Ida Vernell Goings, 79, of Center, Texas passed away on April 19, 2018 in Center. She was born on April 20, 1938 in Center to P.A. Collum and Vertie Holt Collum. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Campti Methodist Church Cemetery with Bro. Billy Windham and Bro. Don Windham officiating.
A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Mangum Funeral Home.
Vernell was raised in Shelby County in the Campti Community. She graduated from Center High School in 1956 and afterward, began working for Southwestern Bell and later went to work for AT&T. For over 30 years, Vernell was a dedicated operator with the company before retiring in 1989.
Growing up in a small area, Vernell spent lots of time with family. A young man by the name of W.J. Goings happened to be her Grandpa’s neighbor. The two met riding horses one day and it sparked a love story that has lasted over 60 years. W.J. and Vernell were married in 1956 and built a beautiful life together until her passing. Vernell was a true woman of dignity and character. She was a faithful wife, an exceptional mom and a selfless, compassionate woman who dedicated her life to others. She was loving, generous and extended a hand of care to all who were in need. Vernell Loved spending time with her family. Moments spent in the kitchen cooking and baking were some of the fondest memories made with her children, grandchildren and friends. She was a member of Dallas Bible Baptist Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir. After her retirement, W.J. and Vernell moved back to Center and moved their church membership to New Harmony Missionary Baptist Church. They attended regularly there until their failing health prevented them from going.
Vernell is survived by her beloved husband, W.J. Goings; daughter, Glenda Lutz; brother, Jack Collum and wife, Frances and Billy Ray Collum and wife, Deanna; grandchildren, Connie Quintero and husband, Daniel, Jamie Boshart and wife, Chelsea, Kim Dotson and husband, Bud, Evan Lutz and Travis Lutz; and great-grandchildren, Drake, Benicio, Gabriella, Kaydence, Erin, Jaxon and Tuff.
She is preceded in death by her parents, P.A. and Vertie Collum; daughter, Sherry Boshart; and brother, Jerry Collum.
Pallbearers are Evan Lutz, Travis Lutz, Daniel Quintero, Bud Dotson, Jamie Boshart and Drake Lutz.
The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home in Center, Texas. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.mangumfh.net.