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Dollie Laura Bennett Goodling

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A memorial service for Dollie Laura Bennett Goodling, 83, of Ruston, will be held Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 3pm at Grace United Methodist Church located at 3401 North Trenton Street, Ruston, LA.  A short visitation with the family will begin at 2pm in the Grace Fellowship Hall. Dollie was born August 1, 1927, in Winnsboro, Louisiana to Bessie and Murry Bennett and passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 after a brief illness. She enjoyed substitute teaching for many years for the Ouachita Parish School System and lived in Calhoun until she and her husband retired to Ruston. Dollie was a Christian and true Southern lady who was an amazing cook, an avid bowler and loved to travel, especially with her family.  She was an active volunteer and loved to serve others.  She was a local leader in the Ouachita Parish 4-H Junior Leadership Activity and was honored in 1967 by the Times-Picayune with the annual Good Provider Award in association with her 4-H work; she was part of the Home Demonstration Team that traveled North Louisiana educating women.  She was a member and officer of Littera for many years; a volunteer at the Methodist Children’s Home assisting in tutoring and birthday celebrations.  Dollie enjoyed 10+ years service as a Pink Lady at Lincoln General Hospital; played in numerous bridge clubs; began a Red Hat Ladies group and was a long-time member of Grace United Methodist Church. She is survived by:  three sons, Gary and wife Janice Love of Ruston, Bill and wife Louanne of Calhoun, Paul and wife Donna of Calhoun; six grandchildren, Allen and wife Jennifer of Houston, TX, Curtis of Calhoun, Brian and wife Meghan of Panama City Beach, FL, Casey of Calhoun, Alex and wife Jill of Pineville, LA, Laura Kyzar and husband Kory of Ruston, LA; and nine great grandchildren; sister, Muriel Bundrick of Palmdale, CA; sisters-in-law Mary Van Artsdalen of Leder Heights, PA; Gerry Royston, of Willow Street, PA, and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Dollie was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Allen Clifford Goodling. She donated her body after death to LSU School of Medicine for teaching and medical research purposes.  A special thanks goes to Dr. Mark Blackwelder and staff, her caregivers Amanda and Karen, and Agape Hospice for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to: Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home, Attn:  Janie Walker, P.O. Box 929, Ruston, LA 71273 and the Alzheimer’s Association, Louisiana Chapter, P.O. Box 96011, Washington DC  20090.  To leave a memorial message for the family, please visit www.owensmemorialfuneralhome.com.

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