Shirley Cassady Goodwin, 84, of Englewood, Fla., passed away Monday, Feb. 17, 2014.
She was born Christmas Day, 1929, in Arcadia, Fla., to Karl and Allie Zora Cassady.
Shirley spent her youth in Louisville, Ky. A talented dancer, by age 16, she had performed with the Louisville Ballet, the Louisville Opera, and once worked with the legendary comedienne, Gracie Allen. Shirley graduated from Punta Gorda High School in Punta Gorda, Fla., and was named Miss Punta Gorda 1945. She married her high school sweetheart, Karl Futch. After a career in graphic arts, Shirley turned her keen eye to painting watercolors, and was a member of the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society and participated in several Florida art exhibitions, winning numerous awards. Some of her art is on permanent display at the Coral Creek Airport. She married Ben Goodwin and settled in Englewood.
Shirley is survived by her sons, Mark (Kathy) Futch and David (Sally) Futch; grandchildren, Cheyenne, Matt (Marisa) and Rey (Christian) Urbat; and great-grandson, Francis Futch. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Karl Futch and Ben Goodwin.
There will be a private gathering at the graveside at Indian Springs Cemetery in Punta Gorda. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Boca Grande Health Clinic Foundation.
Arrangements are by Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home and Cremation Services.