January 6, 2011

(7/29/1920 - 12/30/2010)

Marie Gooden, 90, of Memphis, Missouri, died Thursday night, December 30, 2010, at the Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.
Alice Marie Hissem was born July 29, 1920, in Van Buren County, Iowa, to William Horace and Ethel May Brewer Hissem.

She attended several country schools in Van Buren County and attended high school in Douds, Iowa.

Marie was united in marriage to Kenneth Vernett Gooden, August 18, 1937, at Memphis, Missouri and to this union four children were born.

Marie was a homemaker and lived on a farm with her husband. She was a member of the First Christian Church, the Christian Women's Workers and the Young at Heart. Kenneth and Marie enjoyed traveling which included stopping at every antique store along the way to embellish their collection of dishes and much time was spent visiting family. She enjoyed playing cards and was a member of the Rural Rough Riders Club. She attended many car races with her husband and was an avid Iowa Hawkeye Fan! As her health declined, Marie entered the Scotland County Care Center in February of 2009, where she enjoyed playing cards and bingo as well as visiting.

She is survived by two daughters: Linda Briedwell and her husband, Larry, of Glenwood, Missouri; Glenda Creath and her husband, Larry, of Memphis, Missouri; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Gooden, of Ottumwa, Iowa; ten grandchildren and step-grandchildren: Lisa Davis and her husband, Ian, of Blue Springs, Missouri; Alan Bunch of Macon, Georgia; Johnny Creath of Pulaski, Iowa; Kim Speer and friend, Tony Snakenberg, of Sigourney, Iowa; Nikki Swaim of Bloomfield, Iowa; Melissa Marshall and her husband, Warren, of Bloomfield, Iowa; Angela Griffith and her husband, Jeff, of Ottumwa, Iowa; Paula Howard of Ottumwa, Iowa; Douglas Briedwell and his wife, Judy, of Vancouver, Washington and Lanita Moss and her husband, Colby, of Spring Hill, Kansas. Also surviving are twenty-two great-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren: Stephanie Bunch, Stephanie Davis, Christopher Bunch, Bobby Bunch, Alex Davis, Andre' Davis, Jaelynn Creath, Kinlee Creath, Jori Davidson, Madison Harris, Kylie Nebel and her husband, Stewart, Joey Speer, Brandon Bish and his wife, Lori, Amanda Swaim, Ashley Armstrong, Mercedes Marshall, Mariah Marshall, Dustin Griffith, Zach Howard, Lindsey Howard, Elliot Moss, Hunter Moss; six great great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sons: Gary Gooden and Roger Gooden; a son-in-law, John Bunch; a brother, Ned Hissem; three sisters: Louise Wells, Maxine Manske and Carol Jean Boyd; a sister-in-law, Grace Hissem and three brothers-in-law: Clarence Wells, Maynard Manske and Russell Boyd.

Visitation will open after 9 A.M., Monday, January 3, 2011 at the Memphis Funeral Home with the family present from 10 A.M. until noon to greet relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 P.M. Monday, at the funeral home with Brother Jack Sumption officiating. Music will be provided by vocalists, Joe and Lori Fulk, accompanied by Ann Luther. Burial will follow in Sunnyside Cemetery in Milton, Iowa. Casket bearers will be Alan Bunch, Johnny Creath, Ian Davis, Jeff Griffith, Warren Marshall and Tony Snakenberg. Honorary bearers will be Lloyd Erickson, David Gardine, Guy Gardine, Glen Lister and Tom Matlock.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church and may be left at or mailed to Memphis Funeral Home, 378 South Market Street, Memphis, Missouri 63555. Online condolences may be sent to the Gooden family by logging onto mmphisfh@nemr.net.

Arrangements are under the direction of Memphis Funeral Home.

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