Mary Jennell Goodson
August 29, 2015
Mary “Madear” Jenell Goodson, 85, a native of Hardaway Florida went home to be with the Lord on August 29, 2015 at Big Bend Hospice in Tallahassee, FL after a brief illness. Madear or Miss G’ as she was affectionately called, along with her twin sister, Martha were the last of fourteen children, born to the late George Goodson and Mary Brown Goodson. As a child, she began her Christian journey at Springfield AME and continued as a member until her transition to her eternal home.
She received her elementary and secondary education in Gadsden County. In lieu of the strong family traditions passed down her mother Mary B. Goodson, her aunt Amanda Smith and her cousin Eliza Smith; Madear as she was affectionately known followed suit and became a Midwife.
She received her midwifery training in Sanford, FL. Over a long career, she delivered more than 3000 babies in the Gadsden County area. She simultaneously worked at Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee, FL for over ten years. She was a “collector of people” those that were homeless could count on her for a place to stay, those who were hungry could count on her for food to eat, those who needed someone to talk to could count on her to listen. She was known for her funny stories, jokes and antidotes. However, if needed she could tell you how it really was without backing away from the truth.
She was blessed to birth ten children of her own and raise two others. She also assisted in raising many of her grands as well as other children. She leaves to cherish her memories, two sisters: Azielee Peebles, Atlanta, Ga and Mattie McNeal, Tampa, FL. She was preceded in death by one child, Shelly Belvis and leaves to cherish her memory nine others: Albert Goodson, Tampa, FL; Joann Williams , Tampa, FL; Andrew Belvis (Harriet), Tallahassee, FL; Carolyn Payne, Tampa, FL; Sandy Lee Payne (Shirley), Tallahassee, FL; Horace Payne, Tallahassee, FL; Kenneth Payne, Charlotte, NC; Lovett Clark, Tampa, FL; and Bridget Smith, Tampa, FL. Two nephews which she raised: David Goodson (Gladys), Gretna, FL and Robert Goodson, Tampa, FL. Thirty grandchildren, forty-one great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. Two devoted granddaughters and care-givers, Shauntae Baker-Williams, ARNP (Dr. Edwardo Williams) Tallahassee, FL and Tameka Goodson, Tampa, FL. Devoted cousins Patricia Barthel (Johnny) Tampa, FL, Cora Moten (James) Gretna FL. A trusted friend, Jimmie Glen (Jay) Forman, as well as a host of sorrowing nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.