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Lucille Gooday

May 21, 1923 — June 21, 2020

Lucille Gooday, 97, formerly of Kingston, passed into eternal life on June 21, 2020, at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Born on May 21, 1923, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Anna (Check) Boney. Lucille attended James M. Coughlin High School and was married to her husband Edward for 63 years after meeting him at a jitterbug dance hall. While Edward was serving in the Army during World War II, Lucille worked for the federal government in East Orange, New Jersey. When the war ended, Edward and Lucille settled in Kingston to start a family. Lucille was a longtime member of Saint Ignatius Church, Kingston and attended mass at the Chapel of Saint Ann. As a member of the Wyoming Valley West Booster Club, she volunteered her time in support of the school’s athletic programs. She moved to Florida after the death of her husband eventually residing in Pompano Beach. Lucille enjoyed meeting people of all ages. People were drawn to her beautiful eyes. With her Irish “gift of gab,” she could strike up a conversation with a complete stranger. Lucille’s friendly disposition enabled her to make many friendships throughout the years including some special friendships in retirement. Lucille was always fashionably dressed and did not mind telling others her age because she looked much younger than the number. Her culinary specialty was her spaghetti sauce that she would share with friends and neighbors. A compassionate woman, Lucille would often make chicken soup for those who were not feeling well. When asked what was the secret to her longevity, she would simply reply, “I do not drink or smoke.” A loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Lucille will be fondly remembered for her generosity and devotion to her family. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Lucille was predeceased by her brother, Tommy, her sister, Ann Thomas, and her aunt, Verna Beck. She is survived by her daughters, Cindy Gooday and Pamela Markle, Pompano Beach, Florida; her sons, Bruce Gooday, Bear Creek, Pennsylvania and Christopher Buongiorno Esq., Charlotte, North Carolina; five granddaughters, Wendy and Jennifer, Leesburg, Virginia, Christina and Melissa, Pompano Beach, Florida, Kate, Charlotte, North Carolina; three grandsons, William, Jacksonville, North Carolina, Joshua, Pompano Beach, Florida and Justin, Bear Creek; five great-grandchildren and a nephew. Due to the current pandemic, a private funeral service will be held at Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Plymouth. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Condolences can be sent to: maher-collins.com.
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