Rose Margaret Parker Melvin, 85, peacefully left this world on October 4, 1997 to join her family and friends who preceded her in death.
She will be missed by everyone who's lives she touched during her stay on earth. Her passing will leave a void in the hearts of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and all who knew her, especially Alicia.Rose was born August 26, 1912 in Greensboro, NC to Charles Arthur and Dasie Hicks Parker. She was the oldest of four children. She is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and her husband, Marcus Leo Melvin. She married Leo on November 17, 1941, later sealed together in the Mesa, AZ Temple. They had five children. She had one child in a previous marriage.
Rose was a great care taker of so many. She gave of herself to care for other children. Her life was full of love from all the children she held and rocked. When her own children were too big to rock she took in foster children. As those children left, she took it on herself to care for, as much as she could, for her grandchildren. By the time her great-grandchildren came, she was getting too weak to rock them, but she still tried.
Rose was raised by a step-mother "Maggie" and cared for her in her home until she passed away at the age of 96. Rose joined the LDS Church after her marriage with Leo and she taught genealogy for many years. She loved her church work and her family.
She is survived by two sons, Howard (Helen) Arrington of Ohio; Charles D. (Betty) Melvin of Arizona; four daughters, E. Marlene (Anthony) Parsons; Henri Etta (Larry Yannotti) Caldwell; Louis E. Heath; Christine Mills (Glenn Parsons); 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and special foster children, Randy, Beth and Chucky Chandler all of Florida.
Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, October 8, 1997 at Valley View Memorial Park at 11 a.m. A viewing will be held Tuesday evening at Valley View Funeral Home, 4335 West 4100 South from 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the graveside service on Wednesday at the Funeral Home.
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