this length of time.

Jenny leaves behind a legacy of love and compassion that will forever be treasured by those who were fortunate enough to have crossed paths with her. She is survived by her husband, Steven, children; Joshua (Jennifer), Ariana (Spencer) Demonja, and Miriama; grandson, Liam; and niece Kayla Patii; and her best friends and "sisters" Terava Hapairai and Georgette Bennett and "brother" Moroni Alvarez.

A viewing will be held at Anderson & Sons American Fork Chapel on August 28, 2023, from 6:00-8:00 PM. A viewing will also be held at the American Fork East Stake Center on August 29, 2023, at 9:45 AM, followed by the funeral service at 11:00 AM at the same location. Jenny will then be laid to rest in the American Fork Cemetery.

As we mourn the loss of Jenny, let us also remember to celebrate her life and the tremendous impact she made on those around her. May her kind and gentle spirit forever guide us and may her memory be a blessing.

Please share a memory on Jenny's Tribute Wall at www.AndersonMortuary.com.

Please click on the link below to watch Jenny's funeral service via live stream:

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Service Schedule

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Public Viewing

Monday, August 28, 2023

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Mountain time)

Anderson and Sons American Fork

49 East 100 North, American Fork, UT 84003

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Public Viewing

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

9:45 - 10:45 am (Mountain time)

American Fork East Stake Center

825 E 500 N, American Fork, UT 84003

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Mountain time)

American Fork East Stake Center

825 E 500 N, American Fork, UT 84003

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