Celebrating the life of Eloise B. Goodson
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Eloise was born on April 20, 1944, to the late Horace and Sylvia Booker in Amelia County, Virginia. She was educated in Montclair, New Jersey and the Amelia County School Systems. She graduated from Russell Grove High School in the class of 1962.
Eloise was a fantastic Mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and devoted friend. She was affectionally known as Bootsie, Weezy, Ella and Gum-Ma.
Eloise was employed with Bellsouth Telecommunications for over 40 years. She started with the company as a telephone operator and successfully climbed her way up the professional ladder over the years with the company. She took pride in her work and absolutely loved what she did. After retirement, she became an independent consultant with various other telecommunication companies. She enjoyed every minute of working. Her love for her profession, kept her young.
“Bootsie” was married to the late Heyward Henry Goodson, Sr., from this union, they had two daughters, Sylvia and Seana. She was predeceased by her parents, her loving grandmother Catherine “Grandma Kiffe” Monroe, her husband, her brother, Horace “Bobby” Booker, Jr., her devoted aunt, Millicent Johnson and her best friend/sister-in-law, Janie Goodson.
She leaves to cherish her memories, her beloved daughters, Sylvia (Walter) Nixon of Birmingham, Alabama and Seana Goodson of Beverly Hills, California, Treasured grandchildren, Travis Carree, Anthony “AJ” Adams, Jr., Jaylan Tucker, Nicole Nixon and Vernon Tucker III (Lovey), her brother, Lorenzo Booker, devoted aunt, Lucille Smythe, devoted cousins, Dianne, Leslie, Lewis, Lance, Joanne, Donald, Annette, Margaret, Vincent and Betty Lou. Loving sister-in-laws Lula Daniels, Rosa Daniels, LeAnna Ulmer and Millie Goodson-Goodwin, Frances Booker and Doris Booker and a wonderful brother-in-law, Johnson Goodson, great friends, Roy Lowery of Atlanta, Georgia, Carol Zellander of San Diego, Bertha Smith of Birmingham, Alabama, Beverly Fisher of Newark, New Jersey, Susan Parker of Baltimore, Maryland and Cora Sharper of Atlanta, Georgia, along with countless other friends and family whom were blessed to know her.
Eloise had a love for listening to Jazz music, laughing, being with her family, having fun with friends, convertible cars and most of all spoiling her grandchildren.
Bootsie touched the lives of many people with her smile and generosity. She always maintained her soft-spoken demeanor, her classiness, elegance, gentle spirit, brilliance and her love for fashion all the way to the end. She never let grass grow under her feet; she lived her life to the fullest.
Eloise often spoke about her mother’s favorite song, “Red Sails in the Sunset”, that she would play for her on the piano... An excerpt from the lyrics is perfect for this occasion,”Red sails in the sunset, Way out on the sea, Oh carry my loved one Home safely for me”.
She has now been safely returned home in God’s loving arms.
Our tiny little caterpillar has now blossomed into a beautiful butterfly.
Funeral Services Friday, October 7, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. from Michael W. Hawkes Funeral Home Chapel, Amelia with interment in the Pilgrim Baptist Church Cemetery, Jetersville.
Michael W. Hawkes Funeral Home of Amelia in charge of arrangements.
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