ARLINGTON, Va. — Ellen Estella Goss, 77, of Arlington, Va., went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, June 15, at her home in Arlington, Va.

Miss Goss was born in Poland on Sept. 28,1934, the daughter of Harold and Dorothy Goss Sr. of Poland. Miss Goss attended Harris Hill School in Poland and graduated from Mechanic Falls High School in 1952.

She graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois in 1956 with a BA in history. She received her MA in political science at American University, Washington, D.C., in 1968.

Miss Goss taught school at Cape Elizabeth, Stowe, Mass., and Utica, N.Y. In Washington, D.C., she was an aide to Sen. Strom Thurmond, S.C., and Sen. Jack Miller, Iowa. She was employed as a system analyst at General Service Administration for 29 years.

Miss Goss was a woman of strong faith in God, active in ministries at Fourth Presbyterian Church, Bethesda, Md., sang in the choir and was a deacon and an active member at National Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C. She had an avid interest in Christian missions. She loved genealogy and history. Miss Goss did extensive research and study on Civil War history, focusing on her ancestors’ family letters.

She is survived by her four sisters, Evangelyn and her husband, William Jackson, of Dallas, Texas, Jane and her husband, James Whitesell, of Palm Coast, Fla., Faith and her husband, Michael Pock, of South Portland, and Grace and her husband, John Cartwright, of Ashburn, Va.; one brother, Harold Goss Jr. and his wife, Mary Ellen, of Poland; and 11 nieces and 10 nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; and two sisters, Ruth Averill and Winona Haslett. Online condolences may be shared with her family at

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