Frances Irene Gooden

Frances Irene Gooden

AGE: 92 • New Castle, DE

Frances Irene Gooden, age 92, went to be with the Lord at home surrounded by her family on Friday, November 15, 2013. She was born October 28, 1921, in Delbarton, West Virginia, daughter of the late Henry P. and Shirley (Austin) Evans. Mrs. Gooden had worked at the Delaware Rayon Company, Brandywine Raceway, Delaware Park, and retired from the Colonial School District.

Frances is survived by her children: Shirley Renn (Don), Wanda Thornton (Ken), and Harold Gooden, Jr. (Ellen); brothers: Hershel, Harvey, and Henry Evans; sisters: Bertha Welch, Alice Blankenship, and Margaret Evans; 10 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Harold (Chubby) B. Gooden, Sr.; brothers: Curtis, Floyd, Lawrence, Elsworth, and S.B. Evans; and sister, Marie Hinkle.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Lighthouse Baptist Church, 1842 Otts Chapel Road, Newark, DE 19702 followed by a service in celebration of Irene's life at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in the Glebe Cemetery, New Castle, DE. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to "Lighthouse Baptist Church Building Fund." For directions and to express an online condolence please visit

Strano & Feeley

Family Funeral Home


Funeral Home

Strano and Feeley Family Funeral Home
635 Churchmans Road Newark, DE 19702
(302) 731-5459

Published in The News Journal from Nov. 17 to Nov. 19, 2013