JANUARY 19, 1967– MARCH 8, 2023
Brittney Leigh Goodman, 56, of Fargo, N.D., passed away unexpectedly at her home on March 8, 2023.
Brittney was born January 19, 1967, to Ruth Wilson Pollock and Donald Ray Goodman, in Hardinsburg, KY. She graduated from Breckinridge County High School in 1985 and went on to attend Kentucky Wesleyan College, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She attended graduate school at Western Illinois University where she studied English literature and composition. She received a graduate degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in 1996.
In 1997 Brittney joined Minnesota State University Moorhead as a librarian. She went on to serve many roles at the college, including professor, Dean of Instructional Resources, Executive Director of the Livingston Lord Library, and her current role as Director of the Faculty and Professional Learning Center.
In addition to her duties at MSUM, Brittney was involved in numerous activities in the Fargo-Moorhead area. As a lover of movies, since 2008 she served as a volunteer and organizer of the annual Fargo Film Festival. She used her natural leadership skills as a festival co-chair and chairperson of many film submission review and selection juries. In 2016 she received the prestigious Margie Bailly Volunteer Spirit Award for her many contributions to the festival. She helped organize the annual St. Patrick’s Parade in Fargo, as well as SantaCom, a holiday-themed charity event. As a proud Kentucky native, she hosted a Kentucky Derby Party each May, making it memorable by unveiling the new Spotify playlist she created each year, and by leading her guests in singing “My Old Kentucky Home.”
Whether in Downtown Fargo, her beloved home base, or anywhere she traveled, Brittney was always approachable, kind and inclusive. She was a natural connector, who took great joy in drawing out the unique stories of everyone she met. This made Brittney a valued long-time contributor to the High Plains Reader, a weekly Fargo-based alternative newspaper. For her countless friends, Brittney’s passing leaves a void that can never be replaced. But they all are better for having known her and will cherish her memory and carry on her infectious spirit throughout their lives.
She is survived by her brothers Jason Goodman and Chris Goodman; stepfather Carl Pollock; step-brother Todd Pollock; step-sister Tracey Kasey; aunt Becky Taul; uncles John Taul and Gene David Shrewsbury; niece Kelsie Haynes; nephew Ronin Goodman; great-niece June Miller Lashbrook; and cousins Carol Galloway, Shannon Hawkins, Brian Miller, Jackie Robbins, Chad Taul, Jay Taul, other cousins and her large array of friends, who all loved her dearly.
She is preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, an aunt, an uncle, and her cat, Clancey.
A memorial service will be held at Minnesota State University Moorhead in the Dille Center for the Arts Gaede Stage Theater on Thursday, March 30, 2023, at 2pm.
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