Marguerite Lucille Goodner is celebrating not just another birthday. On September 28, 1910 Goodner was born to William and Mattie Smithson in Nashville, Tennessee.
“This will be my mother’s 104th birthday celebration,” said Willa G. Morton.
Morton is a member of Mt. Zion Church, Old Hickory Blvd. The noon Sunday morning worship service will be dedicated to her mother, Marguerite Goodner for her 104 years of life.
Goodner was reared in Nashville where she attended public schools, including: Pearl Elementary and Pearl High School.
Marguerite had four siblings: William, Cornelius, Mildred and Marion, all now deceased.
She was married August 5, 1928, to Wahleita Goodner who was an active and productive member of Seay Hubbard United Methodist Church where he attended regularly until his death. They celebrated 67 years of marriage prior to his death. To this union three daughters were born: Willa, Clara and Juanita (deceased). From those children she has five grandchildren; eight great grand children; and two great-great grand children.
Marguerite was an active member of several organizations, including: ‘Girl Scout Leader’; president of Pearl High Parent Teacher Association; Secretary of PTA at Pearl Elementary School; and an Eastern Star 220.
In 1942, Goodner joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church where she became an active member for 72 years, serving in several capacities, including: chairperson of the Sunshine Club; member of the Bessie Thorbourn Missionary Circle; and recognizing Sunday mornings visitors (for 12 years). Most recently, Marguerite served on the Hospitality Committee assisting in the preparation of dinners for the elderly. She continues to work with the 50+ Ministry sending cards and flowers to sick members of the church and bereavement acknowledgments to church members who are experiencing sorrow in the passing of loved ones.
Marguerite loves working with her flowers and her tomato garden. Several years ago, she won the Clap Award for one of the prettiest yards in her neighborhood. A sign was displayed in her yard with a pretty hanging flower basket.
In her earlier years, sewing was one of her strengths, making all of her clothes as well as her children’s clothes.
Sewing created one of her favorite hobbies, which included making Cabbage Patch and Raggedy Ann dolls for all five female grandchildren and eight great grand children. She also made decorative macramé pieces, crocheted socks and other items for family and friends.
On her on 100th birthday, Marguerite was given a surprise birthday celebration by her oldest daughter, Willa. On that day, Marguerite was recognized nationally on The Today Show, WSMV, Channel 4, by Willard Scott on Sept 30, 2010, in addition to several local newspapers.
Marquerite Goodner is a retired health care worker in the pediatric department at a local hospital.
Marguerite has been very active during her lifetime and feels blessed with good health and privileged to live for 104 years.
Her secret for longevity is her belief in God and family, having healthy eating habits, exercising, and staying active in the community.
Goodner’s favorite songs, poem, and scripture include: ‘Yes God Is Real,’ ‘His Eye Is On The Sparrow,’ ‘What A Friend We Have In Jesus’; the poem, ‘I Rest’; and Revelations 21: 1-4.
Mt. Zion is located at 7594 Old Hickory Blvd., where the pastor is Bishop Joseph Warren Walker III.