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Obituary for Amaryllis McAleer Gangi
Amaryllis McAleer Gangi, 89, died July 28, 2018 at Brookdale Senior Living in Ridgeland, MS.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Sebrell Funeral Home Chapel, 425 Northpark Dr., Ridgeland, MS 39157, Rev. Jason Johnston officiating. Visitation will begin at 12 Noon at the funeral home.
A native of Indiana, born April 19, 1929, she was the daughter of the late John and Agnes McAleer.
She and her mother moved to Elmira, NY where she first became interested in horses, primarily in hunter-jumper horseback riding. She was a lifelong equestrian and very involved in thoroughbreds and show horses.
She met the love of her life, Philip, on a tennis court at Cooper Union in New York where she received her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts. They moved to Beaumont, Texas and then to Baton Rouge.
Over the years, Mrs. Gangi became very involved with Shetland Sheepdogs and was known as a premier breeder in the South having produced many grand champions. Later in life, she returned to her love of horses particularly the Arabian horse breed. She promoted her love of horses through offering riding lessons and education of the breed especially to young children. She was active and served on many capacities in the Louisiana Arabian Horse Association.
She returned to LSU in her sixties where she took additional art and photography classes and presented her work in many exhibitions.
She had a love for the outdoors and for all animals, especially her cats. Her love and commitment to teaching and helping people and children through various educational outreach programs was dear to her heart. She was hardworking, persevering and kind. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, artist, educator, and friend.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Philip Gangi, Sr., in 2016. She is survived by her sons, Philip Gangi (Deborah), Marc Gangi, and Joel Gangi; grandchildren: Sheree Jenkins (Lane), Jessica Fields (Todd), Kelsey and Colin Gangi; great grandchildren: Leighton and Nicholas Jenkins, and Darby Fields.