Marjorie Bowser Goddard, 86, of Virginia Beach, Va., died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2001, in Virginia Beach.
She graduated from Steele High School in Dayton in 1932 and earned a bachelor of arts degree in education at Otterbein College in 1936, where she was crowned the first Homecoming Queen in the history of the school. A career Latin and English teacher, she taught in Milan, Mount Victory and Richwood. She was a longtime member of Mount Carmel Chapter Order of Eastern Star, serving as Past Worthy Matron. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and taught Sunday School and sang in the choir. In 1993 she moved to a retirement community in St. Marys and in June 2000 moved to a health care Virginia Beach to be closer to family members.
She was born May 26, 1915, in Portsmouth to the late John Raymond and Olive Belle Smith Bowser and was predeceased by her husband, James McClusky Goddard.
She is survived by two daughters, Marjorie Lou (David) LeCount of Jack sonville, N.C., and Dorothy Ann (Richard) McKinney of Virginia Beach a son, William Woodrow Goddard of Riverside, Calif., and a sister Louise Elliott of Gaithersburg, Md. Seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren continue to celebrate her life. They include grandchildren Shannon Montgomery of North Carolina, David LeCount of Tennessee, Amy Jo God-, dard of New York, Tonia Goddard of Texas, Steven (Mary) LeCount of Georgia, Kevin Goddard of North Carolina and Jessica McKinney of Virginia. Her legacy remains with her great-grandchildren, Kyle and Tyler Montgomery, Scott and Christopher LeCount, Chase LeCount and Austin Goddard.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Stofcheck Funeral Home in Richwood. The Rev. Debbie Nance will officiate and burial will be at the Claibourne Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home where an Eastern Star service will be held at 6 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Your prayers and presence are most welcome.
Directions to Claibourne Cemetery
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