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Bertie Rae Stevens Gause: Loris

1934 – 2021

     Bertie Rae Stevens Gause passed away on Monday, June 28, at her home in Loris. She was 86.

     Born Aug. 24, 1934 in Loris, she was the daughter of the late Bert Stevens and the late Doretha Sarvis Stevens.

     Mrs. Bertie was a devout Christian and longtime member of Loris First Baptist Church. She owned and operated Bertie’s Styles of Distinction until her retirement. She loved flowers and spending time at her beach house in Cherry Grove rocking on the porch, but will be most remembered for her tremendous love of people and her tireless devotion to her family as “Mema”, aunt, sister, and friend.

     Survivors include her two grandchildren, Shea Gause Johnson and husband Ashley of Galivants Ferry and Steven Gause of Greenwood; three great-grandchildren, Brentlie Johnson, Aubrey Johnson, and Sampson Gause; and many loving nieces, nephews, extended family, and caregivers.

     In addition to her parents, Mrs. Gause was predeceased by her husband, Willis D. Gause; son, Rex Gause and his wife Cynthia; daughter Jan Gause; three brothers, Norman Stevens, Lester Stevens, and Edgar Stevens; and three sisters, Isla Cox, Luttie Todd, and Mary Gertrude Stevens Holmes.

     Funeral services were planned for 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, at Hardwick Memorial Chapel with Dr. Winferd Holt officiating, committal services following at Twin City Memorial Gardens.

     Visitation was planned for the hour preceding the service in the chapel.

     A guest register is available here.