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Gooding, Lena Cecil
Lena Cecil Gooding, 92, formerly of Maquon, died at 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 11, 2010 in Knox County Nursing Home.

She was born March 17, 1917 in Ward County, N.D., the daughter of Russell and Clara Smith Cecil (originally of Maquon Twp). Her family returned to Knox County in 1926 and she attended rural McGirr School before graduating from Maquon High School.

She married G.E. "Pete" Gooding on May 14, 1938 in Galesburg. He died July 17, 1997. The Goodings were proprietors of Gooding's Grocery in Maquon. They removed to Mt. Pleasant, IA from 1955 to 1982, where Lena worked as dental assistant for Dr. Robert Lofgren, DDS, and after retirement they returned to their family home in Maquon.

Surviving are two daughters, Sue Kamal, Greeley, CO; Gwen Glasbergen, Allison Park, PA; and son, John Gooding, Pasadena, CA, with four granddaughters, Shahira Kamal, Nicole Glasbergen (Jeff Bailey), Beth (Devon) Patillo, Claire (Karim) Baki, and one step-granddaughter, Lori Glasbergen (Jack Styne). She is also survived by two sisters, Lila and Beverly Cecil, two brothers, Jay (Joyce) Cecil and Robert Cecil, all of Knoxville; two sisters-in-law, Margaret (Ken) Cecil and Phyllis (Burton) Cecil of Maquon; one brother-in-law, Tom (Joyce) Gooding of Hillsboro, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers.

She was of Methodist faith and served a short time as organist for the Maquon Methodist Church. She was a long-time member of Maquon Good Cheer Club and also served on the Maquon District Public Library Board.

Her great-great-grandfather, James Smith, and great-grandparents, VanRansselaer and Angeline Catlin Smith were among the area's earliest settlers, traveling via covered wagon caravan from Pennsylvania in 1834/35 and settling in Maquon Township, with the Smith/Cecil farm in continuous ownership of Smith descendants to present day.

She was a descendant of Mayflower Pilgrims, (Elder) William and Mary Brewster, and belonged to PA Western Colony of The General Society of Mayflower Descendants. Several ancestors served in the Revolutionary War and she belonged to North Pittsburgh's Kushkushkee Trail Chapter of The Daughters of the American Revolution.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 2:00 P.M. at the Maquon United Methodist Church with Visitation beginning at 1:00 P.M. Rev. Dan Doty officiating. Burial will be in Maquon Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Maquon Public Library. Hurd Hendricks Funeral Home and Crematory in Knoxville, Illinois in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.
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