In loving memory of Sarah Goss: 1959-2022 


Our beloved Sarah Frances Goss born in Owensboro, Kentucky on May 5, 1959, passed away peacefully on April 15, 2022. She fought a long two-year battle with an aggressive brain tumor. She was surrounded by friends and family. Her husband, Richard Goss, was her primary caregiver for the entire time, lovingly helping her as her symptoms became more and more debilitating. 

Sarah enjoyed playing oboe, whistle, and bass, and was a fixture at numerous contra and English dances from Austin, Texas to the West Coast. She was a member of the bands Cascade Crossing in Portland and Mockingbird in Austin. She played all over Texas, Oregon, and Washington, with trips to British Columbia, Alaska, and southern California. She frequently played for the Portland English Country Dance and was a longtime member of the Portland Megaband where she was a frequent soloist. 

Sarah loved her dogs and cats, but had a special place in her heart for horses. She organized numerous day and weekend horse-riding adventures with her friends. 

Sarah’s other passion was accounting as she worked in various roles at her company, Great Western Malting for 10- plus years. She also had a keen interest in nonprofit volunteer accounting and served as treasurer on the Portland Country Dance Community (PCDC) board, the Austin Third Saturday Dance board, the Clark County Executive Horse Council, and served in financial roles for the churches she attended. 

Sarah is survived by her loving husband Richard Goss, her father William Towery, her sister Nancy and husband Kerwin Swenson, her brother Daniel and wife Connie Towery, her step-daughters Jennifer and Melanie, her sons Christopher and his wife Marisa and Steven and his wife Melissa. Sarah also leaves behind two grandchildren Francis and Richard. And we must not forget to mention the multitude of deep and meaningful friendships. 

We will all miss her spirit, enthusiasm, and sense of humor. Her laughter and kindness were infectious. 

There will be a memorial ceremony for Sarah on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 1 p.m. at the Battle Ground Community United Methodist Church, 10300 NE 199th St., Battle Ground, Washington, 98604. 

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family asks that you consider a donation to either: PCDC (Portland Country Dance Community), P.O. Box 2189, Portland, Oregon, 97208 or to the Clark County Executive Horse Council, 7720 NE Hwy. 99, Suite D #325, Vancouver, Washington, 98665.

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