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Dorothy Lee Wright Goodwin

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Published: February 28, 2013

Dorothy Lee Wright Goodwin, 76, of Little Rock, beloved mother and grandmother, died suddenly on February 23, 2013.

Big Dot, as she was affectionately known by those who loved her, was born on August 16, 1936, at Hurricane Mills, Tenn. the daughter of Peter Paul Wright and Augusta Maybelle Pirtle Wright. She spent much of her youth in Hanford, Washington, where her father worked at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, and later moved to Bay Village, Ark., on Crowley's Ridge.

She was the first person in her family to graduate from college, earning a bachelor's degree at Arkansas State University, and fought for the rights of her clients around the state during a 32 year career with the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

Dot always enjoyed people and traveling, and she combined those two pleasures in the 1990s when she operated Dr. Witt's Quapaw Inn in Little Rock – the city's first bed and breakfast – earning her a special place in the city's commercial history. She also believed strongly in the separation of church and state, and the 1973 Goodwin vs. Cross County School District No. 7 decision stands as a testament to her determination.

Big Dot loved to travel, and any given day could find her jumping into her car for a run to the beauties of New Mexico, her childhood home in Tennessee, or just across the Mississippi River for a weekend at the casinos. Her wanderlust was reflected in the last name she used for much of her adult life, Woodwind.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter Paul Wright and Augusta Maybelle Pirtle Wright; her son, Bryan Carl Goodwin; her sisters Nancy Wright Callaghan and Catherine Marie Wright Hammett; and her brother Bobby Wright. Left to cherish a lifetime of memories and tall tales are her daughters Kimberly Goodwin Christ (Mark) of Little Rock and Rena Goodwin of Fayetteville, grandchildren Abigail and Ian Lee and Emily and Cassandra Christ, and brothers Paul Wright, Jr., and Gary Wayne Wright.

A celebration of Big Dot's life will be held 6 p.m. Friday, March 1, at The Empress of Little Rock, 2120 Louisiana Street. Memorials can be made to the Pulaski County Humane Society or the American Civil Liberties Union. Burial will be at Bay Village Cemetery, where she will rest beside her son.

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