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Rosetta Mae McGehee June 9, 1922 – October 3, 2010

 Rosetta (Gigi) Mae Rush McGehee, 88, of Mount Ayr passed away on October 3, 2010 at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa. 

She was born June 9, 1922 at Mount Ayr, the daughter of Percy Rush and Mary L. Matthews Rush Thomas. Gigi graduated from Mount Ayr high school in 1940. She went on to college for the next two years and then taught country school. 

Gigi married Charles Wayne McGehee on January 25, 1944.  They were blessed with a son and daughter,  Charles ‘Chuck’ Wayne McGehee, Jr. and Mary Anne McGehee Lane. She was a devoted wife and mother and cherished her family more than anything.

She was a teacher at country schools, a cook at Mount Ayr Community schools and finally retired from Contel phone company. Her favorite job that she enjoyed most was taking care of her family. She was very active in the community and loved living in her hometown. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Progressive Couples Sunday School Class, Modern Mothers and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Gigi was always entertaining to her grandchildren. She loved to laugh and have fun even if it was one of her clumsy crazy incidents that caused the laughing. She welcomed all of her grandkids’ friends into her home and treated them like family. One of her greatest joys was watching her grandkids in their many activities in school as she was always there cheering them on. Her home was always bustling with happiness and she loved to entertain and cook for family and friends.

Gigi was preceded in death by her parents; son, Chuck McGehee, and son-in-law, Roger Lane.

Those left to cherish the memories they shared with Gigi are her husband, Wayne McGehee of Mount Ayr, Iowa; her daughter, Mary Anne Lane of West Des Moines, Iowa; grandchildren, Lance (fianc?? Christina) Lane of Emporia, Kansas, Christy (Todd) Hofsaess of Winterset, Iowa and Lisa (Todd) Carlson of New Virginia, Iowa; great-grandchildren, Brandon and Miranda Lane, Olivia and Cadi Carlson and Colton and Carly Hofsaess; ‘Sister’ Neva Fisher of Mount Ayr, Iowa; half brothers, Paul Rush of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Bill Rush of Evanston, Illinois and Mark Rush of Loves Park, Illinois. 

A memorial fund has been established to the First Christian Church. Arrangements were by Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr.

Services were held at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr Wednesday, October 6, 2010, with Rev. Chris Conklin officiating. Musicians were Ginny Eighmy, Dr. Collus Lawhead and Joan Rizer.

Casket bearers included Royce Dredge, Jeff Sickels, Craig Winemiller, Vic Lilienthal, David Hightshoe, Alan Taylor and Ben Knapp.

Gigi was laid at rest in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr.

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