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Jean Holcombe Outzs


It is with deepest regret and sorrow that we, the family of Jean Holcombe Ouzts "Me-Me", announce her death on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Rainey Hospice House.

Surrounded by her loving family and in the presence of her Lord and Savior, she closed her eyes to the complications of dialysis and all illness and awoke to the Kingdom of Heaven. Her life on Earth has ended but now, the celebration truly begins.

Jean, formerly of 116 Wigington Road, Piedmont was born in Pickens, SC in November of 1929, the daughter of the late Richard and Eva Holcombe.

Jean was the widow of the late Lloyd H. Ouzts, Jr. She was twice married, first to the late J.D. Roberts. From that union, Jean is survived by her beloved daughter, Nancy Roberts Greene and her husband, Johnny; four grandsons, Ricky and Ronnie Watson, Michael and Travis Greene; great-grandchildren, Nathan, Sarah, Seth, Sophie, Ryan and Caroline Watson, and Katie Greene.

In 1966, Jean married Lloyd H. Outzs and not only did she promise to love, honor, and cherish our Dad, she loved, cherished, and helped to raise the children of Lloyd and the late Frances Wigington Ouzts. Those children of her heart are loving daughter, Brenda Ouzts Mull and devoted son, Ray H. Ouzts and his wife, Lisa.

Beloved daughter, Pamela Ouzts Sutherland was born to Jean and Lloyd in 1967 and "Mama Jean" loved and cherished all of her children equally. Pam and husband, Charles became Mama's caregivers as her health declined. Our sister, Pam, has her family's utmost admiration and gratitude for the care of our mother.

Jean is also survived by her dear siblings, Johnny Holcombe and wife, Bea; sister, Joan Gilstrap and husband, Marshall; many loving nieces and nephews. She was the beloved "Me-Me" of grandchildren, Kristy Mull Stone and her husband, Jimmy; Andrea Ouzts Hamby and husband, Jason; great-grandmother of Jim and Katrien Stone, Thomas, Landon, and Weston Johnson.

She was predeceased by brothers, Jack and J.T. Holcombe; sister, Frankie Brooks; son-in-law, Donald Mull; sister-in-law, Mary Dill Ebey.

Our mother was a woman of simple tastes and loved her collection of dolls, angels, and family photos. She was a member of Mountain Springs Baptist Church, a charter member of the Piedmont Goodwill Club, a past member of the Wren Homemaker's Club, and a past member of the Senior Citizens Plus Travel Club. In earlier years, Jean traveled extensively with the Travel Club and daughter, Brenda. Many enjoyable trips were also made with husband, Lloyd, to reunions of the WWII 80th Division Blue Ridge Veteran's Association. She also enjoyed cooking, canning, and making her famous muscadine jelly.

Our family wishes to thank the staff of Hosanna Health and Rehab and the staff of Rainey Hospice House for their devoted and loving care of our mother. Our heartfelt thanks are also extended to the Easley Dialysis Center and the Pelzer Rescue Squad.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 27 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Gray Mortuary in Pelzer, SC. A celebration of Jean's life will be held on Wednesday, May 28 at 11:00 a.m. at Mountain Springs Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Benjamin Smoak. Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Burial will be in the old Mountain Springs Church Cemetery. The family is at the home on Wigington Road.

Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, Rainey House, 1835 Rogers Rd., Anderson, SC 29621 or to the Pelzer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 94, Pelzer, SC 29669.

Mama met all obstacles with strength, dignity, and a positive attitude. She fought a good fight, overcoming many health challenges. Her 84 years have touched many lives with love, integrity, courage, wisdom, and encouragement. Mama was an inspiration to all who knew her, especially her family. She loved her family above all else and no matter how ill, never missed a family function. Her life inspired us, her love sustained us, and her memory will be a shining light forever in our hearts. Mama, we love you and we miss you - our hearts are broken, but we also know that you are at peace.

God grant us the grace to accept our loss, peace for today, and strength for tomorrow.


Published in The Greenville News on May 27, 2014
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