A long time Hugoton resident, Nina Gooch went to be with her Lord Jesus on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at the age of 79. Mrs. Gooch passed away at Pioneer Manor in Hugoton where she resided for only 2 ½ weeks, after battling for more than 3 years with lung infections and pneumonia.
Nina was born January 5, 1937 in Hutchinson, Kansas. Her parents were Oscar and Mayme Krisle. Nina was one of three children, a twin brother Norman and an older brother Kenneth.
The Krisle family relocated to Fowler, Kansas where Nina graduated from Fowler High School in 1955. She continued her education with two years at Fort Hays State University. She was an above average student in high school and was very active in school activities such as band, chorus, co-editor of yearbook, and Basketball Queen her Senior year. After her high school graduation, her family moved to northern Stevens County and were engaged in farming.
On May 7, 1960 she was married to James L. Gooch of Hugoton, Kansas. She was a blessed mother to four children, Kyle, Cary, Steven and Amy. Nina was deeply involved in her children’s youthful activities .. Little League, 4-H, dance classes, music lessons and high school sports and activities.
Early in their married life, Jim and Nina became very active in the worship and activities of First Christian Church to which they belonged. Nina enjoyed being involved in Sunday Bible class, Women’s Circles, Vacation Bible School, mid-week Bible study groups, Encouragement Ministries and bereavement dinners, to name a few.
Her talent in decorating and remodeling was put to good use in many areas of the church building. Nina and husband, Jim were also involved for a number of years as co-sponsors to the High School youth group ski trips. They also enjoyed the skiing as a family activity. Their home was always open to host visiting missionaries, music groups and special speakers associated with the church. Nina developed a special passion and discovered a calling for befriending and ministering to various widows in the community and cherished the friendship and bond she formed with them. Nina was also a member of the Pollyanna’s in Hugoton for several years.
Nina’s preferred roles were wife and homemaker. She was an accomplished cook and seamstress. Early in her married life, she sewed for her family and later in life, Nina did alterations for Janet’s Bridal and Boutique for a number of years as well as for individuals in the community. She also enjoyed a brief employment at the Tri-State Credit Union after her kids were grown.
Nina was preceded in death by her parents Oscar and Mayme Krisle, her twin brother, Norman Krisle and her sister-in-law Bonnie Krisle (Rowden).
Survivors include her husband, Jim of the home; her older brother, Kenneth of Lemmon, South Dakota; sons Kyle and wife Jamie of Hugoton; Cary and wife Linda of Hugoton, Steven of Wichita, Kansas; daughter Amy Mason of Hugoton; grandchildren, Holly and husband Josh of Hugoton, Jeremy and wife Crystal of Loveland, Colorado, Megan Rohrer and husband, Clayton of Buffalo, Oklahoma, Rebecca Hodgson and husband, Sage of Mooreland, Oklahoma, Quinn Mason of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Brian Gooch of Hugoton, Kale Mason of Albuquerque and Seth Mason of Hugoton; great grandchildren Toby, Clayton and Alivia Grubbs of Hugoton, Lily Anna and Jeremy Landis of Loveland, Jack Rohrer of Buffalo and Sage Hodgson of Mooreland; and numerous nieces and nephews, all whom she loved and adored.
Nina had made the decision to have her body donated to the Kansas University School of Medicine.
A memorial service honoring Nina will be held at the Hugoton First Christian Church Saturday, September 10th at 10:00 am. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorials be given to First
Christian Church or Pheasant Heaven Charities or your individual preference in care of Pauls-Robson Funeral Home.
Nina was an exceedingly loving, compassionate, friendly individual who had a way of making people feel at ease in her presence. She was loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed.