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Obituaries from the Pendleton Times, 

February 16, 2012

Helen Gooding, 68

Helen Ann Lawrence Gooding, 68, a resident of Blackman Flats, Hambleton, passed from this life early Wednesday morning, Feb. 8, 2012, at her home. She had been in declining health.

She was born Sunday, Dec. 26, 1943, at Seneca Rocks, a daughter of the late Gary Lawrence and Sally Reed Lawrence.

Mrs. Gooding was a graduate of Circleville High School and had worked as a waitress at the 4-U Restaurant in Seneca Rocks before marrying and moving to Parsons. She loved playing with her pride and joy, her granddaughter, Melina. She enjoyed sitting on the porch and visiting with neighbors, and she was an avid cook that enjoyed teaching her daughter, Beverly, everything she knew.

She was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

On Jan. 22, 1971, at Red House, MD., she was married to Harry H. Gooding, who preceded her in death on Dec. 6, 1992.

Surviving are two daughters, Beverly Klus and husband, Tom, of Parsons and Elizabeth Danette McDonald and husband, Wayne, of Denham Springs, LA.; three grandchildren, Melina Klus of Parsons and Shelby and Sydney McDonald of Denham Springs, LA; one brother, Gary Lawrence and wife, Gayla, of Augusta; one sister, Mary Sue Gross of Cumberland, MD.; two sisters-in-law, Cornell Knotts of Sugarlands and Martha Gibson of Moro, AR.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death was one sister, Ruth Hendrix.

Funeral services were held Saturday, at the Summerfield Funeral Home, Parsons, with Rev. Mike Lantz officiating. Interment followed in Rose Hill Cemetery at Thomas. 

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Roscoe Rexrode

Roscoe Rexrode, age 89, of Singers Glen and formerly of Pleasant Valley, passed away at home on February 12, 2012.

He was born to the late Minor Rexrode and Elva Florence Eye on August 24, 1922 in Moyers.

Mr. Rexrode graduated from Franklin High School and later enlisted in the United States Military. He served in the Army, at one point under the direction of General Patton, during World War II. He was always a farmer at heart and took pride in gardening. In 1955 he and his wifei moved to the valley with their two daughters where he continued to farm and was employed with the Farm Bureau for many years.

Roscoe was a dedicated member of Harrisonburg Church of Christ.

His wife, Missouri Belt Rexrode, preceded him in death in December 2010.

Surviving are his two daughters, Sharon Y. Payne and husband, Jake of Singers Glen, VA and Golda M. Rexrode and husband, Gary W. of Mt. Crawford, VA; four granddaughters, Sonya Rickel and husband, Shane, Tara Rexrode, Nina Strawderman and Stacy Ford and companion, Adrian Brown; four great grandchildren, Briana Ford, Dakota Ford, Benjamin Strawderman and Liam Rexrode and one brother, Dolan Rexrode.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg, VA, with Dr. Todd Collier officiating. Interment will follow at Woodbine Cemetery in Harrisonburg with Military Rites by the Dayton American Legion Post 27.

Memorial contributions may be made to the RMH Hospice, 2010 Health Campus Dr. Harrisonburg, VA 22801.


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