Mary Elizabeth “Liz” (Leader) Goulding


June 9, 1921–Oct. 19, 2017 (96.333333 years lived). Beloved spouse of deceased Ray Goulding of the famed comedy duo Bob and Ray.
Her life was a rich expression of her love for family and friends. Liz exuded kindness, wisdom, grace, compassion, warmth, wit and joy. She was a patriot joining the army as a lieutenant dietician where she met and married Ray, an army captain at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Her masters in chemistry from Ohio State University was a key step in her quest to become a medical doctor. That plan was derailed when Ray Jr. was born. Five more children made sure she’d be visiting doctors rather than becoming one.
She had a wonderful sense of humor—a vital trait for raising a rambunctious family. Her life was fun-filled with occasional flashes into the celebrity universe. Attending a party for Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner was an event she got a kick out of.
Her true loves were her husband, Ray, and her family.
Liz was predeceased by her husband Ray, daughter Barbara and son Ray, Jr.
She will be remembered gloriously by her nephew Reverend Bill Miles and his wife Cathy; her children: Tom and wife Beth, Bryant and wife Regina, Mark and wife Georgiana and Melissa, along with her grandchildren Kelly and husband Brian, Erin and husband Kevin, Bryant and wife Ann, Kevin, Rebecca and husband Seth, Rory and fiancée Larissa, and Ryan, as well as her beloved great-grandchildren: Justin, Abbie, AJ, Braeden, Keegan and Ruby, and her loyal four-footed friend, Riley.



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Elizabeth Johnson is editor of Manhasset Press and Manhasset Press Magazine. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community Newspaper" several years in a row.


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