Goldie Imogene Farnsworth
Davis Funeral Home
Goldie Imogene Farnsworth, last surviving child of August Edward Reiling and Lula Ellen Carey, was born April 8, 1920 in Peoria, Illinois, where she was raised and received her education. After a short courtship, she married the love of her life, Raymond R. Farnsworth on November 28, 1938 in Davenport, Iowa. The early years of their marriage were spent in and near the Peoria, Illinois area until the United States Army stationed Raymond in California, before deployment to Burma during WWII. Goldie and her friend, an army wife as well, moved to California together where they stayed until the end of the war. During those years, Goldie worked in a factory, training workers and driving a forklift that had blocks attached to the pedals to allow her little legs to reach.
When Raymond returned home, they returned to Peoria, Illinois and were blessed with the addition of two daughters to their family. Shortly after the growth of their family, Raymond and Goldie bought a farm in Tryon, Oklahoma where they raised their girls for the following 8 years. During those years Goldie spent her time milking cows, driving a tractor and helping Raymond in the fields bailing hay, along with caring for her family.
In 1956, they sold the farm and moved to Cushing, Oklahoma where they purchased Ray’s D-X, a filling station on the corner of Moses and Central streets. When Raymond would leave on an out of state welding job, Goldie would run the station from 6 a.m. to midnight, changing oil, fixing flat tires, and other mechanical and clerical duties.
After owning and running the station for a few years, they decided to sell it and Goldie became a stay at home wife and mother, where she spent the next several years caring for her family including her mother-in-law and several aging aunts.
After Raymond passed away in 1971, Goldie, wanting to stay busy, spent the next 20 years working on Broadway Street. She worked as manager of Brittin’s Discount Store, then later for Peter’s Department Store. She was a member of the First Methodist Church, Deborah-Rebecca Lodge, and the VFW Women’s Auxiliary, spending many years in the positions of Secretary and Treasurer. She managed the kitchen for the VFW for over 40 years, until it closed.
Goldie enjoyed reading and working puzzle books, stating that is what keeps your mind sharp. She also enjoyed playing card games, dice games and triominoes with her family. She had a love for dogs and spent many years spoiling every dog that came into her life. Goldie bragged on an impeccable driving history and was proud to have a drivers license in good standing until the age of 99, although she quit driving at the age of 96.
Goldie passed from this life on Friday, September 22, 2017, in her home surrounded by family and friends. She is survived by daughters Carol McCrackin and husband Raymond of Cushing, Pat Harmon, of the home and Liz Rose of California; grandchildren, LaRae Wilhelm and husband Dale of Cushing, Kathy Wotipka and husband Dale of Texas, Kelly Harmon and wife Jennifer of Glenpool, Courtney Brown-Thompson and husband DeMarco of Broken Arrow, Amanda Hackenberger of Cushing, Shelly Frye and husband Curt of California, Janice Rose of California and Jeff Rose of California, along with 19 great-grandchildren, and 19 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, and many friends, including dear friend Vida Jean Davis. Known and loved by many, she most surely will be missed.
Goldie was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four brothers, one sister, two sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law, one son-in-law, two nephews, one great granddaughter and one great-great-granddaughter.
Funeral services will be Friday, September 29, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in the Davis Memorial Chapel.
Burial will follow in the Tryon Cemetery.
You may share your condolences with the Farnsworth family at www.davisfh.net.
Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home.