KINGMAN - Doris Goodale sat in her wheelchair and cried. Her teardrops fell out of appreciation for the dozens of people who attended a reception in her honor prior to Tuesday's City Council meeting.
"I love Kingman so much," said Goodale when Mayor Janet Watson presented her with a plaque recognizing Goodale's years of service.
Goodale said her family moved to Kingman in 1936.
The effects of a stroke caused by a blood clot 14 months ago and other health issues prompted Goodale to step away from public life.
Watson noted that she and Goodale served on the school board for years before Watson moved on to the Council and Goodale won election to the statehouse. Goodale was elected to the Arizona House in 2008 and won re-election in 2010 and 2012. The woman who replaced her, Dr. Gina Cobb of Kingman, spent several moments with Goodale Tuesday.
Her nearly two decades on the Kingman Unified School District Board prompted her to shake things up in Phoenix when she called for education reform in 2013. She also showed she could go against the grain when she voted that same year to expand the state's version of Medicaid - The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System.
She wasn't being obstinate. Failure to expand Medicaid would have had a disastrous impact on Kingman Regional Medical Center and the people the hospital serves.
She worked for the Mohave County Probation Office for 34 years, retiring as the department's chief probation officer in 2006.
Less than a year before her stroke, Goodale's husband Bill died. Her son and daughter were with her Tuesday.