THE GODWIN GIRLS: MARGUERITE, TRULA AND JOYCE
MARGUERITE ELIZABETH MARRS GODWIN : MOTHER AND MATRIACH OF THE FAMILY
Our mother, Marguerite Elizabeth Marrs married Lloyd Jewell Godwin, our father. They would lose their first two children, Lloyd Jewel Godwin Jr. and Estella Frances Godwin. The infants died within hours of their birth. Trula Ann Godwin was born January 22, 1940 and Joyce Marie Godwin was born February 7, 1943. We lived in Okmulgee, Oklahoma until 1957 when we moved to Lubbock, Texas following the divorce of Lloyd and Marguerite, and her re-marriage to Willard Maurice Smith. The following year we moved to Davenport, Iowa where Willard attended Palmer College of Chiropractic and received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree and went on faculty at Palmer College for the next 40 years. Lloyd died in 1989, Marguerite died in 1999., and as of this article Willard is alive, still practicing chiropractic at age 87.
AUTHOR FROM THE GRASSROOTS; GREYHOUND LADY WALKING SUSPENSE SERIES. JOYCE GODWIN GRUBBS
Joyce Godwin Grubbs ismother of three children, and a "Jill of all trades" having worked in many areas in her lifetime, overlapping many roles. She enjoyed nursing, massage therapy, established three non-profits to benefit victim/survivors, helped start others in Iowa, and was a Victim Advocate for rape/sexual assualt, and domestic violence victim/survivors. She became the author of the "Greyhound Lady Walking Series" which told real cases fictionalized (to protect the identities of those involved) so that their voices would be heard, and their stories told so they would never be forgotten. She "reired " 4 times only to become "refired" on the internet and Facebook, still advocating and mentoring into her 70's. Having married Herman Lee Grubbs (affectionately known to her and the family as "Jim Kent", Clark Kent's unknown brother and Herman's alias,) They were married in 1962 in Stillwater, Oklahoma while at Oklahoma State University (with only a minor blip on their radar, they remain married 51 years later, living in Davenport, Iowa where Herman retired from a career of teaching in public education. www.joycegodwingrubbs.webs.com
A RARE PICTURE OF THE FAMILY TOGETHER
Shown here in 1962 (left to right) Darrell Eugene Tanner, Trula Ann Godwin Tanner, Joyce Godwin Grubbs, Herman Lee Grubbs, (Step-father) Willard Maurice Smith, Marguerite Marrs Godwin Smith. Taken at First Christan Church, Stillwater, Oklahoma January 28, 1962. Lloyd Godwin, our father, was ill with tuberculosis and unable to attend due to being a patient at the Talihania Sanitorium.
CHILDHOOD TO SIXTIES
From childhood in Okmulgee to Adulthood in Iowa. In the childhood picture we are in elementary school at Horace Mann in Okmulgee and lived on Ninth street "Across the tracks" where there were three houses; each occupied by a family member of the Godwins. The road to cross over to the tracks dead ended at the third house where we lived, the middle house was our Aunt and Uncle's, and the Godwin Grandparents lived in the first house nearest the tracks. The experiences would lead me to use the location and lightly base the story of our family in the novel, "The Wrong/Strong Side of the Tracks".
TRULA ANN AT SIX JOYCE MARIE AT THREE.
While Joyce was blond with fine hair, Trula on the other hand had thick, black, luxurious hair even as a baby Often called the "Little Indian Child" due to her coloring which was a darker skin and dark snapping black eyes. She was a natural and her hair was always in curls. It was a matter of pride with our mother that we look like we were "someone". Though our clothes were homemade, often from flour sacks, they were always clean and ironed. Mother had pride.
Here is Joyce at three years old. She had very fine hair which became a matter of challenge as the years went by. Perms were given that burned her air to a crisp and to the root. The methods were the old highly "stinky" solutions and wires with burner curlers, and they did burn. Many pictures that would subsequently be taken for school pictures bordered on hilarious. Especially when she tried to fix her own and cut her own bangs in grade school.
LLOYD JEWELL GODWIN : FATHER TO TRULA AND JOYCE
The only picture we have of us with our dad, Lloyd J. Godwin. Daddy was very proud of the new 98 Olds and took us for a ride. No one else had a car that new or that expensive so we were very impressed. Daddy traveled as a welder for the Oklahoma Union and our visits became rare. He always did very over the top things when we did see him, like giving each of us a diamond ring he had made from matching diamonds that had been requisitioned for a banker's wife then not used. I was only 14 when I got my $500 diamond ring (that would have been in 1957) and Trula's was equally expensive and she would have been 17. I gave mine to my son when he wanted to become engaged.
PIONEER POLICE WOMAN: TRULA ANN GODWIN
Trula Ann Godwin (Tanner) achieved many things in her lifetime. She was mother to 5 children, became a pioneer police woman following a rape in her home after the birth of her 5th child.The investigation was so poorly handled by an all male team, it motivated her to return to college then join the Davenport Iowa police department . She became a sex crime expert, was decorated for heroism, and became reconized as an outstanding police officer by the Women's International Police Association. She died of breast cancer December 23, 2002 after 28 years on the force.She was posthumously inducted into the Iowa Women's Archives as an influencial woman in Law Enforcement history in Iowa. http://www.trulagodwinproject.webs.com
WEDDING OF DARREL EUGENE TANNER TO TRULA ANN GODWIN 1959 IN OKMULGEE, OKLA
ONE OF MANY STORIES OF TRULA IN THE FAMILY LEGACY BOOK
THE FAMILY LEGACY BOOK
Trula enjoyed a very "colorful" career as a woman who had to earn her place on the force and was not "welcomed" by the male officers who believed women should not be officers. This was only one of the stories her author sister, Joyce, wrote about her. It has been an enduring story through the years, even being sent in custom Christmas cards. The story in full, is told in the family "Legacy Book" of 66 stories which include stories from the 1930's to 2010.