"I'm going to keep my key so I can get to my records room," said Goudy, after being honored for her years of service, "But it's time to put the museum into younger hands."
The museum's records room, which contains 7 thousand different books, biographies, photos, and a duplicate death certificate of everyone buried in Centerville, was moved from Goudy's home a few months ago. It is only on of Goudy's contributions.
"She and Vern (Goudy's husband who passed away 3 years ago) went above and beyond the call of duty to bring some really wonderful artifacts to the museum," said Hogan, "They purchased items the museum needed, with their own money, and restored items no one wanted, such as an old rod-iron bed they found in the garbage bin at the Layton museum."
Goudy, who received a plaque from the Mayor and a patchwork sampler from Hogan, said they were glad to do it.
"We had a delightful time," said Goudy, who said the evening also marked her marriage to Vern, Feb. 1, 1946, "We took over the museum as a retirement hobby and really enjoyed ourselves. He would be very proud tonight."
Hogan said her presentation to the city Tuesday was to honor the volunteers working under Goudy, as well.
"I hope they were adequately represented because they spend so many hours at the museum with no compensation," said Hogan, "They work hard doing mundane things, such as cleaning artifacts, and managing tours to appeal to every age group."
One change new to Hogan's post is the stipend she'll receive for expenses to run the museum, something Goudy campaigned for to encourage implementation of new educational projects and workshops at the museum.
Goudy will remain a volunteer at the museum, working in the records room, and acquainting Hogan with the museum's collections and functions.
"I absolutely love her and adore her," said Hogan of Goudy, "She's my mentor."
Hogan returned the sentiments. "I'm very delighted they have Melissa," said Hogan, "And relieved they have such a qualified person taking over.