May 26, 1926 ~ March 13, 2020
Pinkie Hazel McGee was born on May 26, 1926 in Warrior, Alabama to George Floyd, Sr. and Mabel Washington Floyd. She died at her home in Los Angeles, California on the afternoon of March 13, 2020. Pinkie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 69 years Samuel McGee, her brother George Floyd Jr. and two daughters Hazel Laurant and Anita McGee.
Pinkie Floyd confessed a belief in the Lord at an early age and was baptized at the age of thirteen in the Warrior River by the Reverend Baldwin.
Pinkie exceled as a student at the Warrior Public School. Pinkie graduated from Warrior High School in May of 1944 and then traveled with her brother George by Greyhound Bus to join their mother in Buffalo, New York. In the fall of 1944, she attended college at Stillman Institute in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
In 1945 Pinkie worked at the Bell Aircraft Factory in Buffalo, NY as “Rosie the Riveter”. Later she worked in a clothing factory clipping threads. In 1946 she attended the Buffalo YWCA Secretarial School and received Typist and Shorthand Certificates.
In 1948, Pinkie married Samuel McGee at Shiloh Baptist Church and they began their life together in Buffalo. They shared 69 years and 10 months of love and devotion to each other and their family until Samuel’s death in 2018. They were blessed with 6 children, Samuel, Hazel, Anita, Darius, Deborah and Alethea. Pinkie was a loving wife and mother, making sure her home was filled with love, laughter and learning. She was a devoted mother and attended all of her children’s school events.
In 1965, having had enough of the New York winters and snow, Pinkie and Samuel moved their family to California. They arrived in Los Angeles in the midst of the 1965 Watts Uprising but did not regret their decision to move. As she would later say “I learned my ABC’s - Alabama, Buffalo, California”.
Pinkie and Samuel purchased a home with a large backyard in Los Angeles. Pinkie became an avid gardener and grew vegetables, over 25 fruit trees, flowers and over 70 rose bushes. A favorite phrase of hers was that “You are closer to God in a garden than anywhere else on earth.” This was her paradise.
Pinkie enjoyed travelling by car, bus and train. She made many trips across the country and to Canada and Mexico to sightsee, visit family and attend reunions. She traveled by plane on only 3 occasions including a 2009 trip to Hawaii. Last year she celebrated her 93rd Birthday by traveling to her birthplace of Warrior Alabama. On many of her trips she included her grandchildren as she enjoyed being with them and seeing the world through their eyes.
Pinkie had many interests including reading, scratching lottery tickets and playing slot machines; watching TV; and listening to a variety of radio programs and music. She loved to collect commemorative plates from all her travels. She was also a rock collector and would come in from the garden with a pocketful of “pretty” ones.
Pinkie Hazel McGee leaves behind in each of us the best of what she was to cherish her memory, two sons Samuel Jr. (Jozine) and Darius (Elaine), two daughters Deborah McGee and Alethea McGee, 9 grandchildren, Vertesia, Glendell, Lydia, Cristal, Ainsley, Daniel, Taylor, Joseph and Channing; 7 great grandchildren, Michael, Desiree, Darion, Cedric, Jonas, Milynn and Ayce; 5 great-great grandchildren Amelia, Gunner, Parker, Liam, and Thea, a Brother James Floyd and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
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