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Ruby Frances Rhodes Goodin

Funeral service for Ruby Frances Rhodes Goodin will be 10:00 A.M. Monday, October 7, 2019 in the Becker-Rabon Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jack Terrell-Wilkes, pastor of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church officiating.

Burial will follow in Faxon Cemetery.

The family will greet friends from 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. Sunday at the funeral home.

Ruby Frances Rhodes Goodin, age 87, of Lawton, died Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, after a short illness.

Frances was born November 9, 1931, in Littleton, Colorado, to Forrest and Ruby Katherine Rupe Rhodes. Her father was working on an oil rig there, and she moved to Faxon, Oklahoma when she was a month old. She attended Faxon schools until she got married, and finished high school through the Comanche County Correspondent School. When she was nine her father was blown off an oil rig in Oklahoma City and hospitalized for a year. When he got out of the hospital, the family moved to a farm near Faxon, Oklahoma. She met her husband when his family moved back to the area and he attended a basketball game that she was playing in. She married Eugene (Gene) Goodin March 11, 1949, in Lawton, Oklahoma, and they moved to a dairy farm south of Lawton. She and her husband maintained a dairy and farm for 73 years. They were the first Oklahoma dairy farmers to have large refrigerated milk tanks, first selling the milk to a company in Wichita Falls, Texas, and then selling milk on the farm to individual customers.

For years she raised Iris and African Violets, belonging to the Lawton Iris Club and the Lawton African Violet Association. She belonged to many bowling leagues, bowling on doubles with her husband, and on women’s leagues. Frances always loved to explore family history, researching both sides of the family and sharing information with relatives across the country. Other relatives involved in genealogy would check with her for accuracy. Known as the family historian, she created a book for each of her children in order for them to continue the research. She attended Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church of Lawton, where she was married. Frances and Gene had four children, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

She is survived by two daughters; Beverly Sue Herrera and her husband Reynaldo Herrera, Jr.of Laredo, Texas; and Rebecca Eugenia Goodin of Bedford, Texas; son-in-law; Barry W. Blake of Bedford, Texas; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael Gene and Tammy Gail Goodin of Lawton, Oklahoma; six grandchildren: Jared Leon Blake and his wife Amber, Cade Quinten Blake and his wife Alyssa, Ashley Danyel Goodin and John Harcrow, Justin Michael Goodin and his wife Summer, Cristina Marie Herrera, and Jason Alexander Herrera; four great-grandchildren: Savanna Blake, Daniel Blake, Dylan Blake, and Katherine Marie Harcrow; two brothers: Donald Keith Rhodes of Cache, Oklahoma, and Richard Lynn Rhodes of Faxon, Oklahoma; one brother-in-law: Virgil Goodin of Lawton, Oklahoma, one honorary granddaughter: Kelly Nelson, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband: Gene Goodin; one daughter: Frances Louise Goodin-Blake; two brothers: Forrest “Bud” Rhodes Jr. and Glen Delbert Rhodes; and one sister: Gladys Marie Cassell.

Memorial contributions may be made to Faxon Cemetery, Faxon, Comanche County, Oklahoma.

An online guest book and sympathy cards are available at

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