Head-on collision
decimates
Swan Valley family

 
Stacy Good
 
Kilty Good
 
Arundel Good
 
Tully Good



January 4, 2001
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana


An accident near Potomac three days after Christmas claimed the lives of nearly half of a large family in Swan Valley.

Only the father and four sons are left at the Kerry Good home in Lindbergh Lake after the mother, two daughters and another son were killed in a head-on collision last Thursday morning, a morning that began as a family ski outing to Snowbowl near Missoula.

The first of two memorial services was held Monday, Jan. 1, at Holland Lake Lodge where hundreds of people joined the family in remembering Stacy B. Good, 53, Kilty Brynn Good, 22, Arundel Rose Good, 18, and Marcus Todd Good, 13.

The Lodge at Holland Lake was packed with mourners. Cars were parked from the Lodge out onto the main road and almost to the boat launch at the secondary campground, Sheriff's Deputy Bob Parcell said. "I stopped counting at 400 people," he added.

All the victims had worked at Holland Lake Lodge at one time or another, and were fondly remembered by owner John Wolfiels. The second service will be held this Sunday, Jan. 7, at 2 p.m. at Camp Big Horn, the family's church home, on Highway 135, 22 miles above St. Regis. A reception will follow.

The mother and three children died when the Voklswagen Beetle they were driving was struck head on by a full size pickup attempting to pass other vehicles on a slight curve about a mile west of Potomac. The Volkswagen, with a gas tank in the front, caught fire and the victims were burned beyond recognition. The accident happened around 9:30 a.m.

Parcell, who notified Kerry Good at the family's home of the accident, said it was several hours before Kerry was able to determine who in his family had died and who had survived.

The surviving boysKayl, 25, Bo, 24, Davy, 20, and Hugh, 15were in another car that was ahead of the Volkswagen. They were not aware of the accident and were skiing at Snowbowl when the resort's administrative staff eventually located, and notified, them. It was only when they called home that Kerry Good found out who was riding in each car and who was left in his family, Parcell said.

The driver of the pickup truck, Michelle Herd, 26, and her 21-year-old sister from Washington were driving east on Highway 200 when they collided with the Good's Volkswagen Beetle. They had only minor injuries, and the driver was to have appeared in court Tuesday to face charges. The sisters were traveling from Washington to Great Falls where their mother was seriously ill and not expected to live.

Swan Song
Stacy B. Good, Kilty Brynn Good, Arundel Rose Good, Marcus Tully Good


Stacy B. Good, 53, Kilty Brynn Good, 22, Arundel Rose Good, 18, and Marcus Tully Good, 13, all of the Swan Valley, went to be in the hands of the Lord on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2000, following an automobile accident near Potomac.

Stacy Good

Stacy was born on Nov. 22, 1947, at Great Falls to Robert G. and Dorothy V. Barber. As a child, Stacy spent much of her time at the family home in Lincoln and at Lindbergh Lake. She graduated from Great Falls High School in 1966 and was a foreign exchange student in Norway. In 1967, she married H. Kerry Good. She worked and went to school in Denver until she became a mother in 1975.

She and Kerry then moved with their babies to the Good family home at Lindbergh Lake, where she spent most of her adult life raising the seven children who were the light of her life. Stacy had the largest heart and her heart will remain at the family home on the lake forever.

She was a high-spirited frontier-style woman who schooled the children at home. Stacy had an amazing green thumb and was the most fulfilling wife for 33 years. The closeness of her family was unique, as it seemed the family was always together. She instilled a love of family and friends and heritage that will keep her family together. Her greatest pleasures were reading to her children, telling stories and laughing her inimitable laugh around the home fire.

Kilty Good

Kilty was born on Dec. 8, 1978, at Cygnet Lake to H. Kerry and Stacy B. Good.

Kilty was an open, shining and stable character who from the earliest age would listen and help and guide. She loved Jesus above all and did many mission trips to Mexico to help the children. She inspired children and adults alike and was a wilderness outdoor recreation instructor for Prairie Bible College in Alberta, Canada.

She was very skilled in whitewater rafting, ice and rock climbing, and was a lifeguard. She took the most endearing photographs and won a blue ribbon at the Montana State Fair for her watercolor and calligraphy. She was the most loving daughter, sister, nanny and best friend. She and her sister Arundel grew their hair and donated it for young cancer patients' wigs.

Her baking and cooking skills were legendary in the family. She was an accomplished juggler and mime trouper.

She had chosen to remain in the arms of the Lord and was to take up the ministry for the young and disadvantaged.

Arundel Good

Arundel was born on Dec. 18, 1982, at Kalispell to H. Kerry and Stacy B. Good. She was strikingly beautiful and she loved God and Christ, her family and friends above all. She was proud to have never seen the inside of a classroom.

After graduation in 2001 she was to follow in her sister's footsteps at Bible College. Arundel had taken 10 mission trips to Mexico building churches and wells for the poor communities in the mountains. Her Rocky Mountain climbing skills had allowed her to be lead climber on even difficult climbs. She was a head waitress at the Holland Lake Lodge, where she had worked for five years. Her wildlife photography included otters and eagles. Her artwork had a comforting, yet mystical quality and was laced elegantly with religious illuminative writings and themes.

Arundel was the hardest of workers who had the gift of a gourmet's touch and presentation on the foods she prepared. She was almost always together with her beloved family.

Tully Good

Tully was born on Oct. 18, 1987, at Kalispell to H. Kerry and Stacy B. Good. He loved Jesus and was one with the Lord, his Savior. He was a spirited talker and able to be the best of friends to all, far, far beyond his years. He was proud to be in the eighth grade and was a budding guitar prodigy. Tully even played a half-hour drum solo set with his favorite band, Everclear, in Spokane. All the people in the audience thought he was part of the band's roadshow.

His six guitars, amps, and band equipment he proudly purchased with his own money earned working for Arthur and Elizabeth Ortenberg.

His snowboarding skills were astonishingly acrobatic and he even appeared in the classic snowboarding movie "Decade" with his loving brother Davy. His quick wit, laugh and smiles brought goodwill and cheer to all. He held the family sit-up record of 2,001 perfect sit-ups. His good cheer and ability to add brightness to every family occasion was remarked by all. Being the baby of the family, his closeness to his mother and two sisters was awesome to behold. His religious beliefs were strong far beyond his few years.

In these days of change, all four of these gentle souls enjoyed God's creations and the heritage that came with being fifth- and sixth-generation Montanans. All eight of the children's great-grandparents homesteaded in the state of Montana.

It makes it easier for all of us to know that they are all in the same wonderful spot in Heaven and that the beautiful mother has her shining baby boy and her most dear, loving and beautiful daughters all close together for all eternity.

Stacy's father preceded her in death. She is survived by her loving husband, H. Kerry Good, and sons Henry Kayl Good, Kerry Bo Good, Davy Sean Good and Hugh Gabriel Good, all of the family home; her mother and stepfather, Dorothy and Jay Rydell, brothers Craig R. and Douglas Barber, and sister Shelley Rae Johns, all of Great Falls.

Kilty, Arundel and Tully are survived by their loving father and beloved brothers.

A Memorial service was held on Monday, Jan. 1, at 2 p.m. at Holland Lake Lodge in Condon, where all four had worked.

A second service will be held Sunday, Jan. 7, at 2 p.m. at Camp Big Horn, the family's church home, located on Highway 135, 22 miles above St. Regis. A reception will follow both services.

 

The family suggests memorials be made to the Good Family Benefit Fund, c/o any US Bank or the First Valley Bank in Seeley Lake.

Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory in Missoula.

 

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