Sunrise June 24, 1932
Sunset June 11, 2010
She was born in Zebulon, Georgia to the union of Roosevelt and Minnie (Collier) Davis on June 24, 1932. She was the eldest of seven children. Both parents, two siblings, and her daughter Seneca preceded me in death. She was educated in a “One room school house”, Attucks Elementary School in Clayton, MO. Back in those days the school was segregated just for the African American children. She also attended Douglas High School in St. Louis. Later, she went to Harris Stowe State College where she received her high school equivalency diploma. She was employed and later retired after twenty-five long years from St. Louis State Hospital.
She truly love the Lord. She confessed my hope in Christ and was baptized at 1st Baptist Church of Elmwood Park under the late A.W. Willis in 1958. Rosie maintained her membership at 1st Baptist which is currently led by Pastor Brian K. Jackson. She sang in the Woman of Worship and Mass Choir. Rosie also was an active member in the Mission Board. She didn’t consider myself “old” enough to be a Mother on the Mother’s Board, but she was affectionately known as a Mother of the Church. “I love my church; they mean so much to me”. (Quoted May 24, 2010)
Rosie united in Holy Matrimony to Irvin Howard, Sr. To this union seven children were born. She leaves to cherish her memory and legacy six children; Sherra (Orlando) Stowers, Irvin (Katherine) Howard, Jr., Antionette (Archie) Luss, Valerie (Wilbert) Williams, Anita (John) Moore, and Teresa (Reginald) Moore. Four sisters; Alberta Ragland, Norma J. Foster, Yvette Davis and Viviette Davis. Eighteen grandchildren, Thirty-five great grandchildren. A host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Rosie was a gracious giver, a faithful worshipper, excellent cook, and a wonderful mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, and friend. Though she departed this life physically on June 11, 2010 her loving spirit will last forever.
This may be the end of her life here on earth, but the beginning of her eternal life with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Life is but a stopping place,
A pause in what's to be,
A resting place along the road,
to sweet eternity.
We all have different journeys,
Different paths along the way,
We all were meant to learn some things,
but never meant to stay...
Our destination is a place,
Far greater than we know.
For some the journey's quicker,
For some the journey's slow.
And when the journey finally ends,
We'll claim a great reward,
And find an everlasting peace,
Together with the lord
Grammy you are the rock of this family and you will truly be missed by many. We love you and will see you again someday. Please save my seat in Heaven.