Monday, June 4, 2012

Clarice Faye "Godfrey" (Benge) Elrod 1921-2009

Clarice Faye (Godfrey) Elrod, 87 of Waynesville, Missouri passed away at 11:11 P.M. Friday, February 13, 2009 at the Life Care Center of Waynesville, Missouri from conditions associated with the advanced stages of Alzheimers.

Clarice, or Godfrey as she was called by her friends, was born on August 7, 1921 in Magazine, Arkansas to the late Joseph T. and Emma A. (Spain) Benge.

She was married to the late Bonnie B. Godfrey in 1945 and they had one son, James. In 1967 she married Gene T. Elrod and they were married 20 years, until his death in 1987.

Godfrey worked at one of the Service Clubs at Ft. Chaffee, Arkansas before moving to the Waynesville area in 1958. She worked at Fort Leonard Wood and other businesses in this area. She also owned two bars in the area – the Hideaway in Devils Elbow and the Country Club Lounge in St. Robert, where she worked until June 2006. She treated her customers like family-always giving advice and running a tight ship.

Godfrey leaves to cherish her memory one son: James E. Godfrey and his wife, Carol of Waynesville, MO; two grandson: James Godfrey and his wife Tracee of Longview, WA and Jason Godfrey of Springfield, MO; three great-grandchildren: Addyson Greek of Joplin, MO, Morgan Godfrey and Samantha McIntosh both of Longview, WA; two sisters-in-law: Christine Miller and Clesia Benge, both of Arkansas; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Godfrey was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; five brothers; one sister and an infant granddaughter, Jaime Michelle Godfrey.

She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered for her feisty personality, which kept all who knew her on their toes.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, February 17, 2009 in the Memorial Chapels of Waynesville/St. Robert with Rev. Danny Graves officiating. Soloist Becky Lercher sang "Sweet Hour of Prayer" and "Softly and Tenderly".

Burial will be held at a later date in the Waynesville Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Memorial Chapels and Crematory.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Clarice "Godfrey" Elrod to the Alzheimer's Research and may be left at Memorial Chapels of Waynesville/St. Robert.

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