In Loving Memory…

Arden M. Goss

Arden Marie Goss, 63, of rural Smithton, passed away Friday, January 3, 2020 at her home, surrounded by her family. Cancer is a formidable opponent. She fought it and didn’t beat it but she didn’t let it beat her.

Born September 5, 1956, in St. Louis, she was one of three children of Neal and Rose (Cothern) Plantz.

On October 6, 1999, in Las Vegas, she was united in marriage to James Goss.

Arden’s life was centered around her family. She especially loved to cook for them. They loved to camp and simply be together. She enjoyed trips out west and had a special love for her pets and all animals. She was a loving wife, mom and “GG” will be deeply missed.

Surviving are her husband, Jim, of the home; three children, Shaun Belsha, of Sedalia, Stephen Belsha (Christina), of Jefferson City, and Gabriel Belsha (Misty), of Sedalia; a stepson, Jimmy Goss, of Sedalia; a stepdaughter, Ashton Stewart, of Sweet Springs; eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; her sister, Gail Spaunhorst, of Jefferson City; and her brother, Tom Plantz, of Sedalia.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, John Plantz.

A celebration of Arden’s life will be held at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, January 9, 2020 at Heckart Funeral Home, with Pastor Vonda Veale officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the Heckart Family Center where a meal will be served.

She will be buried later in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Benton County Hospice.


  1. Carolyn and Kevin Summers

    I’m so very sorry for your loss I know that Arden loved Jim with all her heart. I know she lived her sons and was very proud of them. She was blessed and we were blessed by knowing her. She will be sorely missed.

  2. God’s blessings and peace to Arden’s family. We are so sorry for your loss. We know that she loved all of you so much and you loved and cared for her. She spread a bright light in this world.

  3. So sorry for your loss, praying for you all.

  4. Charlene Knight

    So sorry for your loss Jim. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Jerry and Teresa Klein

    So sorry to hear of your loss Jimmy our thoughts and prayers for you and your family

  6. I’m so sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family during this difficult time. I know she will be greatly missed.

  7. Anthony and Rene Cook

    We are deely sadden of the lose of Arden. Our prays go out to you Jim and your family – may a path of healing be provided to you and yours.

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