Rose Marie Geddis was born on December 24, 1958, to Verona Martin Geddis and Walter Geddis in Summerville, South Carolina. Growing up she attended the schools of Dorchester and Colleton County. Rose Marie was affectionately known as Marie, Ree and Rosie. Marie was a member of Hickory Hill Baptist Church and enjoyed singing in the choir and serving as an usher in her youth. Rose Marie was a young Mom to Eric when she married Thomas Hampleton, Jr. and had three additional children, LaShawn, Erica and Thomas Tyson. Later she married Jefrow Washington who faithfully, patiently and lovingly cared for her and helped her raise their family. Ree joked often that she gave Jeff “a time” but he wasn’t going anywhere because he loved her. Without doubt, we all believed that God graced Jeff for Ree. She was two hands full, but Jeff daily set an unforgettable example as he quietly, calmly and lovingly stood with her.
Ree was a wonderful homemaker. Even with a house full of children, her own house was always in good order. Everyone also knew that she had not just a green thumb but a green hand! She shared cuttings and plants to anyone that asked. Ree was well known throughout the years as an excellent cook that always kept a pot on the stove. There was never a family gathering when everyone was not trying to get to her dishes first; including her special cornbread dressing, potato salad, macaroni and cheese; only to name a few. So Ree knew just how to cook in bulk to prevent everyone’s complaining about not getting her wonderful specialties. Rose Marie had a special gift as a caretaker of the sick. She has shared her gift; as her daughter and two of her granddaughters are becoming nurses. Ree made sure that every need of the sick, was met. She even moved in with her father at the end of his life and took the best care of him. He bragged on her care, cooking and beautiful home to every visitor and family member. Because of her special care, people could go to work and know without a shadow of a doubt that their loved ones were in good hands. Family and friends were very important to her, and she made sure that she was there to do whatever she could when she could. There were many older or sick people in the community that she cooked for and cleaned their homes and wouldn’t accept anything for it. Ree liked to let people think that she was mean, but her good deeds showed the kindness of her heart.
Marie was a special and strong woman, who was one of a kind. Ree was a unique and fiery soul with an unforgettable nature that came along with all of the moods, fireworks, quirks, jokes, sass, temper and love to keep everyone wondering and waiting. At a moment’s notice, everything could change. Because of that, she kept everyone on their toes. If she ever stepped on toes, she would come around and eventually laugh it all away. Some of the funniest and happiest memories we will hold close will be full of Ree’s antics. When people took the time to look, a heart of gold,
loyalty and love was right there shining for all to see. When someone that you love becomes a memory, the memories become treasures.
Rose Marie Geddis Washington made her transition to God, while at the Colleton Medical Center, during the morning hours of Thursday, March 9, 2023, as she was being loved and supported by her family. Even in her illness and during her passing, she continued to teach and pass her gift of caregiving to her loving and devoted granddaughter Skyler, her daughter LaShawn and her son Tyson who were so very diligent in her care. God is Love. Love is for always. We love Rose Marie. Because someone that we love is in heaven, there is a little bit of heaven in us. Those in whose memories, she will always remain to be cherished include her loving husband, Jefrow Washington; devoted children; Eric Geddis, Lashawn (Dwayne-Dillian) Geddis, Erica Geddis, and Thomas Hampleton; Siblings, Barbara Thomas, Gwendolyn Jenkins, Eloise Deborah Smith, Gerard Geddis, Alice (Darrell) Nesbitt and Michael (Jackie) Geddis; Grandchildren, DeAngelo Bryant, Skvlar Geddis, Rayshawn Geddis, Aeriol Geddis, Dameion Brown, Antuanazia Kinloch, Antuana Kinloch, Ivory Geddis, Simone Manigault, Antuan Kinloch Jr. Sanali Jenkins; Trenton Manigault, Patricia Manigault; great grandchildren, JaiCeon Pinckney, Nayr Tedder, Amiliyana Manigault, Kai Ceon Geddis and Messiah Brown; sister-in-law, Laquine (Jermaine) Singleton; her special cousins - Elaine Brock Goodwine and Nancy Skeeta Daniels; well as a host of nieces, grandnieces, nephews, grandnephews, cousins and friends.
It would be impossible to forget someone who gave us so much to remember. As Ree was famous for saying whenever you left her presence; it seems only fitting since she has left our presence that she would like you to remember always: "I Love Y’all...Okay!"
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