Helen Ioma (Gooding) Bousum
Helen Ioma (Gooding) Bousum, age 93, loving wife and mother formerly of Chillicothe, passed away Sept. 29, 2020, at Tiffany Springs Long Term Care in Kansas City. She was born to parents Orville and Bonnie Gooding on Jan. 19, 1927, one of five children.
Helen was the 1944 Homecoming Queen of Hamilton High School. After graduation, she worked at factories in Hamilton, St. Joseph, and Kansas City, making parts to support the war effort.
Helen was very involved with her children in sports, church and scouting. She was a Merle Norman cosmetic consultant for many years and served as the Queen Mother of the Local Chapter of the Show-Me Chilli Red Hatters.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jack Bousum; brothers, Levon and Charles Edward Gooding; sisters, Iris Carpenter and Wanda Davis; and granddaughter, Katie Bousum.
She is survived by her sons, John Bousum and wife, Robyn of Parkville and Roger Bousum and wife Marcy (Skinner) of Garden Ridge, TX; daughter, Barbara Scott and husband Bob of Liberty; granddaughters, Mandy (Bousum) Jackson of Schertz, TX, Abby Scott of Kansas City, and Lauren (Scott) Kinney and husband Ryman of Lawrence, KS; and three great-grandchildren, Leigh, Becca, and Will Jackson of Schertz, TX.
Graveside services will be held at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Chillicothe on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 3:00 p.m. A scheduled visitation will be held at the Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe on Saturday, Oct. 3, one hour prior to the service at 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and may be left at or mailed to Lindley Funeral Home, P. O. Box 47, Chillicothe, MO 64601. Online condolences may be made at www.lindleyfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe.