Blenda Jo Godwin-Marion, 70, Topeka: March 2, 1949 – March 7, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. – Blenda Jo Godwin-Marion, 70, Topeka, Kan., passed away on March 7, 2019. She was born March 2, 1949, in Topeka, the daughter of William A. and Leila I. Snyder.

Blenda attended school in Highland Park and graduated from Highland Park High School. She attended college at Washburn University and received a degree from Kansas State University in education. She taught elementary physical education for more than 30 years for USD 501. Schools she taught at included Quinton Heights, State Street, Polk and Gage Elementary.

She enjoyed working with her plants in her greenhouse at home. She loved to travel and often talked of a trip she took to New Orleans. Blenda loved to spend time with her family, especially at the holidays. She also enjoyed going to the Walnut Valley Blue Grass Festival, at Winfield, Kan.

She is survived by her son, Zachariah Godwin and his wife, Sheila, of Carbondale, Kan.; grandchildren, Vincent Godwin, James “Jame” Godwin, Makayla Godwin, Dakota Graham, Presten Graham and Kaleb Graham; and her brother, Dennis Snyder, Topeka.

She was preceded in death by her son, James Scot Godwin; her parents, Bill and Leila Synder; and several aunts and uncles.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Blenda Jo Godwin-Marion Memorial Fund at Bank of America, 5325 SW 21 St., Topeka, KS 66604.

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