Obituary of Mayme L. Gatewood
Mayme (Sissy) L. Gatewood, died October 23, 2018 in Orange City, Florida. She is survived by her daughter, Claudia Gatewood, and family in Kentucky and in Texas.
Born in Madisonville, Kentucky on June 12, 1923, Sissy Lovan married Richard Gatewood on January 1, 1943. They lived in Owensboro, Kentucky, until 2001 when they moved to Deland, Florida, to be near Claudia. Sissy and Richard were faithful members of the Third Baptist Church in Owensboro. They loyally followed the Kentucky Wesleyan basketball team, traveling with other friends and fans on the Panther Express bus for out of town games. Sissy always provided fresh baked goodies for the fun basketball journeys.
Sissy worked for S. W. Anderson’s department store as the accessories buyer, and traveled to New York City several times a year on buying trips. Sissy will be remembered for helping many Owensborans select handbags and jewelry. She was also the buyer for the lingerie department during her long tenure at Anderson’s. She loved her work and, after retiring at age 58, she returned to her buying position two years later. Sissy was known for her excellent pie baking and her terrific cornbread! She sewed and ironed beautifully and gave personal care to many friends. Sissy loved her friends and said, “friends have been important and they continued to keep in touch.” She felt fortunate for her many travels that took her to Hawaii, California, Chicago, London and Paris, and to so many beautiful states throughout the country.
Claudia thanks all the faithful friends and family who stayed in touch. And is grateful for the Majestic Oaks Continuing Care facility staff, nurses, aides, technicians, and administrators who provided extraordinary care during the last three years of her life. Sissy had a stroke June 6 and with all of her fighting spirit she rallied for her 95th birthday. Sissy shared her spunkiness and grit with the Majestic Oaks staff daily! The staff heard about her life, experiences and her daughter. She enjoyed getting her hair set and washed weekly. She loved being a sharp dresser and had retail in her heart and soul. Sissy was often described as “amazing” and she truly was throughout her 95 years of living and working hard, giving and sharing with her friends and family. She will be remembered as a feisty sweet lady who always put on her lipstick before she walked slowly with her walker to the stationary bike she rode as often as she could. A staff member reminded her how to crochet again and helped her to get started. In her last three years she made three afghan throws. Thank you to the outstanding staff of Majestic Oaks in John Knox Village for all you did to support, encourage, love and care for Mayme.