|Birth: ||Mar. 25, 1918|
|Death: ||Jun. 18, 2005|
Beloved daughter of John Pearl and Ina Mabel (nee Jones) Prevatt.
The words of her daughter, 💛Jonnie Sue Kelley💜, at Mammy's graveside service:
"Upon the living, breathing earth there was no other who loved from the center of her heart like you, my mother, our grandmother & great grandmother. To others, you were an incredible soul, second to none, for you brought out the best and no one knew how it was done. To me, you showed a love, that by life, I cannot measure. It was a gift for all time, a gift I will always treasure.
You had the unique position in the family, not just because you connected the generations but because your heart held enough love for all of us.
You will always have a special place in our hearts, Mammy, where favorite memories are tucked away and wishes for your eternal happiness are warm and filled with love because you meant so much and always will. Mammy's memories help us to see how far we've come, and her love lets us know that there is no end to how far we can go."
My lovely grandmother, Sue Laurene Prevatt, married William Ellis Gattis 30 Aug 1936 in Miami, Dade County, Florida. To this union, Jonnie Sue Gattis, was born.
Sue was known as "Mammy" to her grandchildren. As a young child, I remember her diligently typing away as a secretary for Alachua County Ambulance; she was undoubtedly the fastest typist the company ever had - and probably the most cherished among the young men around her for her delectible edibles (cobblers, cakes, etc.). She later worked as secretary to Alachua County Clerk of the Court before her first retirement in 1985. My grandfather died that year and Mammy went back to work as a security guard for the Gainesville regional airport. She made fast friends, among whom was a Mr. "Harm." Upon asking her for a date, she asked if he was harmful or harmless!!! Poor guy: he never saw her wit coming!
With a full schedule, she still had time and devoted herself to her flower garden in Arredonda Estates (in Gainesville, FL); in my eyes, she was a master gardener par excellence. Although she tried to teach me, everything that I've ever planted barely hangs on.
Mammy was my seamstress until I was nearly 20; I rarely needed a "store-bought" dress for church. I believe the proverbial last straw was a dress made of Georgette; she swore that she would never sew using that material again!
I can't count how many times she had us all over for Sunday lunch (a five-course meal) which would include the most succulent pot roast, fresh beans, raw onions (she loved them), fried okra, salad, bread, sun-made iced-tea, and always her "to-die-for" homemade lemon pound cake. The cake was so notorious in our family as it was "the cause" of my grandfather's sugar to elevate! His physician ordered her to cease from making the once-a-week dessert or else! We never got to see Mammy eat much as she was cleaning up after us before completing her meal. Not once did she complain about fatigue; her glory was in our enjoying what she worked hard to put in front of us. She was the most unselfish woman I have ever known.
Mammy enjoyed her great-grandchildren as well. Her great-grandson, Samir, was fortunate to have her birthday. We celebrated their birthday at Ayers Facility (in Trenton, Florida) many times. She especially loved humor, even that which was directed at her. She is greatly missed as an integral member of this family, but we are so lucky to have had her bless our lives.
John Pearl Prevatt (1888 - 1966)
Ina Mabel Jones Prevatt (1890 - 1979)
William Ellis Gattis (1913 - 1985)*
Jonnie Sue Gattis Kelley (1937 - 2015)*
John Pearl Prevatt (1915 - 1996)*
Sue Laurene Prevatt Gattis (1918 - 2005)
Roye Alleta Prevatt Neighbors (Burgess) (1923 - 2002)*
Gattis / S. Laurene "Prevatt" / 25 Mar 1918 / 18 Jun 2005 / William Ellis / 12 Sep 1913 / 30 Aug 1985
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Maintained by: Jennie
Originally Created by: Tombstoner
Record added: Jan 31, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 104451585