Mary Katherine Gooden Lollie was born in Madisonville, TX. on January 4, 1932. God opened His arms to her on January 22, 2021. Mary Katherine was the oldest of two children born to the late Lonnie Gooden, Sr., and Exia McNulty Gooden. Mary Lollie accepted Christ at an early age. She was a sweet, kind, loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend to all.
She attended public schools of Madisonville, TX. where she played basketball and was active in choir and the debate team. She graduated from Mary Allen College, Crockett, TX. in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics. She was employed as Office Manager/Administrative Assistant for Dr. C.B. Fuller in Wichita Falls, TX for over 30 years until retirement in 1994.
She met and married the love of her life, Claude E Lollie. They were married June 16, 1956 in Bryan, TX. They were blessed with one son, Claude E. Lollie, II. She was a devoted wife for 63 years until her husband was called home to be with the Lord. Mary was an active and beloved member of Eastside Baptist Church since 1965 where she served as the Financial Secretary. She was also active in and supportive of other ministries including teaching the Young People’s Bible Class. She was active in the community including volunteering with Habitat for Humanity where she served on the Family Selection Committee, the Parade of Homes Committee, The Women’s Build Committee and on the Board of Directors. She also volunteered for the local public library. She was an avid reader and loved to walk at the Zone and on the track at Booker T. Washington for daily exercise, most often walking 4 miles per day. She was an enthusiastic sports fan and relished watching college as well as professional football, especially the Dallas Cowboys. Mrs. Lollie loved serving the Lord, her church and her community but most of all, she treasured and loved her family and friends and she cherished spending time with them.
She was preceded in death by her parents Lonnie Gooden Sr. and Exia McNulty Gooden, husband; Claude E. Lollie and her brother Lonnie Gooden, Jr. She leaves to cherish and honor her memory a loving son Claude E. Lollie,II (Shelia) of DeSoto, TX, two granddaughters; Megan Lollie Hamilton (Roderick) of Mesquite, TX. and Summer Lollie, of DeSoto, TX., brother-in-law; Freddie Lollie (Lorene) of Kilgore, TX., sister-in-law; Billie Lollie, of Houston, TX., niece; Lonnette Gooden Hines of Pasadena, TX. and a host of cousins, nephews, nieces and friends.
Mom, you left us with beautiful memories; your love is
still our guide, and though we cannot see you, you’re
always at our side ; you will forever be in our hearts.
Claude, Shelia, Megan & Summer
Visitation will be Friday, January 29, 2021 from 4:30- 6:30 PM at Ainsworth & Young Funeral Home, 822 Roosevelt, Wichita Falls, TX 76301.Funeral Services will be held Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 12:00 PM, Eastside Baptist Church, 1632 Harding St., Wichita Falls, TX 76301. Due to COVID restrictions, seating will be socially distanced and masks are required.
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