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Evangeline Godby dies at 94; was avid writer

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Evangeline "Vangie" Tappan Godby, 94, former Deseret News correspondent and an avid folk-history writer, died Wednesday, June 10, 1998, in a Mayfield, Sanpete County, care center.

A resident of Bicknell, Wayne County, Mrs. Godby worked part-time for the Deseret News beginning in 1963 after she had worked for many years as a correspondent for the Richfield Reaper.She was born in Teasdale, Wayne County, and graduated from Wayne High School in 1932. In 1920 she began training for the LDS Relief Society as nurse at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City.

During her life, she worked as a rancher, cowpuncher and as a cook in mining camps and had taught elementary school for about 14 years in Teasdale and in Caineville and Lyman, also in Wayne County.

Mrs. Godby attended the University of Utah and Brigham Young University. She enjoyed working as an artist, photographer and free-lance writer. She helped the National Park Service compile histories of people who helped settle what is now Capitol Reef National Park and Wayne County.

"Life is ordinary until you give it wings. I've seen so much wonderful talent wasted, when only a push in the other direction would have carried it singing into the sky. Nothing is as sad as a dead mind, heart and soul, in a living body," she said in a feature story published about her in the Deseret News in 1982.

She was a member of the Thurber Ward, Loa Utah Stake, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, in the Thurber Ward chapel, Bicknell, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Burial will be in the Bicknell Cemetery.