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Vanessa Ann (Goza) Penn

March 23, 1961 ~ April 14, 2020 (age 59)

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Vanessa Ann Goza was born on March 23, 1962 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She departed this life on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

Vanessa accepted Christ at an early age and became a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, where she was a member of the Usher Ministry.

Vanessa leaves to cherish her memories, her mother Mary Bell Smith Goza; brothers, John Goza Jr. and Michael Goza; sisters Annette (Rayfield) Penn, Maria Fisher, Angelina Varise, Jacqueline Varise and Melissa Wilkins all of Baton Rouge, LA; aunt Janice Smith of Baton Rouge, LA; uncles, John (Clara) B. Smith of Warner Robins, GA., Jerry Smith of Baton Rouge, LA and Leroy Smith of Gramercy LA, Walter (Flora) Shugart Jr. and James Shugart of Baton Rouge, LA and  Tommy Shugart Portland OR., godchildren, Keiunda Varise, Donna Varise and  Joshua Varise and Destini Hardin , and a host of nieces, nephews, family, god-sisters, god-brothers and friends. Father & Mother in law Otis & Cleo Rheams of Prairieville, LA, brother in-law, Lionel (Debra) Penn, and sister in-law, Reneea (Michael) Chatman both of Donaldsonville, LA.

Vanessa is preceded in death by her father John Goza, ex-husband Michael Penn, paternal grandparents Wilson & Albertha Smith, maternal grandparents E. L. Goza, Walter & Justine Shugart, uncles Nathaniel Smith, David Smith, Paul Johnson, Omen Shugart and Robert Goza; aunts, Carrie Smith, Mary Renchie, Carolyn Scott, Jeanette Cummings and Ruth Culbert and nieces, Natasha Penn and Latoya Varise ; cousins Doris, Michael, Mitchell, Steven, Tewanda and Chiquita Smith. Father in-law Ernest Penn.

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Graveside Service
April 21, 2020

11:00 AM
Hope Cemetery
Plank Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70811

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