Juanita Gooden

Juanita Faye (Belcher) Gooden, 81 of rural Lancaster, Missouri passed away on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at the Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Missouri.

The daughter of Harrison Arthur and Estaline June (Darnell) Belcher, she was born on December 24, 1939 in El Dorado Springs, Missouri. On June 10, 1956 in El Dorado Springs, Missouri, she was united in marriage to Donald Gene Gooden and to this union three children were born, Donna, Darrell and Lisa.

Survivors include her children, Donna Gooden of Lancaster, Missouri, Darrell Gooden and wife, Debbie of Lancaster, Missouri and Lisa Gooden of Lancaster, Missouri; four grandchildren, Derek Gooden and girlfriend, Julie Behr of Lancaster, Missouri, Colton Gooden of Lancaster, Missouri, Mindy Roberts of Lancaster, Missouri and Melissa Huggins and husband, Warren of Bondurant, Iowa; six great grandchildren, Cason Barker of Lancaster, Missouri, Hailey Roberts of Lancaster, Missouri, Jessilene Barker of Ft. Madison, Iowa, Ethan and Evan Huggins of Bondurant, Iowa and Summer Robinson of Lancaster, Missouri; three sisters, Shirley Dean and husband, Robert of Garden City, Missouri, Roberta Hamel and husband, Warren of Bolivar, Missouri and Junie Armstrong of El Dorado Springs, Missouri; other family members and good friends and neighbors.

Juanita is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald Gene Gooden on October 7, 2008; one granddaughter, Stacey Gooden on March 16, 2012; three sisters, Ruby Benner, Melba Whitmer and Carolyn Purish and two brothers, Charles Belcher and Robert Belcher and one brother in infancy.

Juanita and Donald were beef and dairy farmers for many years east of Lancaster, Missouri. She loved her farm animals and especially her goats! Juanita was also a cook at the Schuyler R-I School system for a number of years.

A visitation service will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2021 between the hours of 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. at the Norman Funeral Home in Lancaster, Missouri. Memorials have been established for the Schuyler County Cancer Relief Fund. Burial will be at a later date as the body will be cremated and will be interred at the Hazel Dale Cemetery in El Dorado Springs, Missouri. Online condolences may be expressed to the family by logging on to normanfh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Norman Funeral Home of Lancaster, Missouri.