Dezree "Dee" Livingston
June 17, 1932 – October 12, 2020
Dezree “Dee” Livingston woke up Monday morning, October 12, 2020 in Jesus’ arms.
Dee grew up in the depression, one of six children in a single parent home on a poor farm in rural Mississippi. She was born on her father’s birthday. Her brother died in WWII on her birthday. She gave birth to a son on her birthday. A granddaughter was born on her birthday, and our father died on her birthday. She was a dedicated daughter and sister, mother, wife, daughter-in-law and mother-in-law, and sometimes single parent. She was kind and supportive, and stubborn and strong. She was simple and wise and gullible. She was usually forgiving, and always loving.
She raised 4 boys. We never questioned her love for us. She taught us to clean, made us do our homework, forced us to go to church, and let us wander through fields and woods to fish and have adventures. She cooked a hot breakfast 6 mornings a week (but we never knew her to bake a biscuit).
She suffered with Alzheimer’s for almost a decade. We have said goodbye to her in pieces as her grip on reality slipped away. Yet, she was mostly content. Even in the last few months, she would repeat over and over, “I love you, I love you, I love you” and “You are so good to me, you are so good to me, you are so good to me”, even when she did not know who we were or what was going on. She was humble and grateful and loving.
As she finished her long and often difficult race, our mom stood before her Master, and received praise from Him. God praising our mom. God, who is worthy of all blessing and praise, is praising our mom. That is the kind of King we gladly serve, ] the kind of Kingdom we all seek. Mom found it fully this week.
Visitation is Thursday, October 15 from 5-7pm at Family Funeral Care, Memphis. Graveside services will be Friday, October 16 at 10am at Memorial Gardens, N. Germantown Rd, Memphis, TN.
Memorial gifts are requested to be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA.org).
Gathering of Friends and Family
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Friday, October 16, 2020
Dezree "Dee" Livingston
October 15, 2020
Dee was the sister I never had. Years cannot erase the memories of her sweetness, strength and joy she created - even in the living with Alzheimer's. Heaven is a brighter place with her presence.
Dee's sons are men of God's character because of the home she and Bill provided. The care giving Chris gave her is beyond measure these last years with the support & love of Steve.