Ann Marie Batcher Godwin, June 10, 1933 – August 27, 2021 | Go out and go
Ann Marie Batcher Godwin was born on June 10, 1933 in Long Beach, California, to Emma (Stoltenberg) Batcher and Harry William Batcher. She died in Moab on August 27 at the age of 88, surrounded by her family.
Ann shared memories of when she was little and lived on the family sailboat, “The Mystic”, as it cruised between the California coast and Catalina Island. Ann said that when she and her brother argued, they would be placed in the dinghy behind the sailboat to “fix the problem.” When she was 12, Ann’s family moved to Valley Center, Calif., Where she spent her days riding the hills on her horse.
Ann met her husband, Richard Arden Godwin, while attending Palomar College in San Marcos, Calif., In 1952. Ann was a conductor in a parade and Richard was playing the trumpet in a band when Richard spotted Ann for the first time. It was love at first sight for Richard, and he quickly proposed. The two ran off and got married on Valentine’s Day at The Chapel Around the Corner in Las Vegas in 1953.
The couple began their marriage in Vista, California. After a few years, they moved to Valley Center, California to raise five children. The couple welcomed three children into foster care to live with them in their home. The family loved to water ski and spend a family vacation traveling in their campervan around the country.
Ann has worked for the Valley Center School District, Schroeder Piano, and the Rincon and San Pasqual Indian Reservations. She started a bookkeeping business called Bilan. She has been active in public service through organizations such as the Rotary Club (where she served as president), the Valley Center Chamber of Commerce, and has been a staunch supporter of the Valley Center annual event, Western Days. Ann was even mayor of Valley Center at one point.
Ann found solace and joy in reading books and traveling with her children and grandchildren. She was known for the many bird feeders lining her porch that would attract hundreds of hummingbirds to her Valley Center home. In her later years, she spent time individually with her children’s families in Escondido, California; Phoenix, Arizona; and Moab, Utah.
Ann spent the last two years of her life at the Canyonlands Care Center in Moab, Utah. Ann was known to her caregivers for her gentle nature, quick wit, and love of sweets. Ann will be missed by ALL.
Ann was predeceased by her parents, husband and brother, Rob Roy Batcher. She is survived by her children, Dennis (Phyllis) Godwin of Syracuse, Utah; Gary Godwin from Tulsa, Oklahoma; Jeanne (Dennis) Cornett of Escondido, California; Jeffrey (Kristin) Godwin from Moab and Brian (Laura) Godwin from Windsor, Colorado. She is survived by ten grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren. She had hoped to live long enough to meet two great-grandchildren who would be born later this year.
The celebration of Ann’s life will take place on Saturday, October 8 at 2 p.m. at the Valley Center Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (14826 Fruitvale Road, Valley Center, CA). Rest in peace, chosen by God!