Skip to content

Stephanie Leanne (Emerson) Goodrich

March 4, 1989 — August 2, 2021

Stephanie Leanne (Emerson) Goodrich, 32, of Taylorville, passed away unexpectedly at 1:14 a.m. on Monday, August 2, 2021 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

Stephanie was born March 4, 1989 in Taylorville, the daughter of Frank T. and Mickey (McDonald) Emerson. As a young girl, she received second runner-up at the Miss Tri-County
Pageant. Stephanie graduated from Taylorville High School with the Class of 2007. She participated in Madrigals, choir, band, pit orchestra for every musical, and played on the soccer team all four years. Stephanie also volunteered her time to the community, where she was awarded the Gold Award by the Girl Scouts, the highest honor they bestow upon a member. She loved children, and volunteered at PREP, helping with their annual pre-school screenings and literacy nights.

Stephanie married Glen “Freddie” Goodrich III on July 9, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville, and the following day recited their vows once again at Freddie’s church, First Church of the Nazarene in Taylorville. Stephanie and Freddie have remained members of both churches. She is also a lifetime member of the Moose Lodge #1516, member of the Women of the Moose #1263, and an alumnus of the Taylorville Choir. Stephanie was currently employed at McDonald’s in Taylorville as a Crew Trainer. She loved her job, and it showed with how she treated all patrons with kindness. Stephanie had an amazing smile that lifted the spirits of everyone who came in contact with her.

She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Christine Emerson; sister, Katelyn Emerson; paternal grandparents, Bea and Frank T. Emerson, Sr.; and uncle, John Damarin.

Stephanie is survived by her husband, Freddie Goodrich, III of Taylorville; parents, Mickey and Frank T. Emerson, Jr. of Taylorville; brother, F. Thad (wife, Kayla) Emerson of Taylorville; maternal grandparents, Pat and David L. McDonald of Taylorville; aunts, Jean McDonald of Edinburg, P.J. (husband, Bob) Ruckstuhl of Newberry, OH, Kathy (husband, David) Johnson of Owings, MD, Vanessa (husband, Joe) Leach of Taylorville, Karen (husband, Porky) Mills of Taylorville, and Diana Damarin of Taylorville; uncles, Chris (wife, Beth) McDonald of Urbana, Charlie (wife, Paula) McDonald of Lake Charles, LA, David McDonald of Taylorville, and Bart (wife, Julie) Emerson of Taylorville; mother and father-in-law, Jeanie and Glen F. Goodrich, Jr. of Mt. Auburn; sisters-in-law, Jennifer (significant other, Robby Mozie) Law of Taylorville, and April (husband, Eric) Mertens of Portland, OR; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation: The family will receive guests from 3:00-8:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, Ill. 62568.

Funeral Ceremony: 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 23, 2021 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, with Pastor Rita Briggs officiating.

Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: The family of Stephanie L. Goodrich c/o Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home.

Please visit to share memo- ries of Stephanie, or offer condolences to her family.


  1. Vickie Dixon on August 6, 2021 at 9:19 am

    My dear cousins, I am devastated to hear the news and my heart is breaking for your loss. I know there are no words to comfort you, so I am praying for you all. Love you all very much. Vickie Elam Dixon

  2. Terry on August 6, 2021 at 11:46 am

    So sorry for the loss my condolence to the family an my prayers

  3. Lora Tarrant Cook on September 3, 2021 at 2:39 am

    I am so sorry for your loss, so young,,,keep your family in our prayers

Leave a Comment