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April 13, 2021


Doris Isabel Yates Magee

August 25, 1923 - April 12, 2021

Doris Isabel Yates Magee, affectionately known as "Granny Doris" passed away on April 12th, 2021at the age of 97. She was born in Washington Parish on August 25, 1923.Not surprisingly, she outlived all of her five siblings as she was one tough lady. After graduating from Franklinton High School, seeking adventure with a sense of patriotism, she traveled by train from New Orleans to New York for her boot camp training for WAVES. (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) Once there she was on active duty for over a year before WWII ended.

After the Navy she returned home and married her love Jack Magee in 1948. While raising their four children, she helped her husband start Evergreen Nursery on Hwy 25 in Folsom. During these years she was active in the PTA, Folsom Garden Club and the Folsom Camellia Show.

Because of her and Jack's love of plants, all of her children and some grandchildren are currently in the nursery business. Doris had a lifelong passion for gardening and entertaining. She was a lover of anything beautiful, be it a gorgeous flowerbed, which she had many, to a special floral arrangement or decor. Kat Kaw Cottage was her home that she lovingly filled with collections of roosters, chickens, vintage antiques and lots of family photos. Among her lovely table arrangements and manicured lawn, many memorable family dinners were shared there.

Doris was a devout Christian and her lover for the Lord was ever present as she was able to witness and share the gospel of salvation with others. She was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Folsom. She taught the adult young women's Sunday School class, helped with Vacation Bible School, and served on many church committees, including the building committee. Granny shared her love of life and faith with those around her. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her daughters; Anne Magee Jackson and Vicki Magee Moore (Louis), all of Franklinton. Her sons; J. Mitchell Magee (Beth) and Scott Gardner Magee (Lisa), all of Poplarville, MS. Her grandchildren; Katie Jackson Lee, Jacob Magee (Jennifer), Lauren Magee Noel (Lance), John Magee, Ashley Moore Nelson (Roy), Derek Moore (Dana), Jackie Magee Smith (George), Travis Magee (Whitney), Caleb Magee (Kaitlyn); Her great grandchildren: Evan, Abbey and Ian Magee, Hunter, Hudson and Jack Noel, Remy and Luka Nelson, Bailey, Blake and Allie Moore, Kate and Caroline Smith, Briggs and Lainey Magee and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Fred Whithurst Yates and Camille Gardner Yates; her husband, Jack Morgan Magee; her grandson, Brad Jackson. Also by her sisters; Margie Yates Jenkins, Lyda Yates Woods, and Dixie Yates Gallaspy; and her brothers, Frederick Yates and John Yates and other family members.

Visitation will beheld at First Baptist Church of Folsom (13320 Broadway St, Folsom, LA 70437) from 9:00am-11:00am with Service to follow. Pastor Will Robbins will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Crain Funeral Home in Franklinton is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to First Baptist Church of Folsom at the address above.

Pallbearers: Jacob Magee, Travis Magee, Caleb Magee, Derek Moore, Roy Nelson, Bubba Welch

Honorary Pallbearer is John M. Magee

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