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NORTHROP, Regina REGINA MCCONNELL NORTHROP Regina Northrop was a true original of legendary proportions. She was scary smart and not afraid to show it. She was tough, but also compassionate. Driven, but also really fun and funny. Competitive, but also empathetic. Restless and patient. Curious and prayerful. Add to that the most loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, teacher, and friend; and there you have the ultimate hero. At 17 Regina was in a tragic automobile accident. Even with a difficult recovery period she was never deterred. She enrolled at the University of Alabama and graduated in 1971. She received her Masters of Education from Georgia State in 1974. From then on she spent 38 years shaping the lives of her 3rd grade students in Dekalb County at Nancy Creek Elementary School. Regina met her future husband Robert Northrop at their apartment complex in 1973 while he was a graduate student. They married in December 1977 in a small service at Wieuca Road Baptist Church. They were buying their first house in Dunwoody and the VA wanted them to be married for the loan. Mom found the perfect house and told Dad if he did not buy this house she would not marry him said her daughters. They married and closed on their house in ten days. The joke was that they "had" to get married! Regina loved to walk on the beach and watch the sunsets from their place at Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina said her husband. We were planning to take trips all along the coast before she was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer last August. Regina McConnell Northrop died April 3rd from complications due to ovarian cancer. She is survived by her husband, Robert Northrop, daughters Melissa Northrop Gorman of Atlanta, Amanda Northrop of Atlanta, son-in-law Bryan Gorman; Two sisters Myrna Wooldridge of Mobile, Alabama, Nell Treseder of Charleston, S.C., a twin brother Richard McConnell of Roswell, Georgia, and many nephews and nieces. A memorial service will be held at Perimeter Church in Duluth on Tuesday, April 6 at 11 am with Randy Pope officiating. In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be given to the Ovarian Cancer Institute in the tribute to Regina McConnell Northrop Ovarian Cancer Institute: 960 Johnson Ferry Road Suite 130 Atlanta, Georgia, 30342 404-300-2990
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Apr. 5, 2010
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