1941 — 2014
MAGGIE VALLEY — Georgia Lea Pickert Gorham, 73, passed away from cancer Friday, March 7, 2014 in Maitland, Florida, surrounded by her family. She was the daughter of the late Gertrude and Irvan Pickert and was married 53 years to her husband, Richard.
Georgia was first and foremost a homemaker, mother and grandmother. Georgia attended Catholic schools, then married her high school sweetheart, Dick, who was in the Army. The Gorham family lived in different states before ending up in Italy with their newborn daughter, Laura. They lived in Italy for three years during which time daughter Julia was born. Georgia loved the language and the culture. They moved back to Evanston, Illinois, where they lived for eight years, close to both their parents. They finally settled in Florida where they lived for 22 years before retiring to North Carolina.
Georgia was a textile artist who developed a successful wholesale needlework business and was the author of several needlework books that are still in publication today. Her love and talent for quilting began in the last 14 years.
Georgia is survived by her husband, Dick, of Maggie Valley; two daughters, Laura Shepherd, of Clyde, husband, Scott, and children Tessa and Shaw, daughter, Julia Mulligan, of Maitland, Florida, and children, Patrick and Maura; one sister, Jeanne Warth, of Evanston, Illinois.
A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 18, at St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church in Maggie Valley. Following will be a reception at the parish center.
Donations in remembrance may be made to REACH of Haywood County, PO Box 206, Waynesville, NC 28786.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by DeGusipe Funeral Home & Crematory of Maitland, Florida.