Murl Gatlin the mother of Judge Richard Fields died suddenly on December 11, 2002.
Mrs. Gatlin was a cheerleader.
A cheerleader for her son, a cheerleader for her children, a cheerleader and baton twirler still exhibiting up until her death. Most of all anyone who ever met her knows she was a cheerleader especially for the Lord.
Gatlin was born on June 18, 1938 in Batesville, Mississippi. She was born to Louise Sullivan. As an infant, she and her sister, Aretha were sent to live with their aunt and uncle, George and Katherine James, in East St. Louis, Illinois. Mr. and Mrs. James loved her very much and she loved them immensely.
She graduated from Cahokia High School in Cahokia, Illinois. She came to Santa Ana, in 1963, where she lived with her husband, Dan Fields, and two sons -- Ricky and Bobby. She was divorced in 1975.
She worked at Bristol Drug Store in Santa Ana, Martin Luther King Hospital in Anaheim, and later for the Naval Shipyard in Long Beach. Murl went to work for the U.S. Postal Service in 1967 and retired 27 years later.
Murl married Joseph Gatlin on December 3, 1989. With this marriage came five more children: Joseph, Robert, Rodney, Indira and Sharrace. Joseph and Murl have twelve grandchildren.
Murl is best known for her love of the Lord. From the time she would wake up in the morning until the time she went to bed, she was constantly thanking God for all things and in all things. For many wonderful years, Murl attended Johnson Chapel AME Church in Santa Ana, where she held many positions including Sunday School Superintendent.
For the past several years, she has attended church at Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa and enjoyed the womans weekly Bible study.
Murl received an Associate of Arts degree from Santa Ana College and completed 22 units towards her Bachelors Degree. She has received many awards.
She received the Distinguished Toastmaster Award, the Outstanding Employee Award, the Distinguished Citizen and Honorary Mail Handler, and the Sadie B. Wilson Award for Outstanding Modeling.
She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, children, family and friends.
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