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Vinice Floy Goben

April 16, 1923 — August 22, 2015

Vinice Floy (James) Goben, daughter of Effie Ruth (Grimes) and Walter Howard James, was born at home on April 16, 1923 in Pleasant Township, Lucas Co, Iowa. She was the second of nine children. Vinice died on August 22, 2015, at the Circle of Life Legacy Lodge Hospice in Chariton, Iowa, at the age of 92 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Vinice was raised in Russell graduating from Russell High School in 1941. Following high school she was employed at Garden of Italy Restaurant, Des Moines. She received her teaching certificate from Simpson College and taught school in Lucas and Warren Counties from 1942-45. Vinice and Edward Rolland Goben were acquainted while working at the NYA Shop in Chariton in 1941. They were married on July 7, 1943, in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, by Judge E. Tucker. Vinice followed Ed while he was stationed in U.S. Army to Washington, Louisiana and Texas. After the war, the couple lived in Waterloo for a short time before settling in Lucas where they raised three daughters: Sheryl Floy, Carol Sue, and Cindy Lou. An infant son was stillborn. In retirement, they lived in Branson, Missouri for twenty years. The couple returned to Lucas County in 2005, leaving behind many special friends, due to Vinice's health concerns. Vinice was active in her childrens' lives in the Lucas school, 4-H, and the Lucas Presbyterian Church. She and Ed enjoyed camping, volunteering for the John L. Lewis Museum in Lucas, participating in the Chariton Valley Archery Club, Chariton C.B. Club and traveling to trapping conventions throughout the Midwest. Vinice was preceded in death by her stillborn son; her parents; sisters, Cleva Barnes and Ida Lewis; and brother, Ralph James. Left behind are her husband, Ed Goben; daughters: Sheryl (Bruce) Taylor, Carol (Barry) Foust, and Cindy (Joe) Sellers; five grandchildren: Robin (David) Keeton, Amanda (Eddie) Rosado, Aaron (Jacci) Taylor, Alison (Bill) Evans, and Katie (Austin) Fiala; twelve great grandchildren; sisters, Bertha (Gary) Weber of Woodward and Rose (Kenneth) Sytsma of Knoxville; brothers: Arden James of Knoxville, Lyle (Wanda) James of Knoxville, and Lloyd James of Des Moines; sister-in-law, Carmen Goben of Woodburn; brother-in-law, Jack Lewis of Indianola; and very special nieces, nephews and old friends. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in the Goshen Cemetery near Derby where Vinice will be laid to rest beside her infant son. Loran Whitlatch, hospice volunteer, will lead the graveside service. Family will receive friends prior to the service from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Memorial funds received by family will be directed to the Goshen Cemetery signage fund, the Lucas Presbyterian Church and Circle of Life Hospice/Legacy Lodge in Chariton. Cemetery Details Goshen Cemetery Derby, IA 50151


AUG 26. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)

Pierschbacher Funeral Homes - Chariton

914 Roland Ave

Chariton, IA 50049

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AUG 26. 12:00 PM (CDT)

Goshen Cemetery

Derby, IA 50151

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