Louise E. "Weesy" Gooden, 82 years, passed away Wednesday, October 2, 2019, in Ft. Madison at her daughter Monica and son-in-law Craig's home surrounded by family and loved ones.
Louise was born November 16, 1937 to Fred J. and Mary E. Mullen Humphrey in Keokuk, Iowa. Louise has been a resident of Keokuk for majority of her life until recently moving in with her daughter.
Louise retired from Pinnacle Foods (Armor-Dial) after having a successful career there for 26 years. She was recognized multiple times for safety, quality and production, and the impact she had at Armor-Dial. Prior to, she worked at Western Auto for four years and Sheller Globe for seven. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Keokuk and then in Ft. Madison. She loved her children and grandchildren. She was the biggest cheerleader at all her children's and grandchildren's special events. She loved to go shopping with family and friends. Louise and her sister Josie also enjoyed going geo rock hunting, mushroom hunting, and shopping for the flowers they were going to plant in their gardens. Louise was an avid bowler with her sister Josie and the bowling crew that would place at the tournaments. Louise loved going out to dance with her friends and loved to travel. She was a strong independent woman who stood by her word and if she said she was going to do something, you could count on her to get it done. She was always setting goals for herself and achieving them throughout her life. Her laugh and sense of humor was infectious and she filled her family's hearts and homes with love and laughter.
Louise is survived by one daughter; Monica (Craig) Nye of Ft. Madison, two sons; Randy Englebrecht and Edward Englebrecht both of Keokuk, daughter in law Vanessa of Keokuk, nine grandchildren; Blane (Jennifer) Nye, William Gilbert, Lindsey (Tyler) Brady, Ashley Philip, Alexis (Michael) Clark, Megan Englebrecht, Elizabeth Englebrecht, Bryan Baker, Sarah Englebrecht, fourteen great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.
Louise was preceded in death by her loving parents, two brothers; Edward Mullen and Richard (Sonny) Humphrey, one sister Josephine Dunn, one nephew Greg Summers, and one son in infancy, Steven Wayne.
Visitation will be after 2:00 PM Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at DeJong-Greaves Celebration of Life Center at 917 Blondeau Street with family meeting friends from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.
A celebration of her life will be at 2:00 PM Thursday, October 10, 2019, at DeJong-Greaves Celebration of Life Center with Rev. David Turner officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
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I am a GRMC RN who has taken care of Louise through my 38 years there. She is one of those patients I enjoyed taking care of. She was fun and kind patient. Sherry Boeding
Sorry for ur loss of your mother Monica. My thoughts and prayers are with ur family at this time. May God comfort you during this hard time
I will always remember Louise for so many fun times and always laughing and having a good time. The most fun was when we went to Spoon River Drive or on one of our shopping trips. We would not be home until at least midnight. She was one person who could shop longer than me and that is saying something!! I remember being in Iowa City shopping and it was getting late. We had hit most of the stores and most of them were closing or getting ready to close. The rest of us were tired and shopped-out and Louise said "well, I think Younkers is still open, let's go there". I thought to myself, wow, did she get a second wind, or just hasn't lost her first wind. I think she could have shopped until the sun came up if the stores would stay open that long. And to be honest, I would have trudged right along with her, telling stories and laughing the whole time :) She always had a hug and kiss for everyone and made everyone feel special; that was just her way. Louise, I never did call you mom, but you were just like a mother to me and I will miss you dearly. Until we meet again ... xoxo
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