Tiny twins were born on February 19, 1918 in the small community of Bado in Texas County, Missouri. The little boy survived for about an hour and the girl baby who was born second weighed less than two pounds and survived for 93 years. There was a very deep snow on that day and the home birth could not be registered until the next day. She was named Velma Veora Gene Caroline Goode by her parents, but only the name Veora was officially recorded. Her birth certificate still shows her birthday as February 20. Veora Goode was born to Joe and Bertha Ellis Goode but she always considered Bertha and Clarence Denney as her parents.
Veora, who lived with her paternal grandmother and several different foster parents until about the age of 10, grew up in the Bado and Cabool, Missouri, areas and attended the country schools of Split Limb and ‘Possum Trot, among others. She was as well educated as any high school graduate but only was able to attend classes through her eighth grade graduation. She lived many miles from the high school and there were no school buses. She never quit learning and made her education a top priority. When she became a mother she made sure that her children were well educated. They all attended Mtn. Grove High School.
Veora became an employee of the newly opened Brown Shoe Company in Mtn. Grove at the end of World War II and worked there many years until she and her family moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1954. She continued working in the shoe industry until she and her husband Lee moved to Ceres, California, where she worked for Armour Foods until her retirement.
Because of Lee’s failing health, they moved to Cassville, Missouri, in 1984 to be near her son, Bob. Lee passed away in 1991.
Veora married James Kiser at the young age of 16 and became widowed at the age of 17, two weeks before their son, Jimey Lorence Kiser, was born. She married Frank Jarrett and three children were born to this union, Frankie Jean “Jeannie,” Robert Dean and Patricia Lea. She later married Lee Ethmer Massey who helped her raise her children. They were married 40 years until his death in 1991. She married John McClure and enjoyed seven happy years with him. All her husbands preceded her in death. Her marriage to John brought her four stepchildren and more grandchildren.
She was a member of the Cornerstone Free Will Baptist Church in Mtn. Grove and a former member of Merl’s Chapel in Cassville. She enjoyed attending church and visiting with her friends until her failing health prevented her from attending services. She lived independently in Mtn. Grove until March 2011, when she became very ill and decided it was time to accept Jeannie and Dean’s long standing invitation to make her home with them. She was always cheerful and full of laughter. Her family loved her dearly.
Veora was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed crocheting. She made many beautiful things for her family and friends.
Besides her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by her brother, George Goode; her twin brother, Cleora; two sons, Jim and Robert; two granddaughters, Cheryl Postlewaite Todd and Vivian Sheffer; and a stepgrandson, Jared McClure.
Survivors are her daughters, Jeannie Postlewaite and husband Dean of Mtn. Grove and Patricia Sheffer of Independence, Missouri; grandsons Charles Sheffer and wife Mary of Independence and Jimmy and wife Melissa of Blue Eye, Missouri; granddaughters Carolyn Welch and husband Eddie and Deanice Jones and husband Danny, all of Mtn. Grove, Jeannie Marie Looper and husband Don of Pontiac, Missouri, and Debbie Jarrett Kasparoff, state of California.
Dr. Tom Todd and wife Tracey and her only nephew, Denney Goode, are special people and were held dearly in her heart and by her family. Her stepchildren are Dick McClure and wife Paula, Betty Christensen and husband Jim, Dorothy VanderPool and husband Mac, and Shirley Davis and husband Virgil. She also leaves 15 great-grandchildren, 18 great-great-grandchildren, and another expected later this year. She had numerous step-grand- and great-grandchildren.
She was a generous, loving Christian and cherished time with her families. An old saying was never more true, “Our loss is heaven’s gain.”
On Tuesday, May 31, 2011, services were held in Craig-Hurtt Chapel in Mtn. Grove. Officiating were Jimmy Kiser and Ronnie Turner. Pallbearers were Ryan Allen, Kyle Todd, Jared Emery, C. J. Jones, Nathan Looper, and Jeremy Looper. Honorary pallbearers were Eddie Ray Welch, Alan Welch, Jayme Kiser, Ben Kiser and Denney Goode.
Music selections were “The Lighthouse,” “The Good Old Gospel Ship” and “SupperTime,” sung by Ronnie and Wilma Turner. A recorded selection of “Go Rest High on That Mountain,” which Veora enjoyed and listened to often, was sung by Jeannie Marie, Cheryl and Deanice Postlewaite. This recording was made in 1998 at her son Bob’s memorial service.
Burial was in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home.