Reba Marie Goddard 1940-2012 Reba Marie Goddard, 72, of Bakersfield, passed away surrounded by family and friends on December 25, 2012. Reba was born April 28, 1940 in Eufaula, Oklahoma to Loyd McWhorter and Florence Sullivan McWhorter. Reba was the youngest of six children. Reba is survived by her brother, Howard Dale McWhorter; her beloved great-niece, Haley Osborne; Haley's husband, Kelly Osborne; their daughter, Kylie Osborne; and special friend, Anita Bottoms; along with other family members. Reba is preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie "Jim" Goddard; her beloved daughters, Robin Goddard and Amber Goddard; her brothers, Alfred McWhorter and Andrew McWhorter; her sisters, Mary Ellen Williams and Gladys Lavonn Ware; her beloved nephew J. Michael Boone; her niece, Lori Gifford; her beloved "Momma", Florence McWhorter; and her father, Loyd McWhorter. In 1949, at age 9, Reba moved with her family to Bakersfield. On December 23, 1961, at age 21, she married Jim Goddard; the two were married for almost 49 years. In 1964, Reba gave birth to her daughter, Robin, who was born with a rare medical condition. Reba was a devoted mother and caregiver to her beloved Robin for the brief time she was here. On September 14, 1974, Reba gave birth to her daughter, Amber. Amber was born with the same medical condition as Robin. Amber was wheelchair bound for most of her life and due to her medical condition was unable to physically do most tasks. Whatever Amber could not do, Reba would do for her or find a way to help. For 36 years, Reba tended to Amber's every need. Reba was an amazing caregiver, sacrificing her own wants and needs for those she loved. Reba not only cared for Amber, but for her nephew Michael at the end of his life and her husband Jim, in his battle with cancer. Reba had a tough exterior but a loving, caring, kind and generous heart. Reba's house was a second home for many of us, and Reba, Jim and Amber became our family. Reba loved drinking diet Pepsi in a can, eating cookies and gambling. You could spend hours talking and laughing with Reba. This Christmas, Reba was given her heart's desire, to be with her family once again. Though we rejoice for her, she will be greatly missed. The family would like to specially thank family friend, Alex Leon, for these last two years. There will be no services. Reba didn't want them. She wanted everyone to save their money and go gambling instead. www.bakersfield.com/obits
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Jan. 4, 2013