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“As a child, I remember coming to your home. I always thought your mom was such a sweet lady. My dad and your dad were friends. I am so sorry for...Read More »
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“Tony &Kathy, thinking of you at this sad time but know she is happy , healthy, and enjoying being with ones who have gone before her and most of all...Read More »
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“Peace be with you and yours. You will find comfort in your family. Know she is in Heaven with her family of loved ones. ”
4 of 6 | Posted by: Shari Mitchell - Colorado Springs, CO

“So sorry for your loss. I have many memories of Aunt Mardella growing up as a kid! She was a beautiful woman!!! ”
5 of 6 | Posted by: Penny Allington - Glenn Heights, TX

“May You Rest In Peace You Beautiful Lady And Know You Were Loved By Many Fly With The Angels Now God Bless You ”
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Mardella Goodpaster, 85, of Lehigh, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at the Stratford Nursing and Rehab Center.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 12, 2015, at the Christian Church in Lehigh. Pastor Richard Laird will officiate. Burial will be at West Lawn Cemetery in Lehigh. Visitation will be Friday, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., at Carson – Stapp Funeral Home in Dayton. For online obituaries & condolences please visit:

Mardella Rose Pritchard was born on September 6, 1930, in Rockwell City, Iowa, the daughter of Orville and Flossie (Butrick) Pritchard. She grew up in the Rockwell City area before moving to Lehigh where she attended school.

Mardella was united in marriage to James Goodpaster on February 15, 1949. To this union six children were born: Doug, Kathy, Cindy, Tony, Pamela, and Sherry. The couple later divorced.

Survivors include her children, Doug Goodpaster of Vilas, Colorado, Kathy (Steve) Nichols of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Cindy (Rick) Hansen of La Plata, Missouri, and Tony (Kelly) Goodpaster of Lehigh, Iowa; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; two sisters, Wanda (Wayne) Moeller of Omaha, Nebraska, and Karen Brooks of Fort Dodge, Iowa; two brothers, Tom (Judy) Pritchard of Callender, Iowa, and Marian (Tin Tin) Pritchard of Upland, California; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, ex-husband, Jim Goodpaster, daughters, Pamela and Sherry Goodpaster, two grandchildren, four brothers, Gerald, Dave, Carmen, and Roy Pritchard, and one sister, Joan (Marsh) Brown.

Mardella will be greatly missed by her family who she loved dearly.

Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.