Nettie Jane Goss, 1925-2016

Nettie Jane Goss

Nettie Jane Goss

Nettie Jane Goss, 90, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 17, 2016. She was born Aug. 8, 1925 in Plummerville, Arkansas to Roy and Ruth Burns. Nettie Jane moved to North Little Rock when she was five years old, and it was her home until her death.

She graduated from North Little Rock High School in 1942 and soon made the decision to become a nurse. She graduated from St. Vincent Nursing School in 1946 and began working there upon graduation. While working full-time, Nettie Jane returned to college and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the UAMS School of Nursing in 1966. She proudly remained at St. Vincent for 42 years, retiring in 1988. Nettie Jane was an active advocate for nurses. She was named Nurse of the Year by the Arkansas Nurses Association in 1965 and served as president of the Association in 1973. In 1976, she was appointed by Governor David Pryor to the State Board of Health and served three terms until 1987.

Nettie Jane first met Robert Goss at church when they were very young, but after he returned from the service they began a serious courtship and were married on Oct. 21, 1947. This began their 61-year adventure together.

Nettie Jane’s greatest joy was found in her faith, family and friends. She served beyond the local church as the North Arkansas Conference’s representative on the Lydia Patterson Institute board of trustees, as Conway District lay leader, vice-chair of the Conference committee on episcopacy, chair of the Conference nominating committee and as a delegate to the 1988 South Central Jurisdictional Conference. As an active member of Gardner Memorial United Methodist Church for most of her life, she loved serving as a Sunday school teacher, Methodist Youth Fellowship leader, committee chairperson, United Methodist Women president, Bible study teacher and faithful choir member. She was instrumental in starting a health clinic at Gardner which opened in 2000 and is still open today; she volunteered there every week for 10 years. Nettie Jane was inducted into the North Little Rock Senior Citizens Hall of Fame in 2008.

The family wants to express sincere thanks to the staff of Parkstone Retirement Center, Arkansas Hospice Association and numerous caregivers, especially Susan Ellis.

Nettie Jane is survived by her sister, Aileen Flurry of Austin, Texas; son, Chuck Goss and wife Sally of Little Rock; daughter, Janet Mitchell and husband Robert of Plano, Texas; grandchildren, Lindsay Fields and husband Chas, Kevin Brockmeier, Jeff Brockmeier and wife Jennifer and great-grandson, Jacob Brockmeier. Nettie Jane was also blessed by her many nieces and nephews and loved being their Aunt Net. She is predeceased by her parents and her husband, Robert.

After a private burial, a memorial service was held Friday, July 22 at Gardner Memorial United Methodist Church, followed by a time to visit with the family in the Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to Gardner Memorial United Methodist Church North Little Rock.