Cora Madge Goff

1907 - 2002

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Cora Madge Goff

1907 - 2002
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My name is Melba Goff Matthews. My younger sister, Carol Goff Kemp, asked me to write my impression of our mother, so with apologies to Van Druten, the author of the play, 'I Remember Mama', I'm going to use that title to write about my mother, Sabina Josephine Larson Goff, whose husband was Cliffor

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Cora Madge Goff


Midvale City Cemetery

445 W 6th Ave
Midvale, Salt Lake, Utah
United States

Headstone Description

1st Headstone:
Clifford Isaac 1877-1942
Sabina Larson 1877-1953
Parents of:
Leo Clifford 1905-1909
Louis Edwin 1906-1971
Cora Madge 1907-2002
Melba Bernece 1909-2006
Carol 1911-1987

2nd Headstone:
Leo Clifford Goff

3rd Headstone:
Sabina L Goff

4th Headstone:
Clifford I Goff
July 27, 1877 - May 4, 1942

Kevin L. Rider

May 1, 2012


May 2, 2012

Kevin L. Rider

April 30, 2012

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I Remember Mama, Memories of Sabina by her daughter Melba (Part 1)

Contributor: Jeanette_Allan Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

My name is Melba Goff Matthews. My younger sister, Carol Goff Kemp, asked me to write my impression of our mother, so with apologies to Van Druten, the author of the play, "I Remember Mama", I'm going to use that title to write about my mother, Sabina Josephine Larson Goff, whose husband was Clifford Isaac Goff of Midvale, Utah. I remember mama as a beautiful, intelligent, honest, gentle, kindly mother who loved her husband and family dearly and devoted her life to them and her church. She was patient, understanding, loving, and kind. She was humble and sincere in her religious beliefs, and happily spent many hours studying and preparing her Relief Society and Sunday School assignments. She was a steadfast worker as a mother, wife, neighbor, friend, and community worker. Her motto of "cleanliness is next to godliness" insured us of clean clothes, house and yard. Her intense belief in good education encouraged us children to be good students in body and mind and she did all in her power to help and support us in our ideals and accomplishments. She was a good organizer, a believer in obeying law and order, and had the wonderful ability to meet and cope with the economic crisis during World War I and the Great Depression of 1929. She made many sacrifices and self-denials in order to give to and take care of her family. She was very generous. She loved beauty in all things, and was fastidious in her grooming and her clothing. Her great desire to always improve herself instilled in her a great love of literature and history, and geography. She and Daddy accumulated an extensive library of the classics, history and church books. She was an avid reader and always made marginal notes as she read. She used an unabridged dictionary and encouraged us to do likewise. As children, she read to us many times from "The Book of Knowledge" and the fairy tale books. As we grew older, we were provided with the Encyclopedia Britannica to help us in our homework. They provided us with novels of uplifting ideals, and good examples of gracious living and industriousness, and honor. She loved teaching before she was married and was so proud and happy when she taught a ******** boy to write his name. She had beautiful penmanship and encouraged us to practice writing so it would be neat and legible. "Practice makes perfect" she used to say. She was an excellent seamstress and delighted in making lovely clothes for her children and herself. Her many quilled and dyed quilts for the home and canyon use were beautifully done. She embroidered many beautify temple aprons for use in Daddy's mortuary business, and her crocheted things and her beaded dresses were works of art. Two of her hand-beaded dresses are now on display in the Midvale museum. She made many beautiful costumes for my dance programs and a lovely Martha Washington dress for herself to wear at a costume ball. I still have that costume and my black lace mantilla i wore for a Spanish dance! She taught me to mend stockings with the weaving stitch on a darning ball. Having been a teacher, she taught her children good manners, proper grammar, respect for one another, love of nature, honesty and integrity, diligence and perseverance, love of country and respect for authority. She and Daddy provided a mission experience for their son Louis; piano, vocal, cello, saxophone, and dancing lessons for their three daughters. Even during the 1929 depression, they provided their children with special educational opportunities and L.S. High School and College and the University of Utah. She was proud of her schooling and was delighted when Carol and I took her to her University of Utah (Deseret) Emeritus functions. I remember her as a gracious hostess to her "U Club", all graduates of the University of Deseret. She prepared delicious food and served it on a beautifully set table of lovely linen, crystal, good china and silverware. Even though she, herself, did not drink coffee, she would borrow Aunt Millie's coffee pot so she could serve coffee to those who did drink it! I remember the many delicious dinners she served to the General Authority at conference times. I was especially impressed when Daddy brought David O.McKay home for a Sunday dinner between morning and afternoon sessions. Brother McKay was a general superintendent of Church Sunday Schools at that time and Daddy was state superintendent. She loved to entertain her Larson Sisters Club and made it possible for us to have a Cousins Club. She was always proud of and loved her Swedish parents and brothers and sisters. She truly was proud of her heritage. She delighted in telling us stories of her parents and some of her childhood experiences. Grandpa John Larson came to America alone and was soon able to send money to his sweetheart Christina Pehrson so she could come to America to marry John. Christina was a personal maid to a rich lady in Sweden. Mother was taught many lessons in how to be genteel and gracious and she passed her learning on to us. She taught us a Swedish song, which I can still sing, and several Swedish words. Grandpa Larson would not allow any language but English to be spoken. He was proud to be an American citizen and he insisted his family learn good English. She told us that her father worked for the railroad and injured his leg in an accident that left him wearing a steal brace on his leg for the rest of his life. He could no longer work for the railroad so he became a blacksmith and raised beautiful horses. He prized them highly and treated them humanely - he could not tolerate cruelty to animals. One day, Sabina rode on of the beautiful horses to the cleaners with her brother Jack. While waiting for him to pick up his suit, a couple of dogs in front of the shop started fighting. Mother's horse became frightened and he reared up and mother was thrown off, hitting the back of her head very hard. She was blind for three days, due to the concussion, and developed an intense fear of dogs. Until she told of this incident, I never understood why she wouldn't let us have a dog for a pet. When we'd ask to have one, she always said, "When you have a home of your own, you can have as many dogs as you want."

Life timeline of Cora Madge Goff

Cora Madge Goff was born in 1907
Cora Madge Goff was 7 years old when Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were assassinated by a Yugoslav nationalist named Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo, sparking the outbreak of World War I. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria-Este was a member of the imperial Habsburg dynasty, and from 1896 until his death the heir presumptive (Thronfolger) to the Austro-Hungarian throne. His assassination in Sarajevo precipitated Austria-Hungary's declaration of war against Serbia, which in turn triggered a series of events that resulted in Austria-Hungary's allies and Serbia's declaring war on each other, starting World War I.
Cora Madge Goff was 13 years old when The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing women's suffrage in America. The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. It was adopted on August 18, 1920.
Cora Madge Goff was 23 years old when Great Depression: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President Herbert Hoover proposes a $150 million (equivalent to $2,197,000,000 in 2017) public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy. The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the 1930s, beginning in the United States. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations; in most countries it started in 1929 and lasted until the late-1930s. It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression of the 20th century. In the 21st century, the Great Depression is commonly used as an example of how far the world's economy can decline.
Cora Madge Goff was 38 years old when World War II: Nagasaki is devastated when an atomic bomb, Fat Man, is dropped by the United States B-29 Bockscar. Thirty-five thousand people are killed outright, including 23,200-28,200 Japanese war workers, 2,000 Korean forced workers, and 150 Japanese soldiers. Nagasaki is the capital and the largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in Japan. The city's name, 長崎, means "long cape" in Japanese. Nagasaki became a centre of colonial Portuguese and Dutch influence in the 16th through 19th centuries, and the Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region have been recognized and included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Part of Nagasaki was home to a major Imperial Japanese Navy base during the First Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War.
Cora Madge Goff was 46 years old when Jonas Salk announced the successful test of his polio vaccine on a small group of adults and children (vaccination pictured). Jonas Edward Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. Born in New York City, he attended New York University School of Medicine, later choosing to do medical research instead of becoming a practicing physician. In 1939, after earning his medical degree, Salk began an internship as a physician scientist at Mount Sinai Hospital. Two years later he was granted a fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he would study flu viruses with his mentor Thomas Francis, Jr.
Cora Madge Goff was 57 years old when The Beatles make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing before a "record-busting" audience of 73 million viewers across the USA. The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential music band in history. Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several musical styles, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways. In 1963, their enormous popularity first emerged as "Beatlemania"; as the group's music grew in sophistication, led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, the band were integral to pop music's evolution into an art form and to the development of the counterculture of the 1960s.
Cora Madge Goff was 71 years old when Jim Jones led more than 900 members of the Peoples Temple to mass murder/suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, hours after some of its members assassinated U.S. Congressman Leo Ryan (pictured). James Warren Jones was an American religious cult leader who initiated and was responsible for a mass suicide and mass murder in Jonestown, Guyana. He considered Jesus Christ as being in compliance with an overarching belief in socialism as the correct social order. Jones was ordained as a Disciples of Christ pastor, and he achieved notoriety as the founder and leader of the Peoples Temple cult.
Cora Madge Goff was 82 years old when Cold War: Fall of the Berlin Wall: East Germany opens checkpoints in the Berlin Wall, allowing its citizens to travel to West Berlin. The Berlin Wall was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Constructed by the German Democratic Republic, starting on 13 August 1961, the Wall cut off West Berlin from virtually all of surrounding East Germany and East Berlin until government officials opened it in November 1989. Its demolition officially began on 13 June 1990 and finished in 1992. The barrier included guard towers placed along large concrete walls, accompanied by a wide area that contained anti-vehicle trenches, "fakir beds" and other defenses. The Eastern Bloc portrayed the Wall as protecting its population from fascist elements conspiring to prevent the "will of the people" in building a socialist state in East Germany.
Cora Madge Goff was 87 years old when The Rwandan genocide begins when the aircraft carrying Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira is shot down. The Rwandan genocide, also known as the genocide against the Tutsi, was a genocidal mass slaughter of Tutsi in Rwanda by members of the Hutu majority government. An estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 Rwandans were killed during the 100-day period from 7 April to mid-July 1994, constituting as many as 70% of the Tutsi population. Additionally, 30% of the Pygmy Batwa were killed. The genocide and widespread slaughter of Rwandans ended when the Tutsi-backed and heavily armed Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) led by Paul Kagame took control of the country. An estimated 2,000,000 Rwandans, mostly Hutus, were displaced and became refugees.
Cora Madge Goff died in 2002 at the age of 95
Grave record for Cora Madge Goff (1907 - 2002), BillionGraves Record 988516 Midvale, Salt Lake, Utah, United States