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Goodall, Laney L.

Goodall, Laney L.

February 1, 1964 — February 13, 2021

Laney Lynn (Cooper) Goodall departed this life Saturday February 13, 2021 in the comfort of her home in Kansas City, Missouri surrounded by her family.

She was born February 1, 1964 to Billy Dean Cooper and Elnora Vialena (Creamer) Murray in Onawa, IA.

Laney was saved and baptized in Christ while living in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

Laney graduated from Greenfield High School in 1982 before attending the University of Central Missouri on a Track & Field Scholarship, and graduated from there with an Associate’s Degree.

Laney worked as an Office Management Specialist, and after 18 Years years of service, she medically retired from U.S. State Department in 2019.

In 2005, she was honored with the OMS of the Year Award, the highest honor that one can receive in her position. Throughout her career, Laney traveled to many different countries worldwide and served in some of the most dangerous locations. Everyone who had the pleasure of serving with her spoke of how beloved she was to have around, and how much they enjoyed her company. Many even going as far to say that Laney got them through some of the toughest years and postings throughout their own careers. She was always there to lend a helping hand, and keep the peace with everyone she came in contact with. There have been countless testaments received of Laney’s generosity and grace, and how requested her presence was which truly speaks to how many hearts she touched during her career.

Laney loved spending time with her grandchildren, and her family. She was always happy to be at home enjoying baking gingerbread cookies with them, and teaching them how to make all sorts of wonderful treats. Her baking is a stamp left imprinted in so many of the memories of those who loved her dearly to remember her by. She also enjoyed watching her favorite TV shows with her sister Vernada while relaxing at home. To those who knew her, knew how much she loved Criminal Minds, Law & Order SVU, and Call the Midwife which played in the background up until when she drew her last breath. When she wasn’t sick, she also loved going for long walks outside to stay active, and having great conversations with all the amazing friendships she gained in her different tours all over the world.

Survivors include her daughter Savannah M. Forte and husband Jerron of Kansas City, MO, her mother Elnora Murray of Greenfield, MO, 5 siblings-Roxanne Bennett of Verona, MO, Vernada Cooper of Liberty, MO, Bill & Mariam Cooper of Greenfield MO, Leigh Ann Fredricks of Lawrence, KS, and Randall Murray of Ottawa, KS, 3 Grandchildren -Jaxon, Jaymeson, and Jianna Forte, Aunts & Uncles- Jean & Don Adams of Greenfield, MO, Donna & Darrell Dodd of Dadeville, MO, & Frank & Gail Creamer of Fernwood, ID, Larry & Jo Hilburn of Greenfield, MO & Cecil & Linda Murray of Platte City, MO, nieces, nephews, cousins and other family and friends worldwide.

Preceding her in death were her father Bill D. Cooper(A. Sue) and stepfather O. Lee Murray, Grandparents Lloyd and Eunice Cooper, Jesse and Delphia Jump, and Harrison Creamer.

Laney’s favorite flower was a Sunflower, and like her favorite flower, her bright sun will forever be remembered and shine in the hearts of those who loved and cared for her so deeply.

Visitation will be 1-3 pm, followed by a service beginning at 3 pm on Saturday, February 27, 2021, at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 1600 North State Route 291, Liberty, MO.

Service Information

Visitation will be 1-3 pm, followed by a service beginning at 3 pm on Saturday, February 27, 2021, at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 1600 North State Route 291, Liberty, MO.

Goodall, Laney L.'s Guestbook

We worked together for a year, but I know that everyone of us in Iraq was a better person for having known you. Yours was a calming voice and reassuring presence in what was often a sea of chaos. We were blessed to have known you. We miss you, but at the same time relieved that you are in a better place , free of pain and watching down upon your family and your many friends.

John Young

Not the way I had planned seeing you again, but I'm glad your not suffering anymore. You have a beautiful family And a daughter very much to your liking. And those grandbabies, so cute..I'll never forget the good times, the laughs, the cries, the last summer before college, and the talks we shared...I've never forgot the song.. but most of all for the insight you gave me for my last 2 years of high school.. You were a kind and gentle soul.. I'll treasure our friendship and the memories forever.. Rest in peace sweet Laney... Andy.

James Anderson (Andy)

Laney your service yesterday was so beautiful. I so much wanted to stand up and say a few words, but I knew I would break down. I will always remember our trips to your medical appointments and our chats along the way. I will do as I promised you that I will continue to check on Savannah and if she needs something I will come. Look down on us and keep us all safe. Hugs

Karen Laughlin

Laney was a beautiful and gentle soul that I was lucky to count as a friend. I will always remember her smile and laugh. She was selfless, always making sure that everyone was doing ok during the many difficult moments in Iraq. My condolences to her family.

J. Williams

May God comfort and bless Laney's entire family. Her pain is gone. RIP sweet friend.

Trena Wright, Greenfield, MO

Laney lived two floors below us in Bolivia. She was a wonderful friend and a very giving person. Our condolences to her family on the loss of a great woman.

Bob and Maria Wert

Savannah you & your family will always be in my thoughts & prayers. I was totaly blessed to know Laney and I consider her one one my dearest friends. One day I hope to see her again. Know that your Mom will live on because she touched so many lives. I was I could be there to help honor her and the life she had. One day I hope to visit you (& Laney's final resting spot). God Bless

Liz Chase

Savannah and family, I am so sorry in the passing of your mother. She was a light in many a life. Karen has also lost a good friend. My condolences to all of you.

Kathy Laughlin Bussey

My deepest condolences on the loss of your beautiful Laney. A light has gone out on earth, but a beautiful bright shining star has arrived in heaven. God rest her soul.

Lizzie Slater

Sending our deepest sympathy and condolences to Laney’s family. The world has lost one of earth’s angels. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Antonette and Jeff Schroeder

Laney, I can close my eyes and see you as plain as day. I know we'll meet up again and I'll be so happy to see you. Dear friend you are one in a million.

Paolina Milasi

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