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May 4, 2017 Obituaries - Helen V. Gooden 1939 - 2017
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Helen V. Gooden

1939 - 2017

Helen Virginia Gooden, 77, of Kalona, passed away Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Mercy Hospital, Hospice Unit, Iowa City. Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Lensing Funeral Service, Iowa City. Burial was in Sharon Hill Cemetery, Kalona.

Helen was born on August 1, 1939 in Taylor, Texas, the daughter of Henry and Binnie (Marquez) Rios. She was united in marriage to Claude Gooden on August 24, 1974 in Tampa, Fla.; he preceded her in death on May 27, 2014. Helen was a nursing assistant for various employers throughout her career. She was a devoted, caring, and loving mother, who enjoyed spending time with her family.

Helen loved playing cards with her kids and grandkids. She was Elvis’ number one fan, and enjoyed country music. Helen and Claude enjoyed spending their time fishing and strolling through flea markets.

Helen is survived by her five children: Paul (Bev) Marple, Dirk (Angie Burnett) Marple and Randy Marple, all of Iowa City, Tammy Marple and Kelly (Connie) Marple of Farmington, Ark.; eight brothers: John (Jeri) Rios of Coralville, Frank (Laura) Rios of Tiffin, Tony (Donna) Rios of Wellman, Tom (Wendy Jo) Rios of Davenport, Roy (Diane) Rios of North Liberty, Ray (Diana) Rios of Cedar Rapids, Henry Rios of Solon and Benny (Margaret) Rios of North Liberty; sister: Mary (Ed) Sekula of Minnetonka, Minn.; nine grandchildren: Alexa, Schuyler, Scott, Dan, Chelcei, Dirk Jr., Ben, Carissa, and Ryan; and eight great grandchildren.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers: Emmett and Raymond; and a half-sister Nueves Gonzelez.

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