Ludi Mai Sensabaugh Goode, an active contributor to
the cultural and civic life of the Dallas community for over fifty years, went home to be
with her Lord on Monday, December 8 at her home in Dallas.
Born in San Diego, California, in 1913, she graduated valedictorian
from Central High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She moved to Dallas when her father, Dr. Leon
Sensabaugh, became the Minister of Education of Highland Park Methodist Church. She attended SMU, graduating in 1935 with a degree
in English and drama. At SMU, she was a
member of Alpha Theta Pi (equivalent to Phi Beta Kappa), Mortar Board, the Arden Club, and
the Delta Gamma sorority, which she has served in many capacities ever since. Her lifelong devotion to Delta Gamma was
recognized in 1967 when she received the areas first Cable Award for extraordinary
loyalty from the Delta Gamma sorority. In
1992 the Alpha Upsilon chapter dedicated a garden in her name on the SMU campus.
While in college she played the lead in most of the campus theatrical
productions, was featured singer with the Mustang Band and began her professional career
as a crooner, appearing regularly at Dallas Palace Theatre. From 1935 to 1938 she
performed on WFAAs Pepper Uppers radio show as Miss Sugah with
Sugah and Her Boyfriends. The show aired on Sunday nights across the south on
the NBC radio network.
After graduation, Mrs. Goode was a luminary on the local stage with
the Dallas Civic Theatre and the Dallas Little Theatre taking the leading roles in such
plays as Candida, Alcestis, The Magnificent Yankee, An Enemy of the People, The
Madwoman of Challot, and The Cocktail Party.
In 1937 she married the prominent Dallas surgeon Dr. John V. Goode
who pre-deceased her in 1989. After marriage
she turned her considerable talents to raising a family, but she remained active in local
theatre. She founded the Dallas
Childrens Theatre and directed its productions for 15 years, she served as board
member and secretary of Margo Jones Theatre and she continued giving play reviews and
benefit programs for local clubs and organizations for many years. She was a member of the Dallas Junior League, the
Dallas Symphony Orchestra League of Women, the Medical Center Womans Club, The
Dallas Womens Club, and she served on the board of the Dallas Museum of Art. In 1958 she was honored with a life membership in
the Texas PTA.
The theatre was in her blood, there was music in her soul, and
service in her heart. Throughout her long and illustrious career as actress, singer, wife
and mother she touched the lives of many people from radio listeners and theatre audiences
to cub scouts and the women of Delta Gamma sorority.
All who came within the orbit of her generous smile were enchanted by her
charm and grace and could call her friend.
She is survived by two sons and daughters in law: John and Doris
Goode of Lake Jackson, Texas, and Richard and Nancy Goode of Charlotte, North Carolina. She is also survived by five grandchildren
(Deborah Schueren and husband Robert, John Goode III and wife Pari, John H. Goode and wife
Michelle, Shannon Foster and husband Dax and Melissa Vega and husband Chris) and five
great grandchildren (Jade Foster, Bayley Foster, Matthew Schueren, Zachary Goode and Ethan
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alpha Upsilon
Endowed Scholarship Fund in care of the Delta Gamma Foundation of Dallas, P.O. Box 670185,
Dallas, TX 75367.
A memorial service celebrating Ludi Mais life with us will be
held at the Cox Chapel of Highland Park Methodist Church in Dallas on January 24, 2004 at