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Roberta Godwin
Roberta Godwin

Ruby Roberta Godwin was born the daughter of Hubert Cathorall and Ruby (Landreth) Cathorall on January 22, 1940, in Carlinville, Illinois and departed this life October 19, 2014, in Salem, Arkansas at the age of 74 years.

She was united in marriage May 5, 1956, in Edwardsville, Illinois to Martin Edward Godwin, who preceded her in death on February 21, 2009.

She is survived by nine children, Brenda Smith and fiancé, Griffin Arnold, Brent Godwin and wife, Angela, Becky Quilhot and husband, Bill, Sherry Waller and husband, Paul, Stephen Godwin and wife, Sheila, Philip Godwin and wife, Annette, Karen Crowe and husband, James, Sarah Inabinett and husband, Bleu, and Paula Johnson and husband, Corey; thirty grandchildren, Christopher Sims and wife, Jacky, Bryan Sims, Kerry Sims and wife, Lyna, Zachary Sims and wife, Madison, Jordan Smith, Keeleigh Smith, Tiffany Presley, Corey Godwin and wife, Lauren, Ezekiel Quilhot, Isaac Quilhot, Daniel Quilhot, Meghan Stowell, Leah Newman and husband, Joshua, Blaine Waller, Gabriel Waller, Jessica Brooke Waller, Seth Godwin, Sagen Godwin, Terra Marie Godwin, Nathanael Godwin, Zoe Godwin, Cameron Clark, Alyson Everright, Cassidy Everright, Luke Inabinett, Alec Johnson, Morgan Johnson, Madelyn Crowe, Eli Crowe, and Eric Crowe; nine great grandchildren, Julia, Chandler, Gavin, Avery, Landen, Chase, Titus, Luke, and Jayden; two sisters, Helen Mann and husband, Morris, and Carolyn Golden; two brothers, Daniel Cathorall and wife, Kay, and Mike Cathorall and wife, Jody; one brother-in-law, Lloyd Duty; several nieces and nephews; other relatives, and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hubert and Ruby Cathorall; her husband, Martin Godwin: one son, Joseph Godwin; one grandson, Erik Sims; two great grandsons, William and Michael Stowell; one brother, Earl Cathorall; and one sister, Elsie Duty.

Roberta was a dedicated homemaker, and an excellent seamstress, making most of her children’s clothes. She was a wonderful cook, especially known by her family and friends for her delicious apricot pies.

Her favorite pastime was reading, but her greatest passion in life was her family. She dearly loved each and everyone and treasured time spent with all.

She was a Christian lady and a member of the Evening Light Message Church.

Roberta will be remembered by family and friends for her sweet gentle spirit and loving compassion. She was an inspiration to all by the life she lived with her unconditional love, strong Christian faith, and great determination, even in the midst of her trials of life.

She will be greatly missed beyond words, but never forgotten.

Funeral Services will be Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at 10:00 AM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel at Thayer.

The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Chapel Tuesday, October 21st from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Burial will be in the Thayer Cemetery at Thayer, Missouri with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.



  1. Debra Martin Sims
    October 20, 2014 @ 3:59 pm

    So sorry for your loss, Sister Godwin was a very sweet lady who loved God and her family. Just make sure you are ready to go home when it comes your time and you will see her again.


  2. Teresa White
    October 20, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

    So Sorry for your loss Sis Godwin was a fine Christian woman.
    I know she is having the time of her life reuniting with your dad Bro. Martin Godwin also very fine! Praying for your family.
    May God comfort each one of you like only he can!!
    Love you all!
    Teresa White


  3. Anna Crowe
    October 20, 2014 @ 8:10 pm

    Jimmy’s and my thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you bid farewell to Mrs. Roberta. May you find comfort and solace in the love of family.


  4. Donna Young
    October 21, 2014 @ 1:52 pm


    I wanted you to know that our prayers are with you and your family. I did not know your mother but knowing you, I know she must have been very proud of you. I wish I could be there to show my support but since I cannot, my thoughts and prayers will. May God wrap his arms of peace around you and comfort you! Sincerely, Donna.


  5. Tim and Denita Flynn
    October 21, 2014 @ 6:06 pm

    Our prayer are with you and your family! My GOD help you guys through this difficult time!!!


  6. Lark and Chris Williams
    October 22, 2014 @ 10:02 am

    We don’t know all the family but our prayers go to you all and we especially think of Paul and Sherry, Bill and Becky, and Philip and Annette, Sarah and Cameron. May the Great Comforter comfort you and help you all. We love you all. God bless you. Lark, Chris, and David


  7. Carolyn Golden
    October 22, 2014 @ 12:26 pm

    To the whole family, sorry for your loss. Wish I could have been there with everyone, but my thoughts are with you. We will miss her terribly. Sister, Carolyn


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