Irita Ethel Goins Canady -Family and Friend

I just heard that you have begun your journey home. I am devastated, eyes watered, and unsure what to say. You are family and a special friend. You are loved and will be missed by your family and friends. I am remembering our discussions about the Goins, McCuen, Mayle, Stevens, Adams in Virginia and West Virginia. We set up the site and it went good for years, now it is on Spokt and doing well. You were working on getting me a new password to the site. You are an excellent researcher and the thought of you being gone is like the old African proverb ” a library burns to the ground.”


I enjoyed seeing you and your son in Ft. Wayne, during the first International Black Genealogy Summit back in 2009. We shared our notes, our walls, and our common ancestors. We had the best time when you and your parents visited my brother in Bear Lake, Michigan. It was like we all knew each other for years, it was sharing and building our family stories. We also shared our medical issues, our beloved hearts, and the things we have endured. It was amazing at Todd’s how much you and cousin Rita looked like twins. We all were amazed. With a heavy heart I let Todd and others know of your passing. Your contributions are stellar showing your life’s work of preserving the family histories.


There is nothing more I can say about you Irita. I hope others will view your work and what you have laid your hands on. You have contributed so much to others on their genealogy paths; it will be hard to let you go. But I have to say I feel I have another angel watching over me. Thank you! You are everything Goins! Love you!



About familytreegirl

Shelley Murphy, aka “familytreegirl”, a native of Michigan residing in Central Virginia, Shelley has been an avid genealogist for over 25+ years researching the Davis, Marsh, Goens/Goins/Goings, Roper, Boyer, Worden, Cureton, and Murphy family lines. She is a Coordinator and faculty for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI), presents Genealogy 101 workshops at the local community college, state and national genealogy conferences. She holds a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership and works as an adjunct professor for Averett University. Murphy is known for her inspiring and interactive “Getting Started” Methods and Strategies for genealogy research, “Time and File management” along with interesting problem-solving methodology lectures. Shelley currently has 20+ publications with Charlottesville Genealogy Examiner and the Central Virginia Heritage, a publication of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association. She is an instructor for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI). Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Adjunct Professor, Professional Genealogist. Volunteers for American Red Cross as a Disaster Services Instructor, facilitates financial education workshops for the last 8 years, and former licensed Real Estate Broker
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6 Responses to Irita Ethel Goins Canady -Family and Friend

  1. nada62 says:

    Beautiful post, Shelley. I’m sorry for your loss.


  2. Vicky Daviss Mitchell says:

    Whoa, I am speechless!

  3. deoliver47 says:

    Thank you for this wonderful tribute to Irita. I am shocked – and so sorry to hear of her passing. We shared many happy hours doing family researches and now she is among the ancestors.
    Rest in peace sweet sister.


  4. Robert Lett says:


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