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Obituary – Bernice Goddard (1927-2021)

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Bernice Flynn Goddard of Waldron, Arkansas went to be with her Lord and Savior, Saturday, August 14, 2021 in Waldron, Arkansas. Bernice was born November 25, 1927 in Hot Springs, Arkansas to Jack Flynn and Josie Coleman Flynn. She was 93 years old. 

Today the hardest working woman I ever knew went to be with the Lord. My Mommaw made the best biscuits and yeast rolls. She was one amazing cook, if you never ate at her house, I’m sorry. She loved taking her grandkids on walks to the creek to look for “sea shells”. She was a game player. When we were kids we played countless games of Yahtzee and Rumi. She’d pull out the punch bowl and when we were little to make us punch as a treat. 

When we were older we learned to play the family pass time, Pitch. She loved to play Pitch. She was still playing just a couple weeks ago at 93. She was quite the smack talker when it came to Pitch. She was often accused of cheating, but she never knew how those cards ended up in her lap. I received many hugs goodbye, followed up with, “Hurry back so I can beat you again.”

So many memories I’ll never forget from picking Huckleberries to make pie, going with her while she milked the milk cow, helping wash the laundry on Monday, laundry day in the wringer washers outside, helping work in the garden, her cream corn, red jello with apples and cool whip, her love of flowers, how she had our pictures everywhere, and the quilts she made for us.

I was truly blessed to call Bernice Goddard, Mommaw. Ross Creek Road is never going to feel the same, but it will always hold some of my favorite memories.

Bernice leaves behind to cherish her memory her children: Ronald Lee Goddard and wife Libby of Waldron, Arkansas, Danny Ray Goddard and wife Sherry of Booneville, Arkansas, Johnny Leon Goddard of Waldron, Arkansas, Larry James Goddard and Krystle of Tennessee and Patricia Lynn Hall of Waldron, Arkansas. Mommaw will forever remain in the hearts of her grandchildren, Tracy Williams and husband Jack of Waldron, Arkansas, Jennifer Adams and husband Kevin of Claremore, Oklahoma, Nathan Goddard and wife Lindsey of Florida, Jessica Plummer and husband Jesse of North Dakota, Jered Goddard and wife Keely of Charleston, Arkansas, Matthew Goddard and wife Collen of Russellville, Arkansas, Whitney Weaver of Norfolk, Virginia, Deven Goddard and wife Jordyn of Springdale, Arkansas and Sidney Duerr of Fayetteville, Arkansas as well as 11 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Billie Bottoms of Waldron, Arkansas. Bernice will be missed by all that knew her and the many whose lives she impacted including a host of extended family, friends and neighbors she loved dearly.

Bernice was preceded in death by her loving husband Volton, parents, Jack and Josie Flynn, and her siblings: Clayburn, Nada and Thelma.

Bernice’s life celebration will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Cindy Franklin officiating. Interment will follow in the Bush Cemetery near Waldron, Arkansas. Arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.

Bernice’s pallbearers will be Jack Williams, Deven Goddard, Kevin Adams, Jered Goddard, Matthew Goddard, Trey Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be Jesse Plummer, Nathan Goddard, Braden Williams and Ethen Adams.

Bernice’s visitation will be Tuesday, August 17, from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.

For those who want to attend the service but can not be in attendance, the funeral service will be live-streamed on our website.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Bernice Goddard, please visit our floral store.

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