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    Mary Lou Goodson, 98, of Knox City, Missouri, passed away Saturday, February 9, 2008, at the LaBelle Manor Care Center in LaBelle, Missouri.

   Mary Lou was born on February 20, 1909, in Blandsville, Illinois, the daughter of William Joseph and Mary Ellen Dukes Jordon.

    She was born and raised in McDonald County, Illinois and met her future husband in Quincy, Illinois and on May 5, 1927 Mary Lou married Lawrence E. Goodson, in Jacksonville, Illinois.

    After their marriage they moved to St. Louis, Missouri before returning to northeast Missouri, in 1932 to make their home northeast of Knox City, Missouri where they farmed and raised a family. Mom, Mother, Grandma Goody was the happiest when all of her family was around her.

    Mary Lou was a member of the Knox City Christian Church, the Sunnyside Circle Extension Club serving as president for 18 years and received recognition for 50 years of service to the club, and a member of the Knox City American Legion Auxiliary.

    Mary Lou is survived by a son, Larry and his wife Doris Goodson of Knox City, Missouri; a daughter, Hulda Mae Goodson of Oceanside, California; two daughters-in-law, Linda Goodson of Fort Smith, Arkansas and Mary Goodson of Quincy, Illinois; twelve grandchildren, Linda and John of LaBelle, Missouri, Brenda and her husband Pete Simmons of Novelty, Missouri, Wade and Beverly of LaBelle, Missouri, Rick and Joyce of Knox City, Missouri, Anita and her husband Butch Murphy of LaBelle, Missouri, Derek and his wife Jennifer Goodson of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, Doug and his wife Linda Huber of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mike Goodson of Quincy, Illinois, Patrice Wilson of Collinsville, Illinois,  Lou Ann Goodson of Columbus, Ohio, Paul Elliott Flores of Oceanside, California and Pamela Sue Flores of Arizona; nineteen great grandchildren; fifteen great great grandchildren; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

    Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Lawrence on November 3, 1965; two sons, Donald Everett Goodson in 2001 and Vernon Arnold Goodson in 1965; two brothers, William and Joseph Jordon; four sisters, Beula Hilton, Clara Coyle, Hulda Mason and Alice Grotts; three grandchildren, Sherry Goodson, Kathy Ann Goodson, and Jeffrey Mark Goodson; and a great grandson, Caleb Goodson.

    The family is honoring Mary Lou’s wishes with cremation and a private family service will be held at a later date.

    An expression of sympathy in memory of Mary Lou Goodson may be left to the Knox City Christian Church or the Knox City Fire Department. A memorial may be left at or mailed to the Doss Funeral Home 208 N. 4th Street, Edina, Missouri 63537.