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Leona (McGee) Goudeau
Apr 23, 1905 - Aug 14, 2005
Posted by Jo Aguirre

Muskogee Daily Phoenix and Times-Democrat (OK)- August 19, 2005  
       
Mother Leona Goudeau was the first born daughter of Jim McGee and Emily Stewart McGee on the 23rd of April, 1905, in Waxahachie, TX. She moved with her family to the Huttonville community in southern McIntosh County, then to the Warrior Richardsonville/Pierce area where she received her formal education and spent most of her life. She married Mr. Clifford community was of life. Mr. & Mrs. Goudeau's home was always open to anyone who wished to come for a short visit or stay for an extended period of time. Leona spent most of her active years cooking and a caring for others. She gladly extended a helping hand to all who needed her help. She accepted the Lord as her personal Savior and united with the Morning Star Baptist church where she remained a loyal and faithful ember until her death. She served in many capacities in the church, including recording secretary, finance secretary, and church mother. She loved working with the woman's mission, Sunday School and B.Y.P.U. and held offices in each department. She loved her church and always expressed a desire to support it with her presence, her finance and her talents. Mother Goudeau was also a devoted member and officer in the women's department of the Charitable M & D union for many years. As she neared the century mark Leona continued to enjoy life. She spent the last three years under the constant care of her sister, Henrietta Scroggins. She liked to travel, play board games, go to church visit with friends and family, share her sense of humor and spend time at the Senior Citizens Center.

She celebrated her one hundredth birthday on April 23, 2005, surrounded by family and friends. Leona departed this life on August 14th, 2005, in Checotah. Her parents, husband, son, six brothers and four sisters preceded her in death.

The survivors she leaves behind to cherish their memories of her include her daughter, Betty Jean Hampton, of Kansas City, MO. Three sisters, Henrietta Scroggins of Checotah, OK, Virginia Dixon (Napolean) of Enid, OK, and Annette Turrentine, of Kansas City, MO. One sister-in-law, Mary Louise McGee, and foster sisters, Willie Mae Etheridge and Leola Fulsom, all of Checotah, six grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren and ten great-great grandchildren and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Homegoing services for Mother Leona will be Saturday, August 20th, 2005 at 12:00 p.m. in First Freewill Baptist Church, with Rev. Eli J. Behn, pastor. Officiating the services will be bishop Tommy Riddle, of Hartshorne, OK.

Her final resting place will be in Warrior community Cemetery , under the direction of Ragsdale Funeral Center. Visitation will be today from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

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