In Loving Memory…

Mary K. Goode

Mary Kathryn Goode, 77, of California, MO, formerly of Otterville, MO, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 18, 2019 at her home.

Born on October 15, 1942 in Sedalia, she was the youngest of three daughters of Louis Alexander and M. Louise (Page) Mertgen.

Mary was a 1960 graduate of Otterville High School.

That same year on December 17, at the United Church of Christ in Florence, she married Charles D. Goode. To this union three daughters were born.

After high school, Mary attended beauty school and worked in Sedalia for about a year. Then in 1966, she began working part-time at the local post office. She continued a 26 year career with the United States Postal Service, mainly as the  Otterville Postmaster, retiring in 1992.

Mary and Charles lived most of their life in the Otterville community, only recently moving to California to be near their daughter. She was a longtime member of the Otterville Presbyterian Church, where she served in many capacities including on the Session. After moving to California she joined the United Church of Christ.

During her many years in Otterville, Mary served the community in a multitude of ways. She was instrumental in establishing the Otterville Pool and was dedicated to helping others. She regularly visited and helped neighbors, family and friends. The theme of her life could be called “faith in action.”

She was active in the Otterville Senior Center and the Cooper County Historical Society. She enjoyed many hobbies including reading, gardening, playing the piano, decorating her home and yard, and traveling. She and Charles had camped in 49 states.

After her loved ones, her passion was family history and genealogy and she authored several family history books as well as the book for the Otterville Sesquicentennial. She was instrumental in organizing three separate trips to Germany to meet the treasured relatives she had found through her research. She was a lifelong learner and was always thinking, doing, moving, and helping. She never sat still for long.

Surviving are her husband of 58 years, Charles D. Goode, of the home; three daughters: Karen Varvel (Bryan), of Olathe, KS, Connie LaBarbera (Mike), of Ashland, MO, and Charla Friedmeyer (Brad), of California, MO; nine grandchildren: Ryan Keele, Nicholas Varvel, Christopher Varvel, Caris LaBarbera, Caleb LaBarbera, Carver LaBarbera, Cory Friedmeyer, Tucker Friedmeyer and Walker Friedmeyer; two great-grandchildren: Madison and Mason Keele; and a sister, Betty Woodall, of Florence.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Beverly Hardey.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Heckart Funeral Home in Sedalia, with Jeff Page and the Rev. Russell Cobb officiating.

The family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.

A private burial will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Otterville.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Otterville Senior Center or to a charity of the donor’s choice.


  1. So sorry to hear this. Prayers to all the family

  2. Judith A. Hatton

    So very sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. She was a terrific lady. She will be missed by so many. We always enjoyed spending time together. We share some really nice memories. Hugs, love and sympathy to you all.

  3. Casey Jaco-Vasquez

    We will miss her greatly. Mostly her witty comebacksand her love. Sending love and prayers to you all.
    The Jaco Family.

  4. John and Suzette Meyer

    We are saddened to hear of our friend Mary’s passing. She was a great friend of our family for many years. May God be with you as you remember her.

  5. Charles and famiky3
    I am so sorry for your loss. Mary was a wonderful person

  6. Mary was a dear dear friend from the time we moved to Otterville. Both Bob and I enjoyed their visits to Virginia. She will be missed. My love, my thoughts, my prayers go out to all her family and friends. Jane Miller Whitworth

  7. Sorry for your loss. Mary was a wonderful lady, was glad to call her my friend. She will be greatly missed by all.

  8. Brian and Shelly Aggeler

    What a ray of sunshine she was. You will be missed. Prayers to all, i know heaven is singing.

  9. So sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers
    Mike Meyer

  10. Family Worship Cente

    Our deepest condolences to all the family members. She has left a wonderful legacy, we are praying for you.

  11. Teresa Wallenburn-Callahan

    I’m sorry to hear of her passing. My thoughts, prayers, and heart are with you all.

  12. Carlene & Larry Petree

    Mary was a special lady and we had so much when they belonged to the Camping Club. Our sympathy to the family.
    Larry and Carlene Petree

  13. Pat (BLAKESLEY) Copas

    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you Charles and Family

  14. So sorry to her entire family. We were cousins and enjoyed the reunions.
    Charles, you and her were always so kind. I will miss her.
    Prayers and thoughts.

  15. Ron & Sandy Otten

    Charles,Karen, Connie,Charla, and families I am so sorry to hear of Mary passing. I enjoyed doing Mary’s hair. We talked about hair, decorating our homes, and our yards. Just know we are thinking of each one of you,

  16. Charles and family, so sorry to hear about Mary. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers.
    She always was helping someone.

  17. Tonya and Kenny zeornes

    Mary will be so missed.Charles you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  18. Tim&Vickie Dunham

    So sorry to hear this, Mary was a special person!

  19. Wanda (Bottom) Neuwirth

    I am so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. She will certainly be missed. My prayers go out to Charles, her girls and all her family,

  20. Donna Diefendorf Haughenberry

    Such sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  21. AJ and Rita McCart

    So very sorry for your loss, she was a very nice lady. Prayers are with you and your family.

  22. Charles & family, so sorry to hear of your loss. Just know that your family is in my prayers as you celebrate Mary’s life.

  23. Until we all meet again.
    Much love from your English cousin.

  24. Karen Waller Burns

    Sorry to here of her passing. She will be missed. Prayers to family.

  25. Charles and girls, and families. Mary will be greatly missed by so many friends. May she rest in the loving arms of god!

  26. Judy and Mark Simmons

    Charles, our hearts go out to you and your family at this time of sorrow. Mary was a great friend and wonderful to work with. You are in our thoughts and prayers and have our deepest sympathy.

  27. Cindy and Dale Elmlinger

    So sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. We enjoyed camping with her and Charlie so much. She had a gift of making you feel as if she had been your friend for a long time, the first time you met her.
    Thoughts, prayers and sympathy to the family.

  28. So sorry for your loss ,Prayers are with you and your Family

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