Virginia  Goode

Obituary of Virginia Goode

Virginia (Jen) Goode, 87, of Greenfield passed away peacefully after a 4-year battle with Alzheimer’s on October 5th 2018 at Heritage Health in Jacksonville. Jen was born in Greene County, Illinois in August of 1931, the daughter of the late Wilbur and Nellie (Greene) Cannedy.  She married Benjamin (Ben) Goode, Sr. on June 17, 1948, in Greenfield.  They raised 5 children on their farm near Wrights, IL and she is remembered as a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  Jen sold Avon from door to door for many years.  She ultimately became a cook at Greenfield Elementary School in 1969 and enjoyed her position there for 24 years.  She had many good friends at the school and was especially fond of the other ladies who made that kitchen special. Jen loved to watch and feed the birds in her yard.  She had a strong affinity for dogs and cats, especially her dogs, Rosebud and Maddie.   She was very creative and crafted for many years.


Jen is survived by Ben, her husband of 70 years.  She is also survived by her children, Brenda (John) Albrecht, Marilyn (Joe) Weisner, Benji (Bev) Goode, Sherry (Elliott) Turpin all of Greenfield, Illinois and Patty (Jim) Self of Oxford, Mississippi.  Jen was blessed with 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, all of whom survive.


She was preceded in death by her brother Harold (Sue, surviving) Cannedy and her sister Doris (Windell) Handling.


Those who knew Jen know she hated being fussed over and would rather give than receive. Per her wishes, cremation rights have been accorded and no public funeral service will be held.  Anyone who wishes to honor Jen may make a donation to Alzheimer’s research or PAWS at 400 W. Walnut Street in Jacksonville, IL 62650.  A private family gathering will be held at a later date. Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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