Mary Locker Goodman – Oregon Pioneer Passes January 1909

Wagon ruts on Oregon Trail

“Mary Goodman, whose maiden name was Mary Locker, was born in Russell county, Kentucky, January 28, 1827.  She was married to J.H. Goodman August 29, 1843.  They settled in Cooper county, Missouri, where they lived until 1852, when they crossed the plains by time and located in Marion county, Oregon.  In 1854 they moved to Benton county and resided there until 1870, when they moved to Lane county, where they since have made their home.    She with her husband, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1893 and their 60th in 1903.  They had been married 63 years, when her husband was removed by death.  She lived to see her fifth generation and was a mother of 12 children, six sons and six daughters; five of who are left to mourn her loss.  They are A.J. Goodman, of Portland; Mary F. Rust of Eugene; W.B. Goodman of Lowell; Julia C. Day, of Eugene and Frank C. Goodman, of Eugene.   Mrs. Goodman was a member of the Baptist church and lived a consistent christian life.  She was a loving and devoted wife and mother and having lived more than the allotted period of life, she goes to her reward full of rich experience and leaves a blessed memory for her children and children’s children to cherish.”  Eugene Morning Register, Jan 3, 1909, pg. 4.

This is a unique obituary due to the fact that it gives a lot of good family information, but really doesn’t state when she died or where is might be buried.  We can only assume by the date of the obituary she died at the end of December 1908 or the first of January 1909.

Doing a quick search, I see that she is buried at the Masonic Cemetery in Eugene – along with her husband J.H. Goodman.  The cemetery inventory has her death year as 1909.  There are several other Goodmans listed that could be possible family members.


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