Frances L. Gooch

1917 – 2009

Mrs. Frances L. Gooch, 92, of Orrick, Mo., passed away Monday, May 11, 2009 at the North Kansas City Hospital.

Frances was born on March 6, 1917 in Orrick to Sam and Allie (Canada) Vance. She had lived her entire life in Orrick and graduated from Orrick High School in 1935. She was united in marriage to Keith E. Gooch on November 9, 1943. Frances had devoted her entire life to her family. She was an avid cook. She was a member of the Orrick United Methodist Church and the Happy Hatter’s Red Hat Society of Orrick.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Keith E. Gooch in June of 2002, her parents, a son, Stephen K. Gooch in 1994, two sisters, Mary Kay Sanderson and Jewel L. Pigg, and a brother, Ben F. Vance.

Survivors include her two daughters and sons-in-law, Sally and Ritchie Vick, and Julie and Kenny Goetz, all of Orrick, her grandchildren, Emily Kilgore, Daniel Vick (Carla), Jenny Burnett ( Donnie), Nathan Vick and Becky Vick, four great-granddaughters, Janie, Sydnee, Shealyn and Brooklyn, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at the Orrick United Methodist Church with Reverend Emily Carroll officiating. Burial will be in South Point Cemetery, Orrick, Mo. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 12 at the Gowing Chapel in Orrick. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Orrick United Methodist Church or the Ray County Hospital Home Health Dept.


Dear Sally, Julie and family;
My sincere condolences to you all during this sad and difficult time. Frances was such a sweetheart with her charm and wit. She was one of my favorite people. I hold fond memories of her when she used to be a room mother when I was in the fourth grade, as well as her helping with the elementary school Christmas plays. May God rest her soul and give you comfort and peace.
Larry Thompson

Dear Julie, Sally and families:
I am so sorry to hear about your Mother. My heartfelt sympathy to you all. Frances was most certainly one of a kind and will be missed by all. I have fond memories when back in Jr. High School, I would occasionally be lucky enough to spend the night with Julie and Frances would always make me feel welcome and safe. My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time.
Christena Armstrong