Mary (Manyx) Goodson

Born: Wed., Dec. 13, 1933
Died: Tue., Jun. 26, 2012


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Jun. 29, 2012
Location: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Sat., Jun. 30, 2012
Location: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home

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   Mary (Manyx) Goodson, 78, of Pine Tree Road in Quincy, Il,  died  suddenly at Blessing Hospital on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, following a brief illness. A graduate of Quincy University and a retiree from Two Rivers Regional Council, Mary was a bookkeeper for Mike Goodson Motors in Quincy, from the company's founding in 1995. Mary had also worked in the office of Dean of Students at Quincy High School in the 1960's and 1970's. Through her various careers, Mary said, she had the pleasure of knowing and working with several generaations of Quincyans.

   Besides being a voracious reader and an avid fan of the Quincy Community Little Theater, Mary was a serious student of genealogy and worked to trace her roots to her ancestral home in County Clare, Ireland, decades before the internet was available to assist such search endeavors. Through her research, Mary learned that one of her forebears was a Patriot who fought for American independence. As a result, Mary was proud to become a Daughter of the American Revolution, affiliated with the Dorothy Quincy Chapter of the DAR, and was recently appointed the chapter's Historian. Mary continued her genealogical pursuits throughout her life, helping her own family and many friends in this important work. Mary was well-traveled, having visited most of the United States, Canada and her beloved Ireland. For the past several years, Mary had been planning travels to Peru where she hoped to "walk in the clouds" on Machu Picchu, but she did not live to realize her dream.

   Born December 13, 1933, in LaBelle, MO, she married Vernon Goodson in 1951, the friend of her youth from the neighboring community of Knox City, MO. Vernon passed away in 1965. The couple had five children together. In addition to her husband, Mary was preceded in death by two of her children; daughter, Kathy, who died in infancy, and son, Mark, who died in 1973; her parents, Henry and Mabel Kelley Manyx; and son-in -law, Kim Wilson.

   Surviving are brothers Pat Manyx of Labelle, MO and Robert Manyx (Jacke Brown) of Quincy; a son, Mike Goodson (Maggie) of Quincy; daughters Patrice Wilson of Collinsville, IL, and  Luanne Goodson of Columbus, OH; grandchildren, Justin Wilson (Amanda) of Maryville, IL, Megan Goodson of Stafford, VA, Ian Wilson of Collinsville, IL, Kellen Goodson of Quincy, Daniel Taylor (Tamara) of Stafford, VA and Jerry Taylor of Palmyra, MO; great grandchildren, DJ, Jake, Gwen and Penny Taylor all of Stafford, VA and Teagan Wilson of Maryville, IL; and the very special friends of Mary and her family: Mary Esther Florea of LaBelle, MO, LilliAnn Dittmer of Quincy and Nancy Winters of Quincy.

   Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10:00 am in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Disseler officating.  Burial will be in LaBelle Cemetery, LaBelle, MO.

   Visitation will be held Friday evening from 5:00 until 7:00 pm and Saturday morning until the time of services at the funeral home.

   In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Daughters of the American Revolution, Dorothy Quincy Chapter, or the charity of your choice. If Mary could tell you her wish for a fitting memorial, it would be this: To ensure that all children are--and know that they are-- loved, cherished, respected, fed, educated, valued, and encouraged to reach for the stars!

   "You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy, when skies are gray. You'll never know, dear, how much I love you. Please don't take my sunshine away."

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Susan Westberg
   Posted Thu June 28, 2012
My deepest condolences to the Goodson family. I visited with Mary in April. As this was my first visit to Quincy, Luanne, Mary and I drove around, seeing the many sights, stopping hither and yon. She was a gracious hostess and the mother of my dear friend, Luanne. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Susan Westberg
Columbus, OH

Brenda Block
   Posted Thu June 28, 2012
My deepest sympathy to Luanne and her family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


Carol Goodson
   Posted Thu June 28, 2012
I only had the pleasure of meeting Mary once, when she and her daughter Luanne came to visit us in Georgia a few years ago... but I fell in love with her immediately, and regretted very much that the distance between Georgia and Illinois kept us from becoming good friends, because I know we would have. To all her family, please know that we (including my Dad, Norman Elwood Goodson, her late husband''''s uncle, formerly of Knox City MO), send our thoughts and prayers to all of you.

Becky Pruden
   Posted Fri June 29, 2012
I am very saddened to hear of Mary's passing. I worked with her at Two Rivers for many years; she had a heart of gold. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. She will be missed by all that knew her.

   Posted Fri June 29, 2012
I am sorry to read of your loss. Many have lost loved ones and want to see them again. The Bible actually says what will be death's unavoidable eventuality at Revelation 21:4, which says, "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” Death will be gone forever. May this be of encouragement to the family of Mary Goodson.

Connie Langan
   Posted Sun July 01, 2012
My deepest sympathy goes out to Mary's family. I was saddened to hear of her death. I worked with Mary at Two Rivers and regret that I have not seen her in several years. She was a very special lady.

Larry & Janet Kulla
   Posted Mon July 02, 2012
Please know how very sorry we are for the loss of you mother. She was a most interesting lady. I so enjoyed talking with her the few time I saw her. You and your family have our deepest sympathy.

Chris & Debbie Bennett, Marion IL
   Posted Mon July 02, 2012
Luanne, Mike & Patrice -

Debbie and I are so sorry to hear of Mary's passing. We have so many fond memories or being with Mary from time to time, Though we couldn't get to Quincy as much as we would have liked, we always stopped in to see Mary & she always seemed so happy to see us - she always made us felt welcome. We will truly miss her & just knowing she's there. She was a very special lady!

Chris & Debbie Bennett

Cheri Davis Hunter
   Posted Wed July 04, 2012
The Illinois State Organization NSDAR extend our deepest sympathy upon the death of Mary Manyx Goodson.
May God bless you with His love and strength and may you find comfort in knowing that others care.
Cheri Davis Hunter, Illinois State Chaplain

Blaine Hillebrenner
   Posted Thu July 05, 2012
I''ve had the pleasure of knowing and working with Mary many years. I cannot begin to express the loss that I felt when I found out the news of her passing. She was a great friend. I will miss her and convey my deepest condolences to the family.

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