Jennings Hagan nee Benton, Goldie Mae

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015
Time: 4:00 to 8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on Sunday, May 31, 2015

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Sunday, May 31, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Crestview Memorial Park, St. Clair, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to the American Cancer Society


Goldie Mae Jennings Hagan of Corning, AR, formerly St. Louis, MO, departed this life in Corning, surrounded by the love of her family, on May 28, 2015, having reached the age of eighty-six years, one month and twenty-nine days. Goldie was born in Bliss, MO, on March 29, 1929, daughter of Richard Benton and Elsie Helen Benton nee Richards. In 1948, she was united in marriage to Ralph William Jennings and ten children came to bless this union. In 1963, she was united in marriage to Richard Dyer and for fifteen years, he was a step-father to her children. In the 1980ís, she was united in marriage to Roy Hagan and they were blessed with many years together.

Goldie is survived by three sons, Ray Jennings and wife, Sharon, of St. Louis, MO, Randall Jennings and wife, Kathy, of Lemay, MO, and Roger Jennings and wife, Linda, of St. Louis; by five daughters, Ruth Aden of Corning, AR, Rebecca Birchfield of Qulin, MO, Rita Boyer of Potosi, MO, and twins, Roselyn Birchfield and husband, George, of Qulin and Roselee Barnhart of St. Louis; by her daughter-in-law, Valda Jennings of Jerseyville, IL; by twenty-eight grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, several great-great-grandchildren, on great-great-great-grandchild, step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-grandchildren, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Goldie was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Elsie Benton; by her husband, Roy Hagen; by two sons, Ralph and Roy, Sr. Jennings; by three brothers, Elza Benton, known to all as Elzie, Charles Benton and Edward Benton, known to all as Eddie; by two sisters, Betty Jo Stringhomer and infant, Mary Magdalene Benton; by many grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Goldie was a Christian, believing in the Lord as her Savior. Goldie enjoyed attending both Baptist and Pentecostal churches throughout her life. As a young woman, she worked in the health care industry and professed to be a practical nurse. Her passion in life was raising her children and caring for her home and family. Not only did she raise her children, but she also raised many of her grandchildren. She was a great cook and enjoyed gardening and canning the produce she raised. Sewing was another of her pastimes, as was doing embroidery. She enjoyed going dancing and had a beautiful voice. Nothing made her happier than the time she spent with her family and many wonderful memories were created. A devoted and loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great, great-great and great-great-great-grandmother, step-grandmother, aunt, great and great-great-aunt, cousin and friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM on Sunday, May 31, 2015, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with Pastor Dennis Templeton officiating. Interment was in Crestview Memorial Park, St. Clair, MO. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.