Dorothy Dixson "Dot"

6 February 2010

We have an update on the progress of "Lindy" O'Brien Mastin from her mother, Joyce O’Brien. Lindy broke her knee while attending the memorial service for her Aunt Josephine “Josie” Pierson O’Brien Rountree on 13 October 2009. Joyce reports that Lindy’s knee has healed and that she is trying to get back to normal activities. Keep on with that rehab, Lindy! This is great news!

Joyce shared another wonderful bit of family news, the birth of a new great-grandson, Zachary Lee Huddleston, born 29 January 2010 in Auburn, Lee County, AL to her granddaughter Neva Borders Huddleston and husband Brian. Congratulations! See the photos of Zachary Lee, too! Read More...
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9 October 2009


[NOTE: See
update at bottom of this post for a special message from Josephine’s daughter Tana Rountree and Josephine’s obituary.]

We are very sad to report that Josephine “Josie” Pierson O’Brien Rountree passed away this morning. This from her sister-in-law, Joyce O’Brien.

Josephine died about 12:30 P.M. today, October 9, 2009, at the nursing home in Ocean Springs, MS.  Please keep the family in your prayers.   They are planning to have a memorial service, and the plans will be on the website as soon as they are completed.

Josephine was the daughter of Joseph Nathaniel and Dorothy Dixson Johnson O'Brien (Uncle "Joe" and Aunt "Dot"). Wylie Pierson Johnson (Uncle Wylie) adds this remembrance of Josephine’s birth and family history:

Josephine Pierson O'Brien was the first baby born in Montgomery, Al in 1940, She was born 1 January 1940, New Years Day, shortly after midnight, while people were still singing Auld Lang Syne. The Montgomery Advertiser did a feature article on her arrival as the first child born in Montgomery in 1940.

 Josephine's mother, my sister Dot, told me she named her Pierson after me. I always accepted the fact that I shared that honor with my father's sister, my aunt Mary Larkin Johnson Brockway Pierson,  after whom I was named Pierson.


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UPDATE: The following sent from Tana this afternoon (10/9/09)...

I want to let everyone know my sweet little mama, Josephine O'Brien Rountree, passed away today. She showed her strength & courage til the very end. There are not enough words to say how very proud of her I am.

As of right now, we are planning a memorial service for her on Tuesday, Oct 13, 2009, at 4:00 pm with a visitation at 3:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Ocean Springs, MS. Scottie & I are going to the funeral home this afternoon to take care of the arrangements.

We are asking that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the American Cancer Society &/or the Humane Society of South Mississippi.

Thanks for all of the prayers, cards, & visits. I cannot tell you how much they meant to Mama.

Love,Tana, Scottie, & family


Following is Josephine’s obituary to appear in the Ocean Springs, MS newspaper, The Sun Herald, on 11 October 2009.

Josephine “Jo” Pierson O’Brien Rountree, age 69, of Ocean Springs, MS, died Friday, October 09, 2009 in Ocean Springs after a very courageous battle with cancer.

Josephine was the first baby born on January 1, 1940, in Montgomery, AL.Josephine retired from the Air Force Reserves in 2000 and she was very proud of her military life.

Josephine is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph N. and Dorothy J. O’Brien and by her brother, Seth Michael “Mickey” O’Brien.

Survivors include her daughter, Tana Rountree; her son, Scott Rountree; her five grandchildren, Ricky Rountree, Brandi Rountree, Jaden Rountree, Clifford Kostmayer, and Dustin Kostmayer; her sister-in-law, Joyce G. O’Brien; her sister, Neva L Brewer and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 from 3pm – 4pm with a memorial service immediately following, all at First Presbyterian Church of Ocean Springs in Ocean Springs, MS.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to the American Cancer Society and/or the Humane Society of South Mississippi.


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28 September 2009

Following is the latest update on the condition of Josephine “Josie” Rountree from Tana Rountree (her daughter). As you may recall, Josie was diagnosed in April, 2009 as having cancer. Tana has been kind enough to keep the family informed about her mother over the last months. See all of those posts here. Josie is the daughter of Joseph Nathaniel and Dorothy Dixson Johnson O'Brien (Uncle "Joe" and Aunt "Dot").

Not really sure where to start, but here it goes. Hospice has been called in to begin caring for Mama. It appears that during the last week, Mama has started to make a turn for the worse. The hospice nurse talked with Scottie & me & then spent some time with Mama. Afterwards Scottie visited with Mama & she told him that she's not afraid anymore, that the way she is living now is no way to live. She is finally at peace with things.

Please keep her in your prayers, especially now as we go into the final stages of the illness.

I'm sorry to say that this is the last update that I will be sending.

Please just keep her in your prayers!!

Love,
Tana, Scottie, & family


Tana, we certainly will keep your mother in our prayers. Family members can send their messages of caring and love to Josie’s home and the family will see that she gets the mail:

Josephine Rountree
2810 Belmont Dr.
Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Send email to Tana at:
tlr1462(at)yahoo(dot)com
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29 August 2009

Hi All!! I know it's been quite a while since I've sent an update & I do apologize, but there really haven't been too many changes.
Mama has decided to extend her stay at the Rehab Facility for another month. She broke her arm about a month ago so the physical therapist hasn't really been able to work with her too much.... Read More...
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8 August 2009

We are sad to report that on 7 August 2009, at 1:25 P.M., Bennie Doyle “Pete” Brewer passed away in Monroe, LA. You may have read in earlier Health Updates about Pete that he suffered from serious heart problems, pulmonary fibrosis and pneumonia.... UPDATE: The following information about Pete’s funeral service from Joyce O’Brien. Thank you, again, Joyce.

The visitation will be Sunday [9 August 2009] from 5:00 - 7:00 P.M. (4:00 family gathering) at Mulhearn Funeral Home on Highway 165 North in Monroe, LA.  The funeral will be Monday morning [10 August] at 10:00 A.M. at the funeral home. Share this with any other family members that you can.

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21 July 2009


Update on Pete Brewer -  July 21 2009

I had a message from Kathy today.  Pete has not improved.  He was moved from ICU to the skilled-care section on the 7th floor of the hospital.  He is still on a ventilator.  His blood sugar is very high, and he is on insulin now too.  His heart rate is very erratic, and he is on new medication for it.  Nothing seems to be any better in any way.  Continue to keep Pete and Neva in your prayers.

Joyce O’Brien

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16 July 2009


Update on Pete Brewer -  July 16, 2009

I just talked with Neva Leota; she said that Pete is still in ICU and has not really improved at all.  They are not keeping him totally paralyzed now, but he is still sedated and is not aware of his situation.  Neva is staying at the hospital during the day in case he wakes up and wants to talk with her.  She has not talked with him since July 5.  She just goes into the ICU at the regular visiting times.  Do continue to keep Pete and Neva in your prayers.

Joyce O’Brien

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11 July 2009


Update on Pete Brewer -  July 11, 2009
 

I just talked with Neva, and she was at the hospital and on the way to see Pete in ICU.  He is still being kept in the induced coma, and every time he starts waking up, they put him back under.  There has been some improvement, but the doctor has told Neva not to get any false hopes.  He was originally on five antibiotics; that has been reduced, and the amount of oxygen has been decreased some also.  He remains critically ill.  Continue to keep Pete and Neva on your prayer list.

Joyce O’Brien

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9 July 2009


Update on Josephine Rountree - July 9, 2009:

Lindy, Nancy, and I visited with Josie on Thursday.  She was having a good day, and we all talked and talked.  Though Josie is still totally dependent on her caregivers, she is maintaining such a wonderful attitude about her illness.  She is just taking it one day at a time and fighting as hard as she can.  She appreciates hearing from family so much.  The new Memories of Carol Villa book has brought her untold pleasure already, and she may wear it out completely.  Do continue to keep Josie in your prayers.

Joyce O’Brien

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9 July 2009

Here is an update on Pete Brewer left in message comments by his daughter Neva Katheryn (Kathy) Gilliland. Kathy entered this as a comment under the initial posting on 7 July regarding her father’s illness. We’re making this a separate entry so that all will notice Pete and Neva Brewer’s address.

They are keeping daddy in a chemically induced coma. They inserted a feeding tube today. The doctor said the next 48 hours are very crucial on whether daddy will recover or not. There is a lot of damage to his heart and lungs. Mother is doing what has to be done and holding up like the trooper she is. Michele is coming in tomorrow from Arkansas. Mother and Daddy's address is 1412 University Avenue, Monroe, LA 71203. Thank you all for your prayers.
Neva Katheryn


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1 July 2009

Good Morning All!!

Scottie spoke with the dr this morning. The dr said that the CAT scan shows that although Mama's cancer has not spread anymore, her tumors have grown some. ... Read More...
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Pete Brewer

Joyce O’Brien shares the following with us.

Pete Brewer, husband of Neva O'Brien Brewer, is seriously ill and in ICU in the hospital in Monroe, LA.  He has pneumonia and heart failure and is on a ventilator.  Pete was diagnosed a couple of months ago with pulmonary fibrosis, and he has serious heart problems.  Keep Pete, Neva, and their family in your prayers.

Joyce

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15 June 2009

Hey Everyone!!

Well, Mama has been at the Rehab Facility for 2 weeks now & has adjusted pretty well. The Physical Therapist has been getting her up on a daily basis & even let her roam the hallways on her own in a motorized wheelchair the other day. ... Read More...
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6 June 2009

Mama - 6wk update!!

Hi All! Hope everyone is having a good Saturday.

Mama has now been at the Rehab Facility 1 wk yesterday. She seems to be adjusting well to being there. She really likes the physical therapist & looks forward to sessions each day. .... Read More...
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27 May 2009

Hi All!!

As of right now, we will moving Mama to the rehab facility in Ocean Springs sometime on Fri. We are really excited about the move because she will be a lot closer to Scottie & I. It will also be a lot easier for the kids to go by & see her a lot more & the best part is we will be able to bring her dog to see her.... Read More...
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25 May 2009

Happy Memorial Day to everyone!!

They moved Mama to another room today because she will have a chemo treatment tomorrow. She had the 4th of 10 radiation treatments today....
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18 May 2009

Hi All! Hope everyone is well.

They started Mama back on the radiation today. If I understood correctly she will have 1 more treatment for the first round of 10 & then on Wed they will start another round of 10 treatments. ...
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17 May 2009

A quick update from Josie’s sister-in-law Joyce O’Brien....

We are very concerned about her [Josie], but she is handling her condition so well.  She continues to be upbeat and ... Read More...
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11 May 2009

Hi All!!

Mama's surgery went as the Dr expected. He as able to cut away most of the tumor & free up her spine.... Read More...
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9 May 2009

Hi All!!!!

They have called in a neuro surgeon because of the problems that the cancer is causing with Mama's legs. ... Read More...
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5 May 2009... more

Hi All!!

Just a quick note to let y'all know that Mama had her 5th of 10 radiations treatments today. Only 5 more to go!!... Read More...
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5 May 2009

...Mama is so upbeat & positive & tells everyone that she is gonna beat the cancer!! She had the 5th of 10 radiation treatments today. ... Read More...
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3 May 2009

Hey!! Just a quick note to say that Mama has had a quiet weekend. She will resume the radiation treatments tomorrow. .... Read More...
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30 April 2009

Hi All!! The doctor did decide to give Mama a dose of chemo today after all. They want to slow down the progression of her cancer. She also had her 2nd radiation treatment to shrink the tumors on her spine. ... Read More...
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29 April 2009

Hi All!! Mama had her first radiation treatment today. This was the first of ten treatments total. She did very well, but she was very tired so I left & Scottie stayed with her in hopes that she would get some rest..... Read More...
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28 April 2009... more

We just heard from the oncologist.  The cancer isn't the kind that is susceptible to chemo so they will transferring her to Singing River hospital shortly so that they can begin radiation on her first thing in the morning... Read More...
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28 April 2009

Good Morning!!

I wanted to let you know that we found out that Mama has cancer....  Read More...
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Josephine Rountree

Josephine Pierson O’Brien Rountree was diagnosed just before 28 April 2009 as having cancer. The news here is as reported by her daughter Tana, Wylie Pierson Johnson (Uncle Wylie), and others as received. Josephine "Josie" Pierson O'Brien Rountree is the daughter of Joseph Nathaniel and Dorothy Dixson Johnson O'Brien (Uncle "Joe" and Aunt "Dot").

Love and get well wishes can be sent to her home and the family will see that she gets the mail:
Josephine Rountree
2810 Belmont Dr.
Ocean Springs, MS 39564

You can send email to her daughter Tana Rountree at:
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