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Pattie Resseau

September 11, 1927 February 5, 2014
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Pattie Veal Resseau, a long time resident of Putnam County, died on February 5, 2014. She was born on September 11, 1927, in Devereux, Georgia, to George Warthen Veal and Julia Johnson Veal. She attended school in Sparta and moved to Milledgeville, Georgia, as a young woman. There she met, married and later divorced Morris Allen Johnson, now deceased. They had one daughter, Pattie Johnson, who lives in Decatur, Georgia.
She worked at J.P. Steven Woolen Mill in Milledgeville until she married Carlton Eugene Resseau, a dairyman, and moved to his farm in Putnam County. At that time, she became a full-time housewife. They were married for 29 years. In addition to taking care of the house and yards, she sewed, refinished furniture, and bought and sold antiques, as well as overseeing foodservices for several years at the Putnam County Jail, when her husband was the county sheriff.
She was always interested in the workmanship, beauty, and history of antiques and began collecting seriously in the 1960’s. Her tastes were eclectic, anything from primitive farmhouse pieces to fancy Victorian furniture. She didn’t limit her collecting to furniture; she also acquired pottery, spatterware, porcelain and cut glass. She was a pioneer in collecting local pieces and amassed an impressive workmanship and beauty of the old pieces, but also the stories they told. Nothing pleased her more than to know where a piece had been, who owned it and how it was used.
Her other great interest was growing things. Seeing things thrive and bloom brought her great delight. She grew the large magnolia in her front yard from a mere twig. She loved working in the yard and did all of the maintenance herself until she was 80 years old. She was also a talented crafter hooking rugs and doing needlepoint. She is survived by her daughter, several nieces and nephews, and many friends, all of whom morn her loss and will miss her. The visitation will be on Friday, February 7, 2014 from 6 to 8 PM. The funeral will take place on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Vining Ivy Hill Chapel at 11 AM with interment immediately after the service at Baldwin Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to the Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 550, Atlanta, Ga. 30346, Attention of Dave Houston VP of Development would be greatly appreciated.
Vining Ivy Hill Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
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