A Soul Survivor: The Story of Little Mary

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Tate Publishing, Feb 19, 2013 - Family & Relationships - 376 pages
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I wanted to die... Sometimes I'd sit and try to will myself to death so I could fade away. I truly believed no one in this world loved me because I was not lovable, and I agreed with my mother that I should never have been born. Mary Eliza Reese Jr., also known as 'Little Mary, ' was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and reared in Los Angeles, California. As an African American living during the racial tension of the '50s and '60s, Little Mary found her light-colored skin to be a major issue, but that wasn't her only problem. Little Mary's mother, 'Big Mary, ' caused her to endure numerous life-threatening situations due to her drinking problem. Big Mary was co-owner of a well-known and respected mortuary in the African American community in Los Angeles. Little Mary's childhood experiences, and the mental and physical abuse she grudgingly faced each day, led her to believe that her only true friends were the dead people in her mother's mortuary. Little Mary's story tells what really happens behind the embalming room doors-the light and dark side of life. In her incredible and extraordinary memoir, A Soul Survivor, author Mary Ross Smith explores the depths of human emotions, both real and imagined. That any of us reach adulthood in one piece, emotionally or physically, is a miracle of no small proportion. That any of us reach adulthood to contribute back to society and become highly respected in the community is truly a gift of time and place. Little Mary's story is one of heartbreak and anguish, but one that ends in triumph. It is an enlightening and revealing peek into the unexpected and is, in the end, a story of A Soul Survivor.
 

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Contents

To the Reader
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Chapter 1
9
Chapter 2
13
Chapter 3
26
Chapter 4
36
Chapter 5
41
Chapter 6
48
Chapter 7
58
Chapter 30
198
Chapter 31
202
Chapter 32
208
Chapter 33
214
Chapter 34
220
Chapter 35
225
Chapter 36
230
Chapter 37
234

Chapter 8
66
Chapter 9
70
Chapter 10
75
Chapter 11
84
Chapter 12
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Chapter 13
102
Chapter 14
107
Chapter 15
115
Chapter 16
119
Chapter 17
123
Chapter 18
129
Chapter 19
134
Chapter 20
137
Chapter 21
143
Chapter 22
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Chapter 23
153
Chapter 24
159
Chapter 25
165
Chapter 26
170
Chapter 27
177
Chapter 28
183
Chapter 29
192
Chapter 38
240
Chapter 39
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Chapter 40
251
Chapter 41
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Chapter 42
265
Chapter 43
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Chapter 44
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Chapter 45
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Chapter 46
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Chapter 47
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Chapter 48
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Chapter 49
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Chapter 50
311
Chapter 51
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Chapter 52
330
Chapter 53
336
Chapter 54
341
Chapter 55
349
Chapter 56
355
Chapter 57
358
Chapter 58
365
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