Mary Goff

Mary Ailene Goff

Monday, August 1st, 1927 - Monday, October 5th, 2020
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Mary Ailene Goff was called to our Lord on Monday, October 5, 2020.

And thus spoke Michael and Gabriel to the Heavenly Hosts and All True Believers in Heaven, “Hearken, all ye Brothers and Sisters, for today Mary Ailene joins us.” And as they looked on, Our Savior Jesus Christ Our Lord embraced Mary and whispered, “Cast aside your pain, your suffering, your doubts. You are home with me at last.”

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:00 A.M. Friday, October 9, 2020 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Rev. James Whitman officiating. Burial will follow at North Shore Memory Gardens in Coloma. Friends may visit with the family from 10:00 until 11:00 A.M. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial donations in Mary’s name may be made to Caring Circle Hospice. Those wishing to sign Mary’s Memory Book online may do so at

Mary Ailene Goff was born Mary Ailene Anderson on August 1, 1927 in Senath, Missouri. Born and raised out on the farms, she grew up knowing the difference between corn and wheat, cotton and soy beans, hay and alfalfa. Her most important discovery was that Jesus Christ died for our sins on the cross. She embraced her Faith at an early age, and she lived her entire life as a devout Christian with an unshakable faith that provided her a bed rock foundation to sustain her through her challenges.

She married Bond C. Goff June 16, 1946 and had three children: Gary B. Goff, Sandra E. Goff (Cornell), and Cynthia L. Goff (Massey). The family moved from Missouri to Michigan in 1960. In 1963 her husband was killed in an industrial accident.

She was her family’s Steel Magnolia. With quiet dignity and a strength not often seen today she persevered, raising her family alone by working in a dry-cleaners and later as a hair dresser. She didn’t take a hand out, and she didn’t make excuses. She was a hybrid, born at the end of the Greatest Generation, and raised in the Silent Generation. She didn’t make any noise, and she didn’t complain. She pulled herself up by her own bootstraps. She didn’t have much money, but her Faith sustained her and her family. They shared the same house for over 50 years, and it became a focal point, a place to return to, the place called home.

Mary enjoyed her gardens, served what she planted to her family, and cooked with southern flair: fried green tomatoes, potato salad, fried chicken, cole slaw, biscuits, and her specialty, corn bread stuffing. She also enjoyed sewing and making her own clothes, and passed that passion on to her youngest daughter, Cynthia, who still draws on the skills her mother taught her in the sewing room. Mary liked watching Lawrence Welk, listening to Elvis Presley, and baking. She loved reading her Bible, and sharing her discoveries with her family.

Mary has been suffering with Alzheimer’s disease and has lived at the Willows for the last 4 years, where she received outstanding care, with many blessings to the staff who made her life more enjoyable, and our visits fun!

Mary is survived by her daughter Cindy Massey and son-in-law, Greg Massey; granddaughters Desiree Goff and husband Jeff Weller; Ashley Sousa; and Paige Massey; great grand-children Kovy Weller, Shelby Weller, Ashton Sousa, and Jocelyn Sousa; and many loving relatives down south.

Preceding her on her journey to Forever were her older brothers, Cloyd Anderson, Coy Anderson, Onie Anderson, and her younger sister Modest Anderson and younger brother Bill Anderson; husband Bond C. Goff; son Gary B. Goff and daughter Sandra E. (Goff) Cornell.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, October 9th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Friday, October 9th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, October 9th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, October 9th, 2020 11:00am
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Memorial donations in Mary's name may be made to Caring Circle Hospice. Out of respect for all in attendance, Masks & Social Distancing will be required.
  • Interment

    North Shore Memory Gardens
    5027 M-63 North
    Coloma, MI 49038
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Sheila Rodriguez

Posted at 03:59pm
So sorry to hear about the passing of such a sweet lady. She is rejoicing with Gary and Sandy and the rest of her loved ones.
Cindy you are in my prayers as I'm sure there is nothing like loosing a mother.
Sheila Rodriguez

Brian and Wendi Stevens

Posted at 05:00pm
Mary was a beautiful and sweet lady. She worked hard to support her family and provided a very loving home. It was our pleasure knowing her. Her smile was contagious. We are sorry to hear of your mom's passing. But, Heaven has gained a beautiful Angel. May you all have comfort and peace. Your family is in our thoughts.
With much love,
Brian and Wendi Stevens

Diana Anderson Petrick

Posted at 09:07pm
I remember her coming to visit my grandparents Coy and Bonnie Anderson. Ailene and my grandpa were siblings. I always thought she was so beautiful. I will never forget the sound of her laugh. I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Diana Anderson Petrick

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