Mary Rose McFarland Angel, born June 16, 1916 to Raney Netter and Ada Mae Smith McFarland in the Griffith community of Bledsoe County, went home to be with her Savior on April 4, 2013. She was residing in Bryan Texas at the time.
Mary’s love for nature started on her 13th day of life when her mother carried her out to see her rose garden, looked into her daughter’s face and said, “You are as pretty as this rose, let’s just call you Mary Rose.”
Mary utilized her love and knowledge of nature during the Second World War by digging medicinal herbs and raising bees for honey. She gathered a little scrap iron too for the cause. Mary Rose retired at the age of 75 from Fall Creek Falls State Park where she worked at the resort Inn for many years.
Preceding her in death were her husband, William “Gib” Gilbert; parents; sons Roger Jackson and Raney Gilbert; grandson Gilbert W.; great-grandson Daniel Gregory Werring; daughter-in-law Zanda Mae; brothers James Milo, Danny Netter, and John Thomas “Johnny”; sisters Jenny Marie “Suzie” Colvard and Odra Lee Dodson.
Survivors include two daughters Dorris Jean (Bob) Fraizer of Bryan, Texas and Daryla Rose (Jimmy) Molloy of Murfreesboro; two sons Kellum Qunit (Pearlene) and Lake Thomas “Tom” (Alyson) Angel, both of Bledsoe County; 17 grandchildren Cynthia Dawn Frazier, Robert Charles Frazier Jr., Deidre Joan Frazier-Hunt, Bob David Frazier, Edith Rose Frazier Kellum, Tracy Jeannine Frazier Knapp, Bryan Keith and Phillip Bradley Frazier all of Texas; Mechelle Kay Angel Campbell, Kellum Qunit “Kelly” Angel, Shelia Denise and Debora Joan Angel Pompi, Ronda Dew Angel Denn, Jeffery Quin Angel, and Sonya Rene Angel Johnson all of Pikeville; Sharron Lynn Chapman of Chattanooga; Keith Wiley Angel of Blythville, Arkansas; Savannah Apples Molloy of Murfreesboro; Melissa Rose Angel Songer, Lacy McBay and Blake Raney and Mary Catherine Angel; 57 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-granchildren, including Lily Rose Zamora who made the ninth Rose namesake.
A celebration of her life was held April 8 in the funeral home chapel with Bro. Paul Cagle and her son-in-law Bob Frazier officiating along with family members and friends sharing honors. Burial was in the Blackburn Cemetery.
Online condolences can be made at www.reedfamilyfh.com.
Arrangements were entrusted to Putnam-Reed Funeral Home, Pikeville.