Patricia Christy Goodbody, 1928-2010 |

Patricia Christy Goodbody, 1928-2010

Special to the Daily
Vail, CO Colorado
Patricia Christy Goodbody

Eighty-two years, seven months and 22 days is a wonderful long life achieved by Patricia “Teta” Christy Woodland Goodbody, who passed on to join her father, Daniel LaMar Christy Sr.; mother Elise Bowman Christy; brothers D. LaMar Christy, Jr. and Earl Bradford Christy; first husband Jack Woodland; and second husband Garrett Goodbody on Dec. 21.

Teta was a beautiful, energetic, optimistic woman with an incredible memory who always had a compliment to share and unconditional love in her heart. Her life’s journey included being a daughter of the president of The Christy Company and the Croghan Colonial Bank, wife to husband Jack Woodland for over two decades, wife to second husband Garrett Goodbody and mother to daughter Christy Elise Woodland and son John Bernard “Chip” Woodland, M.D..

Patricia’s adventures included riding and hunting with her family as a young girl in Ohio, winning numerous ribbons and trophies for equitation classes in three-gate and five-gate classes, attending Vassar College in 1946, graduating from Bowling Green State University in 1950, teaching synchronized swimming, writing a book for women to help them understand football and modeling for Patricia Stevens Academy in Toledo, Ohio. She was active in the League of Women Voters, Camp Yukita, Camp Fire Girls and St Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Her numerous vocations included being consumer affairs representative for MasterCard, where she lectured on the wise use of credit, creating yearly recipe booklets using sauerkraut for the Fremont Kraut Company as well as appearing on radio and television throughout the country to promote this product. She founded “Dream Wear,” for which she designed and created sleepwear for women who have had mastectomies.

Since Teta grew up fishing and boating off Manitoulin Island near Kagawong, Ontario, she was a natural to take up catch and release fly fishing later in life. She fished primarily at the La Garita Club in southern Colorado and at Rockwell Trout Club in Ohio. She amazingly had just completed her 45th year of distance swimming. Her life travels moved her from Ohio to Marathon in the Florida Keys and finally to Colorado. She and her family traveled around the world together and her trip to Vienna in September marked 40 years of traveling abroad!

Teta leaves a full life of adventure and family who have fabulous memories of her life, including daughter Christy Elise Woodland, son John “Chip” Woodland, M.D., son-in-law Mark Ferguson, daughter-in-law Betty Ann Woodland and grandsons Luke Spencer Woodland and Bryce Elliot Woodland.

As she wrote in her memoirs, “Oh, the adventure we had! Oh, the beauty we had! Oh, the fun we had! Oh, the love we had! It surely was Camelot.”

In honor of Patricia’s memory, services will be held at the Beaver Creek Chapel in Beaver Creek, at 1 p.m. Sunday and in Perrysburg, Ohio, at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church on the same date and time. Teta has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to “Room to Read” or The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Vail. For more information, go to

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