Mrs. Pauline Loretta Rambert Beard departed this life on February 6, 2017 at Amicasa Assisted Living & Hospice Center, Decatur GA. She was the youngest daughter of Lula Lewis Rambert and Henry Rambert. Her beloved sister Irene Haynes, brothers Claude, George, and Jesse and her parents preceded her in death. She was 92 years old.
Born August 4, 1924 in Memphis Tennessee, her early school years were spent Memphis public schools. High school studies were completed at a local boarding school where she played basketball and excelled academically.
After graduating high school, she married a young marine named Ernest Edward Beard from Holly Springs MS. From this union, eight children were born; five in Memphis TN and three more after the family moved to Jacksonville NC in 1952. Her family became members of First Baptist Church on Court Street. There she sang in the choir, served as an usher and cheerfully welcomed visitors as a member of the hospitality ministry. She was also a member of Chit Chatters Social and Savings Club. It was in Jacksonville that her dream of working as a nurse was realized. Mother earned certification as a Licensed Practical Nurse and was employed over 10 years at Onslow Memorial Hospital and later went on to work in a local long term care facility while pursuing a RN degree. After moving to Atlanta in 1978 she continued her work in private duty nursing and companion care assignments until her retirement.
First Baptist on Gresham Rd. became her church home the year she moved to Atlanta. For 39 years, she has been faithful to her church with her presence, her gifts, her talents and service as an usher, a member of the Sun Shine Sisters, the Jubilee Ministry and Missionary Board. The congregation was well entertained with her readings and skits, at least thats what some folks say! Mother had a great sense of humor and always had a quick come-back.
Fiercely independent, Mother loved and enjoyed family, family beach vacations, gatherings and traveling! She thought modes of transportation were invented just for her! She loved to drive, be driven, fly, cruise and travel by bus and train. Trips to California, Puerto Rico, Germany, Alaska, Hawaii, Arizona, Florida, Chicago and the Caribbean broaden her horizons. Her trips and adventures were shared with whoever had the chutzpah to go with her! She even took a fifty-nine cent bus tour from Atlanta to Washington DC and New York in one weekend!
Four generations are left to celebrate her life: seven children, Joyce Henry(Leon), Paulette Baber, Elaine Tamplin(Wallace), Connie Sinclair, David Beard(Frances), Denise Beard, and Phillip Beard(Karoline); eleven grandchildren, Cheryl Beedles, Leon Henry, Jr., Sheila Henry(Lauren), David Beard(Tiffany), Jr., Tiffany Smith(Joel), Nicole Capers(Wendell), Reginald Grayson, Philip Baber, Raven Beard(Valencia), Tiffany Hill(Clarence) and Marcus Beard; eleven great grandchildren, Anthony Beedles(Cassandra), Ebony Resurrecíon(Anthony), Monique Beedles, Jasmine Henry, Jason and Sydney Smith, Triston and Trenton Sinclair, Sean and Jaden Capers, Destiny Hill and five great-great grandchildren Kingston and Brooklyn Beedles, Elijah and Ava Resurrecíon and Jaden Dyer. Her oldest son Ernest Edward Beard Jr. and grandsons Stewart James Sinclair and Christopher Beard also preceded her in death. Mother also leaves daughters-in-law Nellie McFadden of Decatur GA and Jean McBeth Beard of Brooklyn NY; her sister-in-law Edna Rambert and a lifelong friend of 60 years Agnes Burke, nieces, nephews and a host of friends in Jacksonville NC; a brother-in-law James Henry Beard, nieces and nephews in Holly Springs MS; nieces and nephews in Memphis TN, Arkansas and Florida, Marietta GA; as well as her many friends and church family throughout metro Atlanta. We will miss you Pauline Loretta Rambert Beard but You, however, will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age Genesis 15:15, and will always be remembered affectionately as Tom, Punchie, Mother, Granny, Granny-Gran, Aunt Pauline, Paul, Miss Pauline, Ms. B, and Mother Beard.
Now choose life so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life and he will give you many years in the land. Deuteronomy 30:19-20
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