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Obituary of Maggie Hester Gattis Price
The Beautiful Life Story of Maggie Hester Gattis Price
“To be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” 2 Corinthian’s 5:8. As God
flocked over the portal of heaven, He saw sister Maggie whom he had blessed throughout
her 103 years. Her mansion was complete so he summoned the Death Angel to ride out of the
Pearly Gates, past the comets to bring her home; He knew she had been waiting for a long time.
On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, with a beam in her eye, Maggie Hester Gattis Price smiled at the Death Angel
as she said, I’m ready; took his hand and they road away to Glory.
“Before I formed you in your mother’s womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” Jeremiah 1:5.
Maggie was the daughter of Ernest Ware and Emma Frances Dashiells of Head of Creek, Maryland. She was
the fourth child of 13 other brothers and sisters born June 8, 1915.
“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6. Maggie
was raised by her mother‘s parents who were former slaves, George and Josephine Dashiells of Newtown, Maryland
where she achieved the highest grade during that time, which was the seventh grade and she proudly displayed
her diploma. At the time of her death she was still able to recite a poem she learned in elementary school
called The Butcher Boy. She loved to talk about the first day of school, her teacher Mr. Ellis and the events that
happened on that day.
“Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favor of the Lord.” Proverbs 18:22. Maggie was
joined in Holy Matrimony to the late Oscar Clinton Price, son of the late Annie Blanche Conway Price and John
Wesley Price the great grandson of Rose Jones on June 24, 1933. They were married 48 years when Oscar departed
this life on December 10, 1981. From this union four children were born, one son who died as a baby, a
daughter, Gloria Wanda, two sons, Alan Roland and Alexander Clinton Price.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Matthew 5:16. Maggie became a dedicated member of Saint James Free Methodist Church, after she returned
from Newtown with her grandparents. Her early Christian training was at Grace United Methodist Church in Newtown;
which continued when she joined St. James. She was a member of the Usher Board, served as Secretary of the
Trustees, a Communion Stewart, served on the Homecoming, Camp Meeting and Kitchen Committees. Early in her
marriage when few people had cars, she joined others as they walked the Head of Creek dirt road to church service in the
morning and evenings. After the death of her sister-in-law Mary Price, she became the mother of Saint James. She was
a faithful member of St. James in all ways. She loved St. James so much, when she sold her home she used part of her
proceeds to purchase the white fence that surrounds the church.
It’s impossible to count the many hours she so graciously spent serving her Lord and working for the betterment of
St. James. She and her sister were right there to see the first things done during the construction and building of
our new Saint James. Just about every day they would watch the builders working; often saying, “we hope we live
long enough to worship in it.” And that they did. On her birthday, June 8, 2003 she was the first member escorted
in by her daughter to take her seat on the second row before the dedication service of the new edifice. She kept
that seat faithfully until her health failed.
“But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” Hebrew 13:16. Maggie
was a loving sister, the matriarch of the family. Many members of the family would ask her opinion on activities
and other things they planned. She had the first family reunion in June 1966; this year they celebrated their
Maggie worked as a domestic worker and retired from Purdue Farms. She was a great cook. Her family would
walk for miles to get her chicken pan pie. Hog killing was one of her favorite occasions. She would make lard that
was as white as snow. Her homemade sausage, scrapple and apple pies were second to none. Thanksgiving dinners
were not complete without homemade rolls and her impeccable rabbit and sweet potato pies.
Maggie was a lover of flowers and plants, both indoors and out. She is fondly remembered for her greenery especially
her African violet and cactus plants. Her outside décor of different colored rose bushes, her elephant ear
plants and azaleas are still flourishing. She loved to share her many, many varieties of plants with family, neighbors
“Let everything that has breath praise ye the Lord” Psalms 150:1. Maggie’s favorite songs were, It Is Well With
My Soul and Blessed Assurance; her favorite scriptures were Psalms 23 and 91.
“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,” Philippians 1:3. Her precious memories dwell deep within the
hearts of her children; her daughter, Reverend Gloria Taylor Lewis, son, Alexander and wife Elaine, grand children,
great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, great great great grandchildren, (a total of 76) a span of
six generations. Sisters Josephine, Bernice and Addie; brother-in-law, Earl Waters, sister-in-law Iantha Gattis,
daughter-in-law Florine Price, many nieces, nephews, special cousins, Church family and friends.
“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the
gates into the city.” Revelations 22:14 Her husband Oscar, son Allen, grandparents, parents, Ware and Emma,
sons-in-law, Donald Taylor, Sr., Randolph Lewis, brothers, Otto, Linwood, George and Rodney; sisters Pauline,
Elizabeth, Ruth and Naomi; grandchildren, Jerome Gaines, Keyone White and Rev. Clarinda “Penny”
White were waiting to welcome her home.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 11 am at St. James Free Methodist Church, Head of Creek Rd., Quantico, MD.
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