GREENSBURG – The joyful sound of carillon bells from the First Presbyterian Church rang out across the courthouse square and neighborhoods in Greensburg Sunday.
The carillon was installed by the family and friends of Alice Goddard in her memory. She was the much beloved organist at the church for nearly 18 years. In addition to the bells, a bronze plaque was placed in the Memorial Room of the church. The plaque pictures Alice, in color, while sitting at the organ and gives additional information.
Alice was born Alice Marie Gartin in 1917. Her father was a nationally known auctioneer. In 1938 she married John W. Goddard who was judge of the 69th Judicial Circuit in Indiana for 30 years. Their three sons, Stephen Gartin, John Phillip and Alan Joe and their families, were in attendance Sunday for the dedication as were many friends.
Thelma Corya gave a moving tribute to Alice during the dedication of the carillon. She recounted her memories of Alice and her family and read notes and letters from some young people who wrote of the lasting influence she had on them while organist at the church.
Alice grew up in a musical home. Her mother had a degree in music and a grand piano in her home taking most of the space in their living room. Her older sister played the piano, harp and xylophone. Alice played the violin, accordion, piano and organ. Her uncle provided the piano background music to the silent movies being played at the Tree Theater in Greensburg.
The three sons thought it would be a nice tribute to establish a memorial in her memory. Phil said, “Upon consultation with Greg and Judy Rust, the idea of a carillon began to materialize and Greg saw it to fruition. The Goddard family and friends of the Goddard family are proud to provide such a tribute in her memory.”