Nelda Maxine (Gooden) Kinney, 93 of Downing, Missouri passed away at the Schuyler County Nursing Home in Queen City, Missouri where she had been a resident for a short time.

The daughter of Jessie Cecil and Mamie Elizabeth (Lasley) Gooden, she was born in Schuyler County, Missouri on August 17, 1920.

On October 23, 1937, she was united in marriage to Alfred Ray Kinney at the home of his parents in Scotland County, Missouri and to this union two children were born, Carol Maxine and Clarence Ray.

Surviving are her son, Clarence Ray Kinney and wife, Rosalie of Bloomfield, Iowa; a son-in-law, Joe Sayre of Bloomfield, Iowa; seven grandchildren, Randy Joe Sayre and wife, Dolores of Downing, Missouri, Sandra Kay Gaffney and husband, Phil of Milton, Iowa, Danny Ray Sayre and wife, Connie of Elkland, Missouri, Ricky Lynn Sayre and wife, Teresa of Unionville, Iowa, Gerald Ray Kinney and wife, Keri of Reinbeck, Iowa, Catherine Marie Bernand of Austin, Minnesota and Phillip Allen Kinney and wife, Rebekah of Winterset, Iowa; 12 great-grandchildren, Jennifer Lynn Laws of Glenwood, Missouri, Carla Jo Sayre of Glenwood, Missouri, Holly Ann Gregory of Downing, Missouri, Austin Ray Sayre and Caleb Jordan Sayre of Elkland, Missouri, Kristen Ann Gaffney of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Ryan Dean Gaffney of Milton, Iowa, Derek Ray Kinney of Reinbeck, Iowa,  Rachael Kali Bernand and Olivia Reann Bernand of Austin, Minnesota, Ashley Ann Kinney and Erin Marie Kinney of Winterset, Iowa. three great-great- granddaughters; Ashlyn Nicole Laws of Glenwood, Missouri, Kennedy Elexis Gregory of Downing, Missouri and Bricklyn Jo Reinbach of Glenwood, Missouri; two sisters, Emma Ruth Latta of El Dorado Springs, Missouri and Violet Rose and husband, Mike Fulbright of Willard, Missouri; two brothers, Wesley Clair and wife, Pam Emons of Nebraska City, Nebraska and Ronald Lee and wife, Mae of El Dorado Springs, Missouri; a sister-in-law, Juanita Gooden of Lancaster, Missouri; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.

Nelda is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alfred Ray Kinney on June 11, 2000; a daughter, Carol Maxine Sayre in January 9, 2003; four brothers, Hubert Edward Gooden, Hobert Gearold Gooden, James Austin Gooden and Donald Gene Gooden; two sisters, Elma Mae Rippy and an infant sister; two brothers-in-law, Ralph Latta and Jess Rippy; three sisters-in-law, Mary Gooden, Rosalie Gooden Spees and Susan Gooden; three nephews, Gerald Lynn Gooden, Larry Wayne Gooden and Michael Jesse Rippy and a great- grandson-in-law, John Laws.

Nelda attended the Jay Bird Darby and Swanson School through the seventh grade and was also a member of the Barker United Methodist Church, UM Women, Chit Chat Club, Opportunity Club and the Happy Red Hatters of Downing, Missouri.

Nelda has made quilts and double knit comforts to give all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Nelda has also made quilts and comforts donated to Barker United Methodist Church Talent Auction and other charity auctions.  Ray and Nelda farmed west of the Barker United Methodist Church.  After moving to Downing in 1982, Nelda and Ray began making woven rugs on a loom they had inherited from Aunt Annie (Tabitha) Elston.  Again, children and grandchildren received many as gifts and many were donated to Barker UM Church and other charity auctions.  Nelda was well known for her noodles.  Every family dinner had her homemade noodles!  She also liked to make Divinity candy for Christmas and to give as gifts and donations at the Barker UM Auction.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at the Barker United Methodist Church with Dee Wiley assisted by Carolyn Leaver, lay ministers of the Barker United Methodist Church officiating.  Congregational music selections of “In The Garden”, and “The Old Rugged Cross” were performed with Barbara Creath as pianist and LaVern Weilbrenner as song leader with soloist Rachael Kali Bernand singing “Amazing Grace”.

Pallbearers were grandsons, which include Randy Joe Sayre, Danny Ray Sayre, Phil Gaffney, Ricky Lynn Sayre, Gerald Ray Kinney and Phillip Allen Kinney.  Honorary pallbearers were great- grandsons, which include Austin Ray Sayre, Caleb Jordan Sayre, Ryan Dean Gaffney and Derek Ray Kinney. Burial was in the Barker Cemetery.

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Arrangements were under the direction of the Norman Funeral Home of Lancaster and Downing, Missouri.