Sunday, March 31, 2013

Celebrating Women's History Month-Mini-profile: Grandmom's Obituary

Day 31 Blog Prompt suggested by Liza Also at The Accidental Genealogist:
 Pick one female ancestor and write a mini-profile. 

 For today, the last day of Celebrating Women's History Month, I thought I would share the Obituary I wrote for my Maternal Grandmother. 

Azile Juanita Daughrity Roberts Sullivan
© Cheri Hudson Passey

 Azile Daughrity Roberts Sullivan, 87, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great great-grandmother, and Aunt returned home to her Father in Heaven on Saturday June 13, 2009. She left this world peacefully due to natural causes with loved ones at her side.

Azile was born in Sumter, SC, on December 6, 1921 to Manning David Daughrity Jr. and Loretta McManus Daughrity. She was the youngest of five daughters. During her growing up years, Azile lived in Sumter, SC. She attended Girl's High School where she graduated in 1939. Azile married first the late Gilbert E. Roberts on October 6, 1940 in Lancaster, SC. They were the parents of two children, Brenda Roberts Hudson and the late Gilbert E. Roberts Jr. After she was widowed in 1944, she then married the late Francis "Frank" E. Sullivan on May 18, 1952. They made their home in Camden, SC for over 50 years.

Azile was a childhood member of First Baptist Church of Sumter and then a member of Northgate Baptist Church in Camden. For the past three years Azile had been a resident of Grand Strand Healthcare in Myrtle Beach, SC, where she was a joy to many and was given kind and loving care.

She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter Brenda Roberts Hudson and husband John of Myrtle Beach; daughter-in-law Debbie Massalon Roberts of Camden; granddaughter Cheryl Hudson Passey and husband Paul of Myrtle Beach; grandson John Allen Hudson and wife Karolyn of Albuquerque, NM; great-grandchildren, Andrew Passey and wife Sarah of Albuquerque, NM, John Phillip Passey and wife Stefani of Fuquay-Varina, NC, Shawna Passey Jennings and husband Joseph of Myrtle Beach, Stephanie Passey of Myrtle Beach, and Kevin, Scott, Ryan, Erynn, and Joshua Passey, all of Myrtle Beach. She was also the great-great-grandmother to Abigail, Sophie, Noah and Jacob Passey of New Mexico, Addison Passey of North Carolina, and Madelyn and Sarah Jennings of Myrtle Beach. She was also the aunt of several nieces and a nephew.

Preceding Azile in death were her parents David and Loretta Daughrity; husband Gilbert Roberts; husband Frank Sullivan; son Gil Roberts; and four sisters, Mildred Daughrity Jolly Finfrock, Frances Daughrity Hicks, Lorine Daughrity Robinson and Loretta Daughrity Dennis.

A memorial service will be held at Kornegay Funeral Home in Camden, SC, on Thursday June 18, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. A viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. Pallbearers will include Allen Hudson, Paul Passey. Kevin Passey, Scott Passey, Joseph Jennings and Lee Jolly with honorary pallbearers, John Hudson, Andrew Passey and Phillip Passey. Burial will be in Quaker Cemetery, Camden, SC.

© 2013  Cheri Hudson Passey


  1. What a thorough and thoughtful obituary! Respectful, loving, and full of information that will make future genealogists very happy! I think you have a very close and loving family.

    And I find it simply amazing that you were able to blog every day for a whole month. Congratulations!

    1. I was privileged to be able to write the obituary when my Grandmom died in 2009. I wanted to be able to share her life with others through it. Hopefully it will be some use to fellow genealogists in the future!
      I am amazed that I was able to blog everyday for a month too!!! It was hard, but I learned a lot.
      Thanks for all your support!