Zoe Ann (Godby) Lightfoot   Zoe Ann Lightfoot (née Godby) died peacefully in Carbondale, on February 16, 2015, at the age of 78.  She was born in 1936, in Pekin, to Thyrza and Clarence Godby. She was the elder of two siblings. While an undergraduate at SIU-C, Zoe began work in 1956 under Dr. Young at the SIU Cosmic Ray Laboratory. Her primary duty was research. Zoe graduated from SIU Carbondale, in June 1958 with high honors, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology and a minor in Chemistry.  In 1965, she received her Master’s Degree in Science Education.  She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Scholastic Honor Society. Zoe was an accomplished educator.  She began her career at Hurst-Bush High School in 1958 where she taught all the science courses and served as head of the science department there until 1963. While at Hurst- Bush High School she determined that she would write a grant through the state of Illinois for improvement of high school science programs.  The Principal thought it highly unlikely that a small, rural community could win the grant.  Not only did she win the first year, she continued to apply for and receive grant money for several years thereafter. During her tenure, she had more students invited to state science fairs than did the larger local high schools of Carbondale, Herrin or Carterville. I n 1965, she began teaching at Carbondale Community High School, later she became science department head and retired in 1992 after 34 years of teaching. She was very passionate about teaching her kids.  The students all knew that Mrs. Lightfoot was tough.  They also knew she was considerate and fair.  “Dead bug” is one effort she used to keep the students interested.  Dead Bug is a secret that can only be understood by those who actually experienced it. Zoe received Teacher of the Year recognition from both Hurst-Bush and Carbondale High Schools. She was known for her efforts to make female scientists more recognized in the classroom. She authored an extensive annotated bibliography of Outstanding Women in Science and served on the NSTA Committee for the Promotion of Women in Science. Zoe’s educational accomplishments and recognition in the sciences led to many opportunities including assisting revisions to the 1986 MODERN CHEMISTRY, TEACHER’S EDITION, authored by Metcalfe, Williams, and Catska, for the Holt, Rhinehart, & Winston textbook publishing company. In 1985, she was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching.  Only one science and one math teacher were chosen from each state.  She received the award at The White House in Washington, D.C. followed by a reception to honor the recipients. In addition, a $5,000 grant from the National Science Foundation was issued to Carbondale High School to be used under her direction. Recipients of the award were encouraged to bring a guest.  She chose her beloved sister to share the honor with her. When presented the opportunity to begin studies in the field of medicine, she chose her desire to start a family as her top priority. Later, in spite of the hardships faced as a single parent raising two children, she always placed her children, family, friends and students as her main focus in life. This choice was never regretted and her summers off as an educator were devoted to building many memories cherished by her children.  Zoe loved to laugh and always demonstrated a positive attitude, even in the most difficult of times. Her amazing ability to draw the best from any situation and her infectious personality will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She had a love for animals, especially cats. She greatly enjoyed the companionship of and caring for the special furry “friends” that adopted her. In 1987, she married Harland Lee Taylor, a teacher himself. For many years, Zoe demonstrated her passion for designing and making jewelry. After retirement, she and her husband Lee started Designs By ZAHL and together enjoyed many years as accomplished jewelers. Zoe later became an instructor at the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts in Young Harris, Georgia. Pieces of her jewelry have been featured in jewelry publications as well as displayed and sold in many galleries. One of her pieces was included in the Made In Illinois An Artisan Gallery book (http://www.gogaclan.com/design/enjoyillinois/madeinillinois/artisans_l_n.html).  Lee and Zoe can be seen on the local PBS show, Expressions at http://video.pbs.org/video/2365184780/ discussing their art. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 28, 2015, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville, with Pastor Michael Williams officiating. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m., Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Willowrest Cemetery in Carterville. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Zoe’s life. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Good Samaritan Ministries, 701 South Marion Street, Carbondale, IL 62901 or via www.goodsamcarbondale.org.  Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.  Zoe is survived by her husband, Harland Lee Taylor of Carbondale; son, Kevin Lightfoot of Greenview, IL; daughter and the best son-in-law she could ever have asked for, Beth and Darryl Kern of Carterville; grandchildren, Brandon, Evan, and Ian Kern, all of Carterville; sister and brother- in-law, Linda Lou and Sam Melvin of Solana Beach, Calif.; niece, Salsha Sidell of Burbank, Calif.; and nephew, Jacob and Jessica Sidell of Calif. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Thyrza Godby; and niece, Tonya Melvin.        

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