Missye Rhee Brickell Breazeale, 57, of Jackson, Miss., died on Wednesday, November 11, 2009, at St. Dominic Hospital, Jackson, Mississippi. Missye Rhee’s life was marked by her commitment to her Savior Jesus Christ, evidenced by a faithful service to her church, First Presbyterian of Jackson, where she served as a Bible teacher and as the Executive Assistant to the Senior Minister.
She was also active in civic affairs and community outreach as she served on the Board of Trustees of Jackson Academy, as a representative for Alpine Camp for Boys, as a member of the Junior League of Jackson where she served as corresponding secretary, and as a member of the Board of Goodwill Services and as its President.
Missye Rhee Breazeale was born in Meridian on May 2, 1952, to the late Herschel Brickell and Doris Rhee Fuller Brickell. She was raised in Jackson, was a member of the Murrah High School class of 1970; attended Mississippi State University and was graduated from Belhaven College magna cum laude. While at MSU, she became a member of Phi Mu fraternity.
Missye Rhee married her soul mate, Donald Glenn Breazeale, on January 4, 1974. Don and Missye Rhee enjoyed 35 years of marriage.
In addition to her husband, Donald G. Breazeale, Missye Rhee is survived by: her son, Donald Glenn Breazeale, Jr., and his wife, Carter O’Ferrall Breazeale; her son, Maury Brickell Breazeale; her daughter, Marianna Rhee Breazeale Shaw and her husband, Benjamin Nash Shaw; her mother, Doris Rhee Fuller Brickell; her sisters, Chris Harrison Brickell Marks and Amy Brickell Smith, and her husband, Dr. Len D. Smith; and by her dear grandchildren, Caroline O’Ferrall Breazeale and Virginia Rhee Breazeale.
Missye Rhee founded and owned Handworks Market, an extension of her love for sewing and smocking.
Missye Rhee loved her country and believed it was necessary to be active in the political process, so she was active in Mississippi Republican Women and enthusiastically supported Republican candidates.
Visitation will be held Friday, Nov 13 in the courtyard of First Presbyterian Church from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. A private graveside service will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2009, followed by a Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m. at the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church.
The family requests that memorials be made to Jackson Academy, 4908 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211; to Reformed Theological Seminary, 5422 Clinton Boulevard, Jackson, MS 39209; or to First Presbyterian Church, 1390 N. State Street, Jackson, MS 39202.