Clara Belle Goodenough

  • Born: February 28, 1931
  • Died: December 21, 2017
  • Location: Morrison, Illinois

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Rock Falls, IL 61071

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Clara Belle Goodenough, age 86 of Morrison, passed away, Thursday, December 21, 2017 at Resthave Nursing Home in Morrison.

Clara was born on February 28, 1931 to Rensie and Ella Geerts. She graduated from Morrison High School in 1948. She married Orville Goodenough, Jr. on November 26, 1950. She and her husband farmed on the O-Good Holstein Farm on Garden Plain Rd, until retiring in 2000, and continued to live there until her death. Clara served as an election judge for Union Grove Twp. for almost 40 years and was an election judge for many years at the Whiteside County Fair. She was an active member of the former Whiteside County Farm Bureau Women's Committee and in 1981 was the Farm Woman of the year. She was an active member of the Morrison Presbyterian Church and taught Sunday School for nearly 20 years. She was an active member of the UPW and the Sage Guild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Don and Paul Geerts; sister, Ruth Ann Wiersema; son-in-law, Loren Anderson; and a great granddaughter in infancy.

She is survived by daughter, Cathy Anderson of Dixon; sons, Philip (Zarina) Goodenough of Rock Island and Steve (Lisa) Goodenough of Morrison; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren and her brother, Larry Geerts.

Her body has been given to Dept. of Biological Science at Northern Ill. University in DeKalb. There will be a memorial service held at the First Presbyterian Church in Morrison on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. with the visitation prior to the service, starting at 10:00 A.M.

A memorial fund has been established for Stronghold Presbyterian Camp at Oregon, Ill.


Condolence & Memory Journal


Fond memories of the Goodenough families through the years. Very sorry to hear of her passing. Condolences to all. Kathy (Valk) & Stan Merema

Posted by Kathy Merema - Fulton, IL - Family Friend   January 01, 2018


Clara will be missed by all here at Resthave.

Posted by Resthave Home    December 27, 2017


So Sorry for your loss...Thinking of you and your Families.

Posted by Bob and Kathy Huizenga    December 27, 2017

Steve and family!! So sorry for the loss of your mother!! You are in my thoughts and prayers!!

Posted by Janica Jenkins - Morrison, IL - Friend   December 26, 2017


Our sympathy to the family.b

Posted by Gene and Margaret Pessman    December 26, 2017


Orville, our thought & Prayers are with you ,!

Posted by Merle & Sharon Reisenbigler - Morrison, IL - Friend   December 25, 2017


A wonderful classmate and a good friend thru out these many years!

Posted by Don Schroeder - Tampa, FL - Classmate   December 25, 2017


Our deepest sympathy to our neighbors and friends on the loss of Clara and you are all in our prayers.

Posted by Bob and Karen Endress - Morrison, IL - Neighbor   December 24, 2017

Orville and family, I am sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Jean Ferris - Savanna, IL   December 24, 2017

Steve i was sorry to hear of your loss. Peace to you and your family

Posted by Mark Broemmer - Davenport, IA - Friend   December 23, 2017


-fondly remembering one of my Presbyterian Church Sunday School teachers

Posted by Jan Renkes - IL   December 23, 2017


Sweet lady, condolences to the family!

Posted by Marv and Ethel VanZuiden - Morrison, IL - Acquaintance   December 23, 2017


Our sympathy to the entire Goodenough family on the loss of Clara Belle. She was a wonderful lady. I remember how much my mom, Helen Harvey, enjoyed visiting with her and working with her as an election judge.

Posted by Bob and Nancy (Harvey) Countryman - Fulton, IL   December 22, 2017

We are so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Dave & Julie Jennings    December 22, 2017