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Friday January 13th, 2012
5:30pm - 7:30pm

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Saturday January 14th, 2012
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Rosemary Gatlin Reed

Mrs. Rosemary Gatlin Reed, of Vancleave, was born January 20, 1929. A revered wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, she made her transition from this life Friday, January 6, 2012 at Ocean Springs Hospital at the age of 82. She was preceded in death by her parents; Macy Gatlin in 1983 and Booker T. Gatlin at the age of 105 in 2009; her brother LC, who died at an early age; and an adopted sister, Claudia Williams in 1986. Mrs. Reed�s inspiration, memory, and faith walk will remain in the hearts of her husband of more than 57 years, Albert Reed Jr., of Vancleave; one daughter, Marie Mitchell Dunn of Snellville, GA; two sons, Anthony (Earline) Mitchell Sr. of Biloxi, and William Mitchell of Parchman, MS; one stepson Sydney Reed, Gulfport; one stepdaughter, Susie Reed of Ocean Springs; one adopted daughter, Dr. Gwendolyn Catchings of Indianola, MS; three grandsons, Jacques Mitchell and Anthony Mitchell Jr. of Europe, and Maury Dunn of Covington, GA; a step grandson Detrick Jenkins of Ocean Springs; three granddaughters, Elana (James) Winfrey of Snellville, GA, CWO3 (U.S. Army) Gerolyn Mitchell of Springfield, IL, and Anjanette Malone of Biloxi; two step granddaughters, Bronjelyn Newman who is employed overseas, and Danyel Hillian of Philadelphia, PA; a former son-in-law, Elmer Dunn of Conyers, GA. She will also be missed by her 16 great grandchildren, beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Mrs. Reed had been a resident of the Mississippi Gulf Coast since her late teens. Her early education was in Prentiss and Jackson, MS. When her family transferred to the Coast, she completed high school at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic School. After high school, she gained employment as one of the first African-American hairstylists in a Caucasian salon on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the House of Beauty on Porter Avenue in Biloxi. Eventually, she owned her own salon. She later followed her heart to work in medical care. She spent several years at the VA Hospital in Gulfport. In her mid-forties, Mrs. Reed answered the call of her lifetime dream of nursing. She became a licensed practical nurse which led to various duties in the medical field beginning at Singing River Hospital, Ocean Springs Hospital, and the office of Dr. Heitzman. She retired at the age of 62. Always one to keep busy, after retirement, she volunteered in the gift shop at Ocean Springs Hospital; where she served as President of the Auxiliary. Sister Reed was a lady who believed that a personal relationship with Christ is the �Only� path to a blessed life; a life of intention to her family, church, and community. Her unconditional service began at Main Street Baptist and then to First Missionary Baptist Church as an usher. Good Hope Baptist Church was her spiritual house. As �Sister Reed�, �Deaconess Reed� and �Ms Rosemary�, she fulfilled various roles; 50 years as Sunday school teacher, usher, choir member, speechwriter, speaker, Home Mission, and Eastern Star. She loved to write and deliver inspirational speeches for womens' programs. Mrs. Reed loved to be up to date on everything such as fashion, wearing the latest hat, traveling, and using the computer. If it was �out there� she either had it or knew something about it. Mrs. Reed was also a superb cook. The Senior Center in Ocean Springs was the agency where she learned to create many beautiful handmade ceramic pieces. It made her proud when something her hands had made was consumed or displayed by her family and community. A wake will be held Friday, January 13, 2012 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at Richmond-August Funeral Home located at 189 Main Street in Biloxi. The Celebration of Life service will be Saturday at 11:00 AM at First Missionary Baptist Church in Biloxi. Those unable to attend may view the service live at www.RichmondAugustFH.com. Interment and repast will be held at Good Hope Baptist Church and Cemetery. The family has entrusted the care of their loved one to the professional staff of RICHMOND-AUGUST FUNERAL HOME.

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You will truly be missed, Gerolyn

Gerolyn Mitchell Jan 14 2016 12:00 AM

A truly compasionate, health profesional who defines nursing as a calling. God bless you and your family.

Dr. Frank Martin Jan 14 2016 12:00 AM

I'm very sorry for your great loss at this time. God word said to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. One thing i can say i never seen her without a smile even durning the weakest moment. I will continue to pray for you .May God bless you.

Lora Payton Triplett Jan 14 2016 12:00 AM

We are praying for you and your family. Trust in the Lord with all your heart,lean not to thine own understanding. God will see you thought.I'm prauying for God to encamp hs arms around you and family.

Judia Payton-McLaurin Jan 14 2016 12:00 AM

This a truly a big loss Ms Rosemary was a very beautiful Lady inside and out she always had a big smile on her face each and everytime I can in contact with out and church in the Hospital when she was working at Ocean Springs Hospital she have been my nurse, she really will be missed. To the family I'm so sorry about your loss but we must all remember she really did let her light shine as a Christian woman I love you'll

Evearn Reddix-Broughton Jan 14 2016 12:00 AM

The Ocean Springs Hospital Auxiliary greatly appreciate the service Mrs. Reed gave to the hospital as an employee and a volunteer. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Dianne Gish Jan 14 2016 12:00 AM

TO THE REED FAMILY, I WAS SADDEN TO HEAR THE NEWS OF THE PASSING OF MS. ROSEMARY WHOM I HAVE KNOW ALL OF MY LIFE. SHE WILL BE TRULY MISSED BY EVERYONE WHO NEW HER. REMEMBER EARTH HAS NO SORROW THAT HEAVEN CANNOT HEAL. MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU IN HIS LOVING ARMS OF CARE.

REV. LEMUEL A. HOLLOWAY, SR. Jan 14 2016 12:00 AM

Mrs. Rosemary will truly be missed.She carried a beautiful smile all the time. I could always look forward to getting a kiss and hug from her. Daddy Albert, Marie, Mitch and family you have my deepest sympathy.You all are in my prayers. Debora Magee

Debora Magee Jan 14 2016 12:00 AM

Rosemary is in Heaven rejoicing. Mr. Reed is still with us, and we know his sadness and pain. Sending my prayers up for God to wrap his arms around him, as well as, the whole family, and give their broken hearts complete healing.

Sandy Butler Jan 14 2016 12:00 AM

Mrs. Rosemary will be missed by everyone that knew her. Your comfort will come from your memories and your strength from the Lord. My prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Pinkey Lewis Jan 14 2016 12:00 AM

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