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Rateeba R. Rasheed
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Pawleys Island:
Rateeba Rasheed, age 86, of Pawleys Island, SC, passed away on December 20, 2017. Surrounded at home by her family, Rateeba entered eternal rest and peace after a long illness.
Rateeba Rasheed’s life was celebrated by her family and friends in a funeral service on December 22, 2017, in the Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home in Georgetown, SC. Reverend Michael A. Black officiated with scripture readings and warm remembrances of Rateeba’s friendship and her deep faithfulness. Paul I. Skoko, life-long neighbor and dear friend, provided beautiful music. On behalf of his siblings, Kamile Rasheed gave a loving eulogy of their mother, recalling Rateeba’s gifts and talents and boundless affection and enjoyment of family and friends. Her granddaughter Elizabeth Rasheed (always known as “Pumpkin” to her adoring randmother) and her grandson Richard Rasheed read from their grandma’s favorite
passages of scripture and poetry.
Rateeba Rasheed is survived by her three children, Dr. Kamile Rasheed and his wife Cathy, of Atlanta, Dr. Allen Rasheed and his wife Kathie, of Pawleys Island, and Nadia Rasheed Black, esq. and her husband Michael, of Myrtle Beach; grandchildren Ryan Rasheed and his wife Brooke, of Atlanta, Katie Rasheed of New York, Elizabeth Rasheed of Denver, and Richard Rasheed, a Junior at Furman University in Greenville, SC; and one great-grandchild, Ryan and Brooke’s three-year-old daughter Ruby Rasheed.
She was predeceased by her loving husband, Rasheed M. Rasheed, and her parents, Naif Rasheed and Abla Rasheed.
Rateeba was born to Lebanese parents into the Druze community of faith, and she lived her life in accordance with a deep and unshakable belief in God’s goodness and our duty to love each other and to help anyone in need.
She came to America in 1948 after her marriage to Rasheed “Richard” Rasheed in 1947. They made their home in Georgetown, SC, where they raised their three children and Richard continued in the family business of Rasheed Brothers. When the children were young, the family spent most summers at their beach house in Pawleys Island, SC, where Richard taught the boys to fish and Rateeba spent wonderful days caring for the children as they played together on the beach.
Rateeba spoke Arabic and fluent French from her matriculation in French schools in the Middle East. She quickly began to study English and started formal lessons when six-year-old Kamile started first grade in Georgetown. Rateeba progressed quickly, which was not surprising to anyone who knew her. She soon became fluent in conversational and formal English, thanks to her dear friend and teacher Mrs. Bomar. Rateeba was an avid reader of history and philosophy throughout her life. She loved to read to her grandchildren who without question were the loves of her life.
For Rateeba, family was central during Kamile, Allen, and Nadia’s childhood and is still the focus of their lives, thanks to their parents. The children attended the Georgetown Presbyterian Church from an early age, and Rateeba and Richard were always grateful to their dear friends, Reverend Oliver “Mike” Carmichael and Mr. Stuart Chandler, for bringing the children into the church family. Together with Richard, her love and passion for education were instilled in their children. After Richard’s passing from a life-long heart ailment when the children were young, Rateeba, with the help of Rev. Carmichael, saw Kamile, Allen and Nadia through college. Thanks to their parents’ strong foundation for love of learning, the children all went on to productive careers.
Above all, Rateeba instilled in her children and grandchildren a mission to love and care for others and strong moral bearings to guide them in life. She taught them by example; that is, strength and compassion derive through having trust and faith in God, living a close family life, and despite the circumstances, choosing always to do the right thing.
The family thanks with deep gratitude caregiver Linda Elliott and dear friend Stella Pyle for their devotion to and care of Rateeba. Rateeba Rasheed’s devotion to her husband and children, determination, love of learning, and unmeasurable kindness and service to family, friends, and strangers alike will be remembered always by all who knew her and loved her.
The family requests that any remembrances in honor of Rateeba Rasheed’s life be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, UNICEF, or any charity of one’s choice.

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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home

222 St. James St.
Georgetown, SC 29440





11:00 AM
Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home

222 St. James St.
Georgetown, SC 29440

Cemetery Details


Elmwood Cemetery Annex

1621 Highmarket Street
Georgetown, SC 29440

Memorial Contribution

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

PO Box 1893
Memphis, TN 3801-9950

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