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Helen Williams Gooden

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Helen Williams Gooden, 88, of Marshall, formerly of Malta Bend, died Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Marshall. Visitation will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Malta Bend Cemetery. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.

Born Aug. 21, 1923, in Grand Pass, she was the daughter of the late Vernie McKee and Merville Salyer McKee. In June of 1945, she married Howard Williams who preceded her in death on Sept. 3, 1982. On Dec. 10, 1987, she married Charles W. (Chuck) Gooden who survives of the home. She had lived in Marshall since 1987, moving from Malta Bend, and was a member of Malta Bend United Methodist Church. She retired as city clerk in Malta Bend after 28 years of service and also served as bookkeeper for several levy districts for 20 years. She was one of the founding board members of the Saline County Ambulance District No. 3. She was very instrumental in bringing a public water and sewer system to the town of Malta Bend. She had been politically active in the Democratic Party. She also helped out volunteering her time to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, United Way and MS Society. As city clerk in Malta Bend she helped organize and bring to reality its Centennial and many fundraisers for various projects. In her later years she made quilts for her family and publicly wished her friends "Happy Birthday".

In addition to her husband, she is survived by twin daughters, Patricia Bosch of Marshall, formerly of Blue Springs, and Pam Drake of Marshall; two stepsons, Randall Gooden and his wife, Sherry, of Chillicothe and Terry Gooden and his wife, Kathy, of Sweet Springs; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and first husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Margie Moore of Malta Bend and Dorothy Clemons of Sedalia; and a sister-in-law, Martha (Williams) Jackson of Independence.

Additional information provided per family recompense.