Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Goodbye, Dear Friend

Today, we went to the send off of a very good friend and cousin. She lived 69 years, 2 months, and today is with her Lord. There were so many family members and friends who were willing to travel many, many miles to be with her husband and children. The fellowship was so sweet, the music was wonderful, the service was a tribute to her love of the Lord, the preaching was from the Word, the food was wonderful. We will miss this wonderful person, but know that we will see her on the other side. Goodbye, dear Gloria.

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Name:
Mrs Gloria J Goossen, 69
Died:
October 8, 2010, in BryanLGH East Medical Center, Lincoln NE
Gloria J. Goossen

Gloria Jean (Buller) Goossen was born August 3, 1941 to Virgil and Agnes Buller the 2nd of four children in Enid, OK. After a long and courageous battle she went to her Heavenly home on October 8, 2010 at BryanLGH East Medical Center in Lincoln at the age of 69 years 2 months and 5 days. The family moved to Colby, KS in 1950 where they farmed. At an early age she came to the realization that she needed a Savior and accepted Jesus Christ, whom she loved and worshiped till she took her last breath and went Home to be with Him. Her life verse was Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths." She attended one year of High School at Meade Christian Academy in Meade, KS, then transferred to Oklahoma Bible Academy in Meno, OK from which she graduated with the class of 1959. She furthered her education at Tabor College in Hillsboro, KS, graduating with a 2-year Secretarial degree in 1961. She had a great love for the Bible and always enjoyed listening to Back to the Bible Broadcast, and was then privileged to work for them for a couple years.
It was while living at Colby, that she met and later married Ralph Goossen on July 9, 1965 at Meadow Mennonite Church (now Mingo Bible Church). To this union three children were born: Debra, Kimberly and Brian. Gloria and Ralph enjoyed many years of farming until moving to Friend, NE in 2007 where they presently lived at the time of her death. One of her delights was to be able to attend her grandsons sporting events and other school activities. Gloria was always very active in her church, especially in playing piano, organ and the accordion as well as being called on to play for many other events such as weddings and funerals. Gloria had a special ability when it came to music. She could hear a song once, sit down and play it by ear and could also play any piece of music put before her. For many years Gloria and her father teamed up to lead the music program at Mingo Bible Church, where she was an active member all her life. One of her favorite musical groups to listen to was the Gaither Vocal Band. She was known as an excellent and favorite bank teller at Thomas County Bank in Colby, KS, where she worked for many years. She will long be remembered for her love of life, her infectious laugh and her passion for the Kansas Jayhawks. One of her favorite activities was playing volleyball, whether it was in the town park, or the grain Quonset.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 45 years, Ralph; daughters and sons-in-law, Debra and Paul Segner, Friend, NE, Kimberly and Tim Steele, Copperas Cove, TX, son, Brian Goossen, York, NE, six grandchildren, Jared, David and Darren Segner, Friend, NE, Hannah, Rachael and Jacob Bottom, Copperas Cove, TX, sisters and brothers-in-law, Sharon and Alan DeBoer, Pagosa Springs, CO, Anita and Gary Pryor, Lincoln, NE, brother-in-law, Milton Claassen, Newton, KS, sisters-in-law, Irene and Levi Siebert, Thornton, CO, Lorena and Albert Wahl, Erickson, Manitoba, Canada, many nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death and welcomed to her Heavenly Home by her parents, Virgil and Agnes Buller, sister, LaVonda Claassen, and parents-in-law, Abe and Susie Goossen.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at the Friend Christian Assembly with Rev. Raymond Unruh and Rev. Jerry Gill officiating. Interment will be in Andrew Cemetery, Friend, NE. Visitation will be on Monday from 1-5 pm at Lauber-Moore Funeral Home, Friend, NE, with family greeting relatives and friends from 6-9pm at the Friend Christian Assembly Church. Memorials have been established to Back to the Bible, Lincoln, NE, Mingo Bible Church, Colby, KS or Friend Christian Assembly, Friend, NE. Casketbearers are Jared, David, Darren Segner, Randy Regier, Mark Myers, Kendall Claassen and Lynn Goossen. Honorary Pallbearers are Stan Epp, Ron Buller, Vern Goossen, Larry Dilts and Robert Buller. Musical accompaniment is provided by Caroline Eigsti and Bonnie Miller. Alan and Sharon DeBoer will sing "I'd Rather Have Jesus". The congregational hymns are "How Great Thou Art", "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" and "He The Pearly Gates Will Open".



15 comments:

Kim said...

So sorry for your loss.
Hugs, Kim

Missy said...

This is a beautiful tribute! Sorry for you loss!

Lynda said...

It sounds like Gloria lived a wonderful full life. God bless you and her! I'm so sorry for your loss.

jojo said...

God Bless your sweet friend Gloria. Her name says it all "Glory" ...

Darla said...

Thanks for posting this, Linda. It was a privilege to know Gloria! I will always remember her music, her laugh and the yummy food she brought to potluck!!

The Incredible Woody said...

So sorry for your loss! {HUGS}

Penny said...

Sorry for the loss of your friend. My cousin's wife's funeral was today, too.

That corgi :) said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your dear friend and cousin. I know she will be missed by all; I loved reading her obituary; she sounded like a lovely woman who left behind a wonderful legacy of love and faith

betty

The Conservative Lady said...

So sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences. A lovely tribute to your friend & cousin.

Mrs. Tuna said...

I sorry to hear of her passing, I'm thinking good thoughts for you and her family.

Dawn

Chambray Blue said...

Sorry for your loss, but a beautiful legacy... blessings your way, bobbi

Linda said...

Thank you everyone. Yes, Gloria was a one-of-a kind. She loved to laugh, pinch the babies' cheeks, tease, cook, and just be a wonderful woman. We loved her, and so did many, many other people. She served in our church longer than anyone I know about. She started playing the piano and organ at a very young age. She would take her accordion to the lake for the church picnic every year.

Her legacy is ongoing, and I'm sure we'll see the fruit of her labor for many generations.

Hoping the Blind Will See said...

My condolences, and a prayer.

Jo said...

Oh, Linda, please accept my condolences.

Hannah said...

I'm sorry for your loss Linda-- I'll be praying for you and your family.