Somer Lee Goodrich

December 22, 1977 ‒ January 03, 2020

Marion, Ohio

Somer Lee Goodrich, age 42, of German Village and formerly of Marion, passed away Friday, January 3, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Somer was born on December 22, 1977 in Pittsburgh, the daughter of William F. and Valerie L. (Wright) Goodrich. Somer graduated from Harding High School in the class of 1995 and then went on to attend the Ohio State University.

Somer lived her life to the fullest, and even though she battled cancer she never let it define who she was. She faced life’s obstacles with a positive attitude and always SomerStrong. She had a smile that would light up any room and a fun-loving personality that attracted others to her. She loved to be at the center of the action and quietly enjoyed getting in on a little gossip. She loved to listen to music and watch her favorite TV shows, like Live PD. She played poker regularly with the same group of friends for years. She was quite the fashionista and liked to get dressed up to go out with her friends and family. Having attended Ohio State, she was a huge fan of the Buckeyes and never missed a game with her Scarlet and Gray. Above all, she loved her family, and she especially loved her beloved dog, Bentley. Because she lived life with such exuberance, “SomerStrong” became an often-used moniker for her.

She will be missed by her devoted mother, Valerie L. Goodrich; brother, William Cabe (Annette) Goodrich, and their children: Carter and Hudsen; grandfather Charles “Charlie” Wright; niece, Brady Blue Coakley; her aunts and uncles: Phil (Jill) Wright, Carrie (Jeff) Guyton, Heather (Randy Holt) Wright, Sherri (Bill) Jenkins, Linda Kavka, Barbara Relja, and Joan (Bruce) Jordan; cousins: Kelsey, Nick, Karah, Cole, Luke, Courtney, Max, Sam and numerous other cousins; companion Derek Coakley; lifelong friend Kristy Beringer; her beloved dog, Bentley, and a host of loving and caring friends.

Somer is preceded in death by her father, William F. Goodrich, and her grandmother, Nancy Lee Wright.

Visitation will be Saturday, January 11, 2020, at First Presbyterian Church, 143 South Prospect St., Marion, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Funeral service will follow at 12:30 p.m., with Rev. Rob Howard officiating.

If so desired, donations may be made to the family.

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the Goodrich family. Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

  • Dear Valerie and family. Our Hearts truly ache for you. There are no words to ease the pain of the loss of a child. We never met your daughter but can only imagine that she was as kind and sweet as you. We know this to be true because of the love and sweet words you expressed about our brother Jay Owens. You were a true friend to Jay and he felt the same about you and we are very grateful for that. Take comfort in the wonderful memories and special bond you had. We will keep you and your family close in our Hearts.
    Denise Owens Phipps and Lynn Owens.

  • Our hearts break for you all!!
    Praying for peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds.

  • Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought we’d be joined in our love for our two loves sharing the same day of their homegoing. I still see Somer as an elementary student just cuter than cute ❤️ I’m praying for our Heavenly Father to sustain you through the immediate days and beyond
    God Bless all of you who loved this amazing young woman.

  • Valerie, Cabe, and Charlie

    I am so sorry about Somer. She was a sweetheart.
    She kept us laughing at the school. Our prayer list at our Church here in Sarasota will have all of your names. God Bless

    Vaughn Williams

  • Valerie and family,
    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your daughter, Somer. We pray for God’s guidance thru this most difficult time. May God’s peace be with you all!

    In prayer,
    Brenda and Rick Howell
    Tina and Dylan Clark
    Melanie and Jody Rogers and Allie Green

  • Valerie, Beyond sorry for your loss of your beautiful daughter Somer. Both of you put forth such strength and positivity throughout her journey, as unexpected and unwelcome as it was. May you find strength for the coming days and weeks and comfort knowing you were one heck of a mom to Somer. Your love for each other shined through it all! Love ya, Judy

  • Dear Valerie and Family- words can’t express how deeply sorry I am for your huge loss. My twin Krista and I have many wonderful memories of hanging out with Somer and Kristy and I will hold onto those memories forever. I will always remember that smile Somer had, that could light up a room amongst the darkness!! and how silly and fun she was to be around!!! She will be forever loved and missed. My deepest condolences.