MARGARIE REED, lovingly known to her family as “Big M”, was born May 6, 1930 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was the seventh child born to Charles Albert Barnes and Willie Mae Barnes. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior at a very early age.
The Barnes Family later moved to San Francisco, CA, where Margarie completed her formal education. She had a zest for life and family, as well as, a strong love for children.
In 1972, Margarie moved to San Diego, CA. Shortly after, she began employment with the Gingerbread Nursery and later with St. Rita’s Daycare. In 1986, She established and successfully operated her own daycare center. Margarie retired after twenty years of service, devotion and love to the many children in her care.
Margarie united with True Light Church of God In Christ (now known as Zion Church of God In Christ) under the leadership of the late Elder Bedell Sanders and continued under Elder Joseph Baker. She enjoyed serving on the Pastor’s Aide ministry and wherever she was needed. She was a humble and faithful servant, who truly loved the Lord, and she knew He loved her too.
Margarie was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and the best friend one could ever have. Her greatest blessing was her five daughters and her grandchildren whom she adored. She loved them unconditionally and they dearly loved her. She was known for her backyard bar-b-ques, her homemade three-layer cakes and the white flocked Christmas tree. Margarie loved to dress and step out in her stylish hats. Her two favorite pastimes: the first was shopping and the second was MORE SHOPPING! She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by two daughters, Michelle and Rosalind; both of her parents and all of her siblings.
On Saturday, March 9, 2019, Margarie was called from earthly labor to eternal rest. She leaves to cherish her memory: her three daughters, Deborah (Alvin) Williamson of Moreno Valley, CA, LaDonna (DeWayne) Robertson; of San Diego, CA and Zina Reed-Carter of Glendale, CA; seven grandsons: Michael, Charles, Dominic, Alvin Jr., Deon, Darold Jr. and Dametrius; three granddaughter, Lauren, Perci and Mariah; thirteen great-granddaughters, Chelesa, Letticia, Adrianna, Teylor, Jennie, Sydney, Kh’Myelle, Mk’Kayla, Kali, Isabella, Brynn, Lena and Lei Lani; fourteen great-grandsons, Michael Jr., Jayson, Nick, Josh, Judah, Kye, Alex, Nathan, Isaiah, Ronin, Kenzo, Logan, Semaj, Dominic Jr., and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends who will mourn her passing, yet celebrate her life.
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