Eloise Goodell

Obituary of Eloise Goodell

Funeral services for Eloise Goodell, age 92, of Sibley formerly of Lake Park, will be held on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Lake Park. Burial will be in the Silver Lake Cemetery in Lake Park.

Visitation will take place on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Lake Park. 

Margaret “Eloise” (Timmons) Goodell passed away peacefully on Friday, August 6, 2021 at the age of 92. Eloise was born on December 18, 1928 in Ocheyedan, Iowa. She was the youngest child of Edward “Lee” and Hazel (Hench) Timmons. She grew up on a farm east of Ocheyedan, and graduated from Ocheyedan High School.

Eloise taught two years in a country school near her home in rural Ocheyedan prior to meeting her husband, Clayton Goodell. Eloise and Clayton were married on April 2, 1950 in Worthington, MN. They lived and farmed on the family farm south of Lake Park until their retirement from farming, and then moved into town. They were married for almost 51 years prior to Clayton passing away in 2001. Eloise has been a resident at Sibley Specialty Care since January 2017.

Eloise worked at Vacation Village/Village West as a head cook and in housekeeping.   She was a member of Eastern Star, the United Methodist Church, and the Lake Park American Legion Auxiliary. As her children were growing up, she taught Sunday school and was a 4H leader. Eloise enjoyed reading, sewing, cooking, watching and feeding the birds and squirrels. She especially enjoyed spending time with her children, grand-children, and great grand-children, along with her grand dogs.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Steve (Kathy) Goodell of Lake Park, Marie (Marty) Wallace of Sibley, Lora Goodell of Sibley, Ann (Bill) Howe of Albert Lea, MN and Larry (Shelley) Goodell of Clive, IA; eleven grandchildren, Shane Turner of FL, Scott Turner of Spirit Lake, Lindsay Wallace of Sibley, Kelsey (Greg) Leaper of Ankeny, IA, Jillian (Jeremy) Voss of West Fargo, ND, Mariah (Scott) Eyler of North Mankato, MN, Lana Howe, Logan Howe of Albert Lea, MN, Sydney Goodell, Alex Goodell, and Nicholas Goodell of Clive, IA; and her ten great grand-children Afton (Josh) Grady-Winebrinner, Huxton Wallace, Toby, Malia and Emmett Voss, Keegan, Kasey, Gracyn and Grier Leaper, and Griffin Eyler. Others left to cherish her memory are her sisters-in-law Joyce Monier of Sibley, June Sohn-Butterfield of ID, Betty Goodell of Spirit Lake, LaVonne Goodell of Alexandria, MN and her brother and sister-in-law Leon & Gladys Goodell of Lake Park, along with many nieces and nephews.

Eloise was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton; her parents, her sister Dorothy Ogden, brothers Merlin Timmons, and Dale Timmons, brothers-in-law Bob Ogden, Oran Goodell, Donald Goodell, Jack Goodell, Lawrence Mills, Carl Sohn, Jack Butterfield, Dayton Monier, and Chuck Buchman; sisters-in-law Ruth Timmons, Cleo Timmons, Olive Mills and Betty Buchman.

She will be lovingly remembered by her family and friends.