Gertie Maye Goldson

Nov 15, 1942 – Feb 28, 2019

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Gertie Maye Goldson; known mostly by all who new her, as just “Gertie”; was born on November 15th, 1942. Born to Cinderella, and Walter Patterson of Weleetka, Okla.; Gertie began life’s journey as a small town, country girl, surrounded by the love of a very large extended family...all of whom lived within a few miles of one another. This strong family unit was the foundation for Gertie’s strong faith, love of life, and sense of purpose.

Gertie attended Rosenwald  Dumbar (the segregated primary in her town); through the 8th grade. It was during this time that she joined, and was baptized into the body of Christ, at First Baptist South, in Weleetka, Okla. By the time she began the 9th grade; schools in the area were no longer segregated, and she attended Weleetka Public School. The eldest of two daughters from an active duty military Father; she moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado; where she would ultimately graduate high school. She continued her education at Monterey Peninsula Junior College, where she engaged in many athletic activities; most notably being inducted into the Monterey Peninsula Junior College Sports Hall of Fame for basketball.

Another family move; courtesy of the military took Gertie to Seaside, Ca., where she met, and wed Melvin Mason. She had one Son; Vincent Mason DuPree. After the dissolution of Gertie’s marriage to Melvin, she and her Son, Vincent moved to Seattle, Wa. There, she met, and had a short marriage to John Hayes. Still continuing to grow into the woman known to all as just “Gertie”; she tapped into all of her talents, creative skills, and life experiences, and became a powerfully active, and influential figure in the Central Area of Seattle...the “C.D”

Gertie started one of, if not the largest cheerleading squads in Seattle; sometimes with as many as 40 cheerleaders. She formed this group after her Son joined the pop warner football team at “C.A.Y.A” (Central Area Youth Association) and she noticed there were no cheerleaders. She developed a squad for all the different age groups of the program.

During her early 30’s Gertie was diagnosed with two devastating and incurable diseases. Multiple Sclerosis, and Diabetes. Despite those diseases she lead a very full, and active life.

In 1979 she met Rev. Edsel Goldson at a Valentines Day Dance hosted by Grace United Methodists Church. They married in 1981. This past March 14th, would have been their 38th wedding anniversary. Gertie had many opportunities to travel extensively. She visited the following countries: Germany, France, Singapore, Japan, Canada, and Mexico. She also visited the following island resorts: Jamaica, St. Thomas, St. Croix, Hawaii, the Bahamas, and most of the 50 United States.

Gertie is survived by Husband; Rev. Edsel Goldson, Son; Vincent DuPree, Grandson; Cason Jordan DuPree, Sister; Peggy Patterson, Niece; Kiila Patterson, Nephew; Osazi, and a host of loving family and friends.


Theressa Rice
Lawndale, CA
Mar 28, 2019

Regina Sportsman
Richmond, VA
Mar 23, 2019

Gertie came into my life when I was 9 years old. She took me in like a daughter that she never had. There are so many memories of us with Vince, Peggy, Kiila, Ninny over the years... as I grew older and needed a mother figure during my teenage years she was that mother figure....She came and picked me up to go to church ( well it was Vince ) . It was at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church that Gertie was there when I got baptized.... After high school and my stint with marriage and having two children upon returning to the US Gertie and I met up again.... she instantly began where we left off and fell in love with my two young sons ages 1-2 in the mid eighties,... when my third son Jabril was born she automatically made him her godson and she was wonderful to all of my children. There are countless stories that I can talk about ... but that would be like writing a book . My only regret is that I left Seattle almost a decade ago and therefore our communication dwindled. I will always have a special place in my heart for a woman who was a mother figure to me.... Love you always Gertie

Regina aka “ Long Jump Gina”

Audrey Washington
Puyallup, WA
Mar 23, 2019

It was an honor and blessing to have known such a great woman. It is evident that she loved and served her community and made an impact on many. She will truly be missed. My deepest condolences to Vince and the entire family. God Bless.

Leighton Russell
Renton, Wa
Mar 23, 2019

My sincere condolences to the family at this time of loss. I pray that God will give you strength and encourage your hearts. Vince I’m here for you my brother.

David G. Berry Smith
Tacoma , WA
Mar 20, 2019

Aunt Gertie, thank you for your influence upon my life & the other Berry children! Cousin Vincent we love & respect you and our prayers go with you and your family. Cousins, David, Mark, Scharyl & Brenda.

The family of Iris Burk
Seattle, WA
Mar 20, 2019

My deepest condolences to family and friends.

Marilyn Ballard Jackson
Clearview , Ok
Mar 19, 2019

Gertie was a inspiration to all. She was always so happy, helpful and full of life. She never complained and was always such a positive person. She will be truly missed. Love Ted and Marilyn Jackson and family.

Pamela Rhodes
Seattle, WA
Mar 18, 2019

Zion is calling Gertie to a higher place of praise. May she rest in the arms of the Lord.

Laurel Winston-Smith
Seattle, WA
Mar 18, 2019

Gertie and I were sister-friends for more than 40 years. She was a driving force, full of energy and as feisty as they come. I will miss her down to earth common sense, her quick wit, and her infectious laugh.

Nicole Jackson
Okmulgee, Ok
Mar 18, 2019

Yall are in my prayers.

Donnie Williamson
Wetumka, Ok
Mar 18, 2019

I thought the world of your mother and my life has been made better by knowing her family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sonja Hampton
Seattle, WA
Mar 18, 2019

I have so many wonderful memories of Gertie from our more than 45 year friendship. We had many fun times together and I cherish these memories. I love you girl and I miss you so much. Until we meet again, rest in peace.

Jean Moses
Oklahoma City, OK
Mar 18, 2019

She will be missed.

Alishia Zackery
Broken arrow, Okla
Mar 18, 2019

My prayer are with the family..Love you all..

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