Gwendoline M. Goodson

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Gwendoline Molly Gwen Goodson, age 90, of Duxbury, passed away April 19, 2014. Gwen was born in Exeter, England, Oct. 29, 1923, the daughter of the late William Rice and Ivy Bennett, and grew up in Cambridge, England. Gwen met Major Jim Goodson, a USAAF fighter pilot in Debden, England, during World War II. Although Jim was shot down and became a POW, Gwen and Jim reunited after the war and were married in Paris, France, in 1951. As her husband was in international business after the war with Goodyear, Hoover and then ITT, Gwen made homes in Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland and England before settling in Duxbury to be with their son. They had been married 62 years. Gwen is survived by husband, Jim Goodson Sr. of Duxbury; son, James Goodson Jr. and daughter-in-law Paula of Marshfield; grandchildren, Victoria of New York, James and Ali, both of Marshfield; sister-in-law, Dorothy Rice; and cousins, Alex and Jamie Rice of Colchester, England. The funeral service will be held at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at 1:15 p.m. The Rev. Cynthia P. Hubbard of the Trinity Episcopal Church, Marshfield Hills, will preside. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Gwens memory may be made to the Trinity Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 388, Marshfield Hills, MA 02051. For online guest book, please visit our Web site,

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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Apr. 29, 2014