Ruth Joan (Vergne) Godfrey

November 8, 1933 ~ March 27, 2019 (age 85)


Ms. Ruth Joan Godfrey, Age 85, of Garrison, Kentucky passed away Wednesday March 27th, 2019 at the Portsmouth Health and Rehabilitation center in Portsmouth, Ohio after an extended illness.

Joan was born in Lewis County, Kentucky November 8, 1933 to the late James Washington and Nellie Heath Vergne.  Joan earned her Masters Degree Rank 1 from Morehead State University.  Joan was the oldest member of the Quincy Church of Christ.  She established the church library, and served on the Mission Committee.  Was the Historian for the church and served in various positions over the years as a member of the church.

She was a member of the Historical Society and was an elementary school teacher at South Portsmouth and for the Garrison elementary school from which she retired. Joan enjoyed reading and quilting, loved to travel.

Preceded in death beside her parents was her husband Harold Edward Godfrey and one brother- James Gerald Vergne. 

Surviving Joan is a sister Barbara Dawn Vergne of Garrison, Ky.

One brother- John Nelson (Brenda) Vergne of New Vienna, Ohio.

Sister-in-law- Sandy Vergne of Garrison, Ky.

Three nieces- Renee (Billy) Dickey- Cynthiana, Ky., Debbie (Chris) Harris- Grayson, Ky., and Karen (Nick) Oyer of Washington Court House, Ohio.  One great niece Makenzie (Brandon) Owen, and three great nephews Alex and Brant Harris and Dakota Oyer.  Joan also leaves many other family members and friends who will mourn her passing.

Funeral services will be Monday April 1, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Gaydos Funeral Home 159 2nd street Vanceburg, Ky. 41179 with Brother Danny Bentley officiating.  Burial will follow in the Sunset cemetery Quincy, Ky.

Visitation will be Sunday March 31, 2019 from 6-8 pm and from 8:00 am until time of services Monday  at the funeral home. Pallbearers for Ruth Joan Godfrey will be Billy Dickey, Chris Harris, Alex Harris, Brant Harris, Brandon Owen, and Gary Vergne.  Honorary pallbearers will be Nick and Dakota Oyer.  Condolences may be sent to the family at

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March 31, 2019

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Gaydos Funeral Home
159 Second St
Vanceburg, KY 41179

Funeral Service
April 1, 2019

2:00 PM
Gaydos Funeral Home
159 Second St
Vanceburg, KY 41179

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