Marguerite Godden, a Winters resident for over 51 years, passed away on November 12, 2007, at the age of 86, from congestive heart failure. Marguerite was born on October 30, 1921 in Hershey, Nebraska to Charles and Mary Josephine Sullivan and was one of four children. Upon graduation from Hershey High School in 1939, she moved to Los Angeles, California to work for Douglas Aircraft following the start of World War II. While in Los Angeles, she met Silas L. Godden, a Chief Petty Officer in the U. S. Navy, who was from North Platte, Nebraska. They were married in Hershey, Nebraska on October 30, 1944 and moved permanently to California in 1947.
In addition to raising a family of three boys, Marguerite worked seasonally at the Tufts Ranch and for many years for the Mariani Nut Company where she was a floor supervisor. Marguerite could be seen riding her bike around town into her early 80s and was an active member in the Pioneer Presbyterian Church. She was also an avid baseball and basketball fan.
Marguerite was preceded in death by her husband of 28 years Silas L. Godden, her mother and father, sisters Dorothy Dickerson, twin sister Marjory Lancaster both of Nebraska, half-sister Lavera Gerrard of Apple Valley, CA. She is survived by her sons Randall Godden of Capay Valley, Steven C. Godden and wife Deborah of Winters, Daniel Godden and wife Fern of Westlake Village, CA., grandson Steven M. Godden and wife Elizabeth and two great grandchildren Hunter and Mackenzie of Woodland. Following cremation, private services will be held at the Winters Cemetery on Saturday November 24, 2007 at 10:30 am. Friends wishing to sign a guestbook online may do so at www.wiscombefuneral.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made to the Shriners Childrens Hospital of Northern California or to Yolo County Hospice.