Madeline, age 78, went home to be with Jesus on Saturday, June 22, 2013. She was born April 16, 1935, to Edith M. (Bare) and Chester N. Goodson. Madeline was the oldest of six brothers and sisters. She was born in the farmhouse in Newkirk, Oklahoma, where wheat and corn were the crops. In 1943 the family moved to Chickasha, where Chester worked as a machinist and helped make parts for the government. Madeline and her family moved again in 1947 to Cement, OK, where she went to a little country school until graduating 8th grade. She then went to Cement High School.
She worked at the little cafe after school and boarded at a ladies house going home on the weekends. On those weekends the families of the community would gather; hosting the kids, playing games, eating homemade donuts and drinking big pans of hot cocoa. At one of these gatherings she met the love of her life Carl. Carl and Madeline married, May 6, 1951 in Burkbernette, Texas. Together they lived in Oklahoma City, until July of 1951. Then Carl took her to Oregon, for a honeymoon, which they fell in love with and stayed which broke her mother’s heart.
Carl found work at a sawmill in Drain, Oregon, until October 1953 when it closed, they moved to Dillard, working for 38 years at Roseburg Forest Products. Together they raised six children in the Olalla area. She loved her children and would do whatever she could for them. She made sure all six went to Sunday school and church on Sunday, where she saw them all accept Jesus as their Savior.
She was PTA President in Tenmile for two years and to the teachers happiness went to the school board and asked that the children not eat lunch in the classrooms, as it would be a mess to clean up. Madeline worked for eight years selling Avon to the ladies in the Olalla and Tenmile area. She was a 4-H leader with the Rawhide Ranchers for five years. She was a 4-H leader with the Kamalie (livestock), Butterfingers and Woolies which she was proud of. She enjoyed helping all the kids earn ribbons from blue to grand champion. She loved all the kids she came in contact with. Madeline was always ready to learn anything that would help the kids. She was always on their side and wanted them to learn all they could. One of her happiest times was when she went to Oregon State University for a week with 13 4H kids on summer retreat in 2000.
She and Carl owned the Porter Creek Store from 1975 until 1985. She enjoyed the store so much and made many many friends which still saw her on the streets and told her how much they missed her smiling face. Carl and Madeline moved to the Roberts Creek area and to the ranch they always wanted. They raised cattle and sheep which Madeline loved, especially at lambing time.
In 2000 when she was diagnosed with cancer they sold the sheep because you need two people and she didn’t want Carl to do it alone. Carl loved being a rancher. He downsized his stock, which still gave him a reason to get out of the house and keep busy. Madeline was a member of the Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Roseburg. She loved every member there and enjoyed the potlucks after services.
Madeline recalled often when one of her sons dropped a pie going into the potluck and often laughed as she re-told it. “I never met a person I didn’t like, I am a people person. I love to travel and see the wonderful places that God created. I loved the sunsets in Central Oregon. I loved the many deer hunts and camping. Carl and I looked forward for the fall to come. Especially the elk hunting trips we made each year. I will never forget my first elk, it looked much bigger standing up than sitting down. I treasure all the times I have had with my children. I never wanted to be away from them from the time they were born until I take my last breath.”
Madeline was preceded in death by her father, Chester and mother, Edith; and three brothers: Chester E.; Michael A. and Joseph D. She leaves her loving husband, Carl; and two sisters: Earlene Manning of Urich, MO; and Pauline Smith of Cement, OK. Madeline also leaves her six children: Brenda Poland and her husband Rick of Roseburg; Carla Reagles and her husband Mark of Rogue River; Carol Tsarnas and her husband Cola of Roseburg; Carl T. Smith and his wife Mary of Winston; Richard Smith and his wife Stacie of Winston; and David Smith and his wife Debbie of Roseburg; as well as 19 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She loved them all and she knew they loved her also.
A time of viewing will be held at Taylor’s Family Chapel on Friday, June 28, 2013 from 2 to 7 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the Landmark Baptist Church on Diamond Lake Blvd in Roseburg on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 2 p.m. Madeline will be laid to rest at Roseburg National Cemetery.