It is with great joy that we are able to celebrate the life of Margaret "Ann" Roach, also known as Gumbo. She was born on October 12th, 1945 in Monroe, Louisiana, and grew up in Gilmer, Texas. Born to Loyce and Merlene Cannon. She departed April 13, 2023. Ann was born the 2nd of 4 daughters.
Family preceding her in death are her Parents; sisters Pat Snider, Peggy Woodard, and Mary Montgomery; Nathan Bradshaw, father of her children, and husband, Harold Roach.
Survivors include her son, Earl Bradshaw; daughter, DeAnna Bradshaw Brosnan; and grandsons, Blake and Cody Brosnan.
Ann had numerous jobs throughout her life. After being a homemaker for the 1st years of her children's lives, she went to work for Mike Benet Formals in the cutting department. She was very talented and made clothes and beautiful pageant dresses. She later became the owner of Jack and Jill Day Care. She adored children all of her life and 40 yrs later they still came to visit. She worked at the old Pittsburg High School and Intermediate Schools. Later transferring to Mt Pleasant High School as a truant officer and bus driver. If ever a child was without school supplies on the 1st day of school, they had a backpack full of supplies on the 2nd day. Ann was the MOST Generous, Most Forgiving, Loving person you could ever meet. She loved to Laugh and cut up. She LOVED people. She was Nurturing, Empathetic, Compassionate, Patient, Sweet, Funny, and never met a stranger. She loved to go places. Garage sales, Thrift stores, and God's Closet was her favorite place in town.
She was forever paging Deanna in Walmart and one day in Brookshires Billy McNeil was there. Next thing I know Billy McNeil was being paged to the front of the store. That's also the day she borrowed a Brookshires cart to go to CVS. That cart was way to big to be going down CVS isles.
Her last and Most Favorite job was working as a Nurse Aid in the Nursery and Postpartum Department at Titus Regional Hospital. She gave the babies their 1st bath and introduced the baby to the new Mothers. She carried Nestles Curls in her pocket to give the baby a special smell and a perfect hair doo. If ever a new mom didn't have an outfit for their baby, Ann could be found in the gift shop buying one. She was awarded Employee of the Year after 8 years. She was later injured on the job and ended up being confined to a wheelchair for about 13 years. After all of those years being confined, one day she said if it's the last thing I do before I die, I'm going to walk again, and she did. Ann was a very hard, dedicated worker. She drove tractors and raked hay. Loved to garden and can. Loved to fish and even wanted Gone Fishing on her tombstone. She was awarded the name GUMBO by her grandson, Blake. She wanted to be called Grandma and he started calling her Gumball. Upon correction from that, she ended up with GUMBO. It stuck and she loved it.
Ann attended Living Faith Church in Mt. Pleasant for a number of years where she was given the nickname Peaches. She showed the world about Faith and Believing. Her relationship with God was very strong and she prayed everyday, and at every meal. God used her to show us what MIRACLES he can perform. Her favorite scripture was John 3:16, and she was certain about her destination in Heaven. May she Rest in the arms of Jesus.