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Violet 'Pat' Goss

Funeral for Violet "Pat" Goss, 94, Lawton, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Becker-Rabon Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jeff Moore, Life Church, Mustang, officiating.

Burial with military honors will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Lawton.

Violet "Pat" Goss passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in Lawton.  

She was born April 19, 1923, in North Little Rock, Ark., to Lewis C. and Maimi Ethel (Mobbs) Pendleton. She was the third and youngest child. She attended schools in Little Rock and Lonoke County, before graduating from Midway High School in Cabot, Ark. She was Salutatorian of her class before her 17th birthday. She worked various jobs and attended business school before going to work at Ford, Bacon and Davis ordnance plant in 1942.  Here she helped to make detonators for the M57 artillery shell and bomb nose cones for the war effort. She enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Women's Reserves on May 1, 1943. She was the youngest woman in the state of Arkansas to enlist at the time. She was one of the first groups of WR's to go through "Boot Camp" at Camp LeJuene, N. C., beginning July, 1943. After several training courses and schools she was finally stationed at MCAS, Santa Barbara, Calif., known as the "Country Club of the Marine Corps." She worked in the machine shop, aircraft repair and lettered in softball and basketball, both sports ranked as "Semi-Pro." They played civilian and military teams all over California. She later transferred to base transportation and was given a "crash course" in preventative maintenance. She was one of only two WR's to have that MOS.

In July of 1945 she married her "Hometown Sweetheart," retired Sgt.1st Class Wallace Richard Goss Sr. in Little Rock, Ark. He had just returned home following three years of wartime service with the 5th Army in North Africa and Italy. She was honorably discharged on Sept. 27, 1945, from the Marine Corps. Her husband re-enlisted and became a career soldier for the next 20 years. They traveled and were stationed all over the U.S. and Europe. During this time she enrolled at Cameron State Agricultural College and graduated with her associate's degree in May, 1951. She served with the local PTA while her children were in school, was president of the local chapter of the Society of Military Widows for two years and served 25 years on the Fort Sill Retiree Council. 

Pat enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening and enjoying the company of those special to her. She was very active in the Heartland Chapter, the Women's Marine Association, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Boomer Detachment No.1288-Marine Corps League and the Oklahoma Women's Veteran Association.

Survivors include her three children: Dr. Larry Goss of Geronimo, W. Richard Goss and wife Wilma of Lawton, and Kim Wilson of Yukon; her sister, Evelyn Swanda of Carnegie; brother, Bill Pendleton of Tennessee; 10 grandchildren: Sean Erickson Goss of South Haven, Mich., Cameron Chad Goss and wife Chelsea of Tahlequah, Okla., Mariah Clark and husband Rustin of Billings, Okla., Mareah Schropshire and husband Douglas of Broken Arrow, Brandon Goss and wife Courtney of Edmond, Rachael and husband Dr. Phillip Adamson of Austin, Texas, James Spence and wife Sonya of Elgin, Kyle Justin Wilson of Mustang, Ashton Nicole White and Jeffrey of Mustang, Cody D.R. Wilson of Mustang, and 19 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a sister, Denise; and her infant brother, Louis Edward Pendleton. 

The family will greet friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2018, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Oklahoma Women Veterans Organization, P.O. Box 2342, Lawton 73502.   

An online guest book and sympathy cards are available at www.beckerfuneral.

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