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Dr. Mary Virginia (Nation) Gooch

December 22, 1947 ~ February 13, 2018 (age 70)

            Dr. Mary Virginia Gooch, 70, of Wellsville, passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Missouri.

            Mrs. Gooch was born December 22, 1947 in Mexico, Missouri, a daughter of John Joseph Nation Sr. and Florence Virginia (Grennan) Nation. 

            On October 12, 1968 at the Church of the Resurrection in Wellsvile, she married James Everett “Jim” Gooch.  They shared almost 50 years of marriage together and were the parents of 2 children. 

            Mary was a 1965 graduate of Wellsville-Middletown R-1 High School.  She continued her education at St. John’s Mercy School of Nursing and graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1968.  While working as a Registered Nurse at St. Joseph Hospital in St. Charles, Mary continued her studies, graduating with her Master’s Degree.  After receiving her Master’s, Mary worked as a counselor for a psychiatrist in St. Charles for several years.  Mary continued on with her education while working as a counselor, receiving her PhD in 1993 at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  She later went to work for MERS (Missouri Goodwill Industries) as a psychologist for over 20 years. 

            Mary and Jim have lived in Wellsville since 2003.  Prior to that, they lived in St. Charles. 

            She was a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Wellsville.

            Mary loved to read and advancing her education throughout her studies.  She enjoyed traveling, holidays and celebrating her grandchildren’s birthdays.  Family was extremely important to Mary and she loved the time she got to spend with them.

            Mary is survived by her husband, James Everett “Jim” Gooch, of the home in Wellsville; daughter, Kimberly Michelle Holmes, of Santa Fe; son and daughter-in-law, Timothy Earl “Tim” and Lisa Maria Gooch, of St. Charles; eight grandchildren, Courtney Michelle Holmes, of Santa Fe, Noah Michael Homes and wife, Amber Sue, of Madison, Carmyn Miranda Holmes and Wyatt Burnett, of Paris, Andi Rae Holmes, of Santa Fe and Brenden James Gooch, Hayden Michael Gooch, Austin Kyle Gooch and Cassidy Grace Gooch, of St. Charles; five great-grandchildren, Matthew James Painter and Maci Jane Hinson, of Santa Fe, Melanie Skye Holmes and Miley Shaye Holmes, of Madison and Jameson Dean Burnett, of Paris; sisters and brothers and spouses, G. Joan Garufi, of Wellsville, James Donald and Sandy Nation, of Wellsville, Richard Vernon “Dick” and Linda Nation, of Sanford, Florida and Robert Wayne “Bob” and Caroline Nation, of Wellsville; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Shirley Nation, of Wellsville and William Dean “Bill” and Diane Gooch, of Mountain Grove; in addition to numerous nieces and nephews.

            She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Virginia Nation; grandson, William Claude “Bill” Holmes II; brother, John Joseph Nation Jr.; sister-in-law, Rebecca Alice “Becky” Nation; brother-in-law, Vincent Edward Garufi Jr. and nephews, Patrick Alan Nation and Vincent Edward Garufi III.

            Visitation was held from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, Friday, February 16, 2018 at Church of the Resurrection in Wellsville.

            A Mass of Christian Burial was at 12:00 noon, Friday, February 16, 2018 at the church.  Father Joseph Abah and Deacon Ron Deimeke officiated.  Serving as organist was Palmyra Dubbert.  Cantor was Brenda Hale.

            Burial was in Resurrection Catholic Cemetery in Wellsville.  Serving as pallbearers were her grandchildren, Austin Gooch, Brenden Gooch, Hayden Gooch, Carmyn Holmes, Courtney Holmes and Noah Holmes.  Honorary pallbearers were her grandchildren, Andi Holmes and Cassidy Gooch and great-grandchildren, Matthew Painter, Melanie Holmes, Maci Hinson, Miley Holmes and Jameson Burnett. 

            Services were under the direction of the Myers Funeral Home in Wellsville. 

            Memorial contributions were suggested to Alzheimer’s Association c/o Myers Funeral Home, 203 East Bates Street, Wellsville, MO 63384.