Sarah Drorbaugh Goodnow


Sarah Viola Drorbaugh Goodnow died Nov. 3, 2007. She was born in Mesa at home on April 30, 1920 to William Jefferson Drorbaugh and Rachael Leone Steed. She was the middle child of five: William (Goldie), Verna Linton (Jack), herself, Walter (Elaine) and Weldon (Geraldine).

Unable to pursue higher education, she went to beauty school and was a beauty operator. She met and married Art Goodnow in 1944, when he was stationed in the Valley as a flight instructor during World War II.

They moved to California near his home until April 1956, when they moved to Payson, Ariz. She opened Payson's first beauty shop and Art Goodnow and Walt Drorbaugh had a variety store, Walt & Art's, carrying everything from housewares and sewing fabric to sporting goods and chain saws.

Her husband was a fixed-wing pilot. He contracted with the Forest Service to fly "bird dog" for the slurry bombers on forest fires. He was killed on the Hatchery Fire in 1961.

Mrs. Goodnow continued with her beauty shop, bought the local flower shop and took over the answering service, working all three businesses out of her home. She retired in 1978 and moved to Mesa where she worked for a number of years in the LDS Family History Center.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was artistically gifted. In high school, she played the violin. She was talented in leatherwork, copper work, sewing and a variety of needlework, and worked with the Girl Scouts and 4-H. She won many ribbons at the Payson-Pine Fair for her knitting, sewing, canning and baking. She was always seeking out the best books and held many callings in the LDS Church.

She is survived by her only child, Sara (Lance) Stewart; and four grandchildren: Jason, Katherine, Christina and Robert; and her brother, Weldon of Mesa.

Services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007 at the Maricopa Stake Center, 611 N Stewart, Mesa.

Meldrum Mortuary handled the arrangements.

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