Joanne Goodlin Starr

June 30, 1929 to Aug. 25, 2013 -

by: SUBMITTED - Joanne Goodlin StarrJoanne Goodlin Starr passed away Aug. 25, 2013 at her home in Mountain Park in Lake Oswego.

Born Patricia Joanne Goodlin on June 30, 1929 in Eugene, Ore., she was the second child of Emil Clair Goodlin and Ann Josephine Porter Goodlin.

As a child Joanne studied classical piano and ballet. She attended Eugene High School, now South Eugene High School, and was active in many school activities. She played the flute, cello and first base for the school’s softball team.

After graduating from high school she attended Mills College in California, spending her junior year in France at The Sorbonne and graduating in 1951 with a degree in French. Upon graduation, she obtained work with United Airlines in Denver, Colo., where she met and soon married U.S. Air Force Lt. Edward “Ted” Alden Starr. The Starrs enjoyed singing with many local dance bands in the Portland area.

In 1960 the Starrs bought a small hobby farm in Multnomah County, Ore., and adopted four children: Robin Lynn Starr Anderson, Ann Denise “Deni” Starr, Brett Alden Starr and Eric Alden Starr. They had horses, sheep, chickens and a goat named Calamity. All four children attended Portland Public Schools and graduated from Andrew Jackson High School.

On June 16, 1976 Joanne lost her husband Ted to cancer. She took over his business, The E.A. Starr Company, representing industrial heating manufacturers and was the only woman in that field for the years she ran the business. After retiring, she sold the farm and moved to Lake Oswego.

She is survived by her four children, her son-in-law Matthew Anderson and daughter-in-law Julie Walsh Starr, along with her six grandchildren, Rachelle and Kyle Anderson, Dillion, Brianna and Alicia Starr and Edward “Ted” Alden Locke, as well as her great grandson, Riley James Alden Starr. She is also survived by her brother, Dr. Robert C. Goodlin and his wife, Velma, their four children and nine great grand nieces and nephews.

Memorial services have been held.