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Friends, family remember Glenna Goodacre

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Glenna Goodacre, an internationally-acclaimed sculptor known for her larger-than-life work was once discouraged from the very art that made her famous.

"In college her art teacher told her she might as well not do 3-dimensional because she just didn't have that gift," friend and fellow artist Toni Arnett said.

"She just wanted to prove it to herself that that was a medium that she could work in," Jeannie Patterson, another good friend of Goodacre's, said.

Goodacre poses with her piece


On Monday, Goodacre died from natural causes at 80 years old.

Her son-in-law, Harry Connick Jr., married to her daughter former super model Jill Goodacre, shared the heartbreaking message online.

"She was just quick witted... not only was she talented, but a very bright person," her husband of almost 25 years Mike Schmidt said. "I just found her so interesting to talk to."

Schmidt, began dating her the same week the Women's Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C. was dedicated.

It is one of her most well-known pieces. He calls it, a good way to begin a romance.

"It was absolutely phenomenal. I had my kids, and everybody there. It was a magical time," he said.

Patterson remembers Goodacre as outgoing and funny.

Several "Goodacres" including one of her first statues sits on display in Patterson's home.

It is modeled after her son, Eddie.

"Her faces were inviting and warm and real that you could imagine them being alive rather than them being in bronze," Patterson described.

Despite having traveled the world, Goodacre was still a West Texas girl at heart.

Even Congressman Jodey Arrington's family was a friend of hers.

She sketched a photo of his father, a small momento from a great artist.

A framed Goodacre sketch of Rep. Arrington's father.

 "She is certainly one of the greats to come out of west Texas and made her mark in the world," Arrington said.

"She got me started. And, I was always an artist, as a kid. But I don't know if I ever would have done it, if she didn't get me started," Arnett said.

In 2006, 8th street was renamed in her honor, forever cementing her status, as a true West Texas leader.

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