4/11/2013 1:56:00 PM OBITUARY: Constaynce M. Goins
Constaynce M. Goins affectionately called Mother, Mom, Nana, Connie, Sis, and Auntie, God gently transported her from the labor of this life to her reward in heaven in the early hours of the morning, as she knelt at her bedside in prayer on March 28, 2013.
Her soulmate, Jim, was there to greet and welcome her home. She entered this world on May 19, 1934 in Casa Grande, Ariz. to Christeen Hertt and Vander Brown, Sr.
When Christeen later married Ruben Counselor Smith, they moved to Phoenix, Ariz. and the family later settled in Blythe. As the eldest of her siblings, Connie became her mother's right-hand helping to care for her brothers and sisters while attending school, and working in the family-owned cafe.
Ruben, being a Reverend, taught his children about the love of Jesus and Connie accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at an early age. During her teen years she began playing the piano by ear. Realizing that she had been given a special gift, she committed herself to developing her voice and musicianship. Her ability to minister in song with her soft soprano voice opened many doors that allowed her to minister across the country, including the Church of God in Christ National Conventions in Memphis, Tenn.
Connie received her formal education in Blythe and graduated from Palo Verde College with an Associate Degree in Business. In addition to all of her other roles and accomplishments, she was named the first female African American police officer in Blythe.
In 1950, Connie and her love, Lloyd D. Bowen, were united in holy matrimony. Their union produced their two precious children, Lloyd Douglas "Doug" and Rochelle Renaye.
After Lloyd accepted his calling to the ministry, he was ordained as the pastor of White Rose Church of God in Christ. They became the 'dynamic duo' of White Rose. Lloyd preached, Connie played the piano, and both of them ministered through song. As the First Lady of White Rose, Connie had a heart for the people, and she was always doing for others. She was one of the founding members of the "Quintones", a singing group that ministered in churches and conventions in California, Arizona and Texas.
Leaving Blythe in 1960, Connie, Doug and Renaye relocated to San Diego where they continued their fellowship and spiritual growth at Greater Jackson Memorial COGIC, under the late Bishop J.A. Blake, then later at Bayview Baptist Church under the late Rev. L.L. Henderson.
Connie loved sports and she also competed in tennis. She was always encouraging team sports especially in her children and to that end, Doug excelled at baseball and Renaye excelled at track. Her children stated, "Mom was always right there with us cheering us on whether she was in the stands or in the concession stand. She instilled in us, 'You can do anything you want, if you want it badly enough'."
While working as a social worker in 1965, Connie met and later married her soulmate, James (Jim) F. Goins. In 1969, the family relocated to Los Angeles, Calif. She became a member of West Angeles Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Bishop Charles Blake where she served faithfully for over 40 years. Her music ministry continued as she sang with the Cathedral and Vessels Choirs.
Jim and Connie were avid bowlers and very passionate about their pets. Jim's dog, 'Rusty', and her kitty, 'Missy' were also constant companions. They loved nature and the great outdoors and spent countless hours enjoying camping and fishing. Grandchildren, Jamille and Jeremy, loved their summer fishing and camping trips with Papah and Nana.
Upon retirement from many years of working, Connie as a supervisor in medical records and Jim in aerospace, they would frequently hit the road in their motorhome setting out to catch that "big fish". Even though their favorite fishing venue was the Salton Sea, they ventured to wherever the Lord led them - even as far as Canada. Jim and Connie were inseparable until Jim went home to be with the Lord in August 1998.
After Connie's health began to decline, she moved back to San Diego in January 2012 to be closer to her children. She lived with Renaye, and Doug visited faithfully. Her face always lit up whenever Doug walked into her room. Every day she was showered with the love of her family. Her son-in-law, Elder Frank, became her personal chef, and her grandchildren, Jamille and Jeremy, assisted with her care and companionship. Her love of music continued and the sound of gospel music was always streaming in her bedroom. Connie also had a very special bond with her sisters, Earline and Joyce, who visited almost every day. Together, they chuckled as they reminisced about stories of their childhood, they read the Bible, they prayed and they sang together. They diligently confessed their love for the Lord and their faith in His healing power. Connie especially enjoyed the special rides she took with various family members to the beach or the park for her special ice cream outings.
Connie was preceded in death by six siblings: sister, Emma Brown; and five brothers, Ruben Smith, Rudolph Smith, Washington Lee Smith, Kenneth Smith and Rudy Brown.
Connie leaves an incredible legacy of love to be remembered and cherished by her son, Lloyd Douglas (Barbara) Bowen, Jr.; daughter, Rochelle Renaye (Frank) Goring; granddaughter, Jamille ReNae' Lawson; grandson, Jeremy Edwin Lawson; three sisters, Earline (Amuel) Hilliard and Joyce (Raymond) Shields both of San Diego and Janet Ghazali of Patchogue, N.Y.; two brothers, Vander (Elaine) Brown, Jr. of Sun City West, Ariz. and Donald Young of Los Angeles; step-grandchildren, Kimberly Goring and Sheena and Angie Powels; many nephews, nieces, cousins, church family, and special friends who will miss her extraordinary gifts of compassion, singing and sense of hum
Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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My Mother enjoyed so many people of Blythe. After we departed, she would visit many of her dear friends but she would visit the canal banks and the Colorado River more often. She loved to fish. She was a great Mother...she will be missed.