Ann Resola Gaiter was born August 3, 1931 in Florence, South Carolina to Annie and W. B. Kennedy.
Ann grew up in Meadow Prong Baptist Church where she excelled in speaking, leading prayer, reading the bible, singing in the choir and never missed attending Sunday School.
She attended Eleam Elementary School in Florence, SC and Brockington High School in Timmonsville, SC.
She was well known as a basketball player, voted most outstanding and MVP. She led the basketball team to multiple wins in tournaments in her region. Ann had a wonderful personality and great leadership skills.
After high school she enjoyed traveling, working as a Dietician Assistant, and mentoring high school girls in leadership, etiquette and basketball training.
She came to Cincinnati to pursue a career and attended Poro Beauty School on Linn St. and became an outstanding Cosmetologist with honors.
She worked in the first African American beauty salon on Burnet Ave. in 1955 before opening her own shop (Ann’s Beauty Salon) in 1956, also on Burnet Ave. She later retired from her career as a cosmetologist for over 40 years.
In 1954 she was the first member to join Rockdale Baptist Church, under the late founder (Rev. Wallace Peoples). She demonstrated her Christian experience by being a member of many auxiliaries, working with and as a team leader. She served on the Usher board #1 for many years, was a member of the Missionaries, and was the Sunday School treasurer for 35 years. She also organized the Rockdale Baptist Guild Girls.
Her husband, Lawrence was a great support to her and was always by her side. He even helped with building the church building along with Rev. Peoples.
She was married to Lawrence Gaiter on January 12, 1954. Out of this union was born two children, Audrey and Nicolas Gaiter.
Ann was a devoted wife and mother.
Ann was preceded in death by her parents, her four brothers (Joseph, Lewis, Levy, Deleon) and two sisters (Rosalee Kennedy Carter and Viola Moses).
She departed this life Monday, July 27, 2020. Leaving to cherish fond memories is her husband Lawrence; one daughter, Audrey (Ralph) Moore; and one son, Nicolas (Bernice) Gaiter; six grandchildren, Camille, Candace, Christopher, Joshua, Jossalynn, Jonah; a host of nieces, nephews and other family and friends.
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