KILMARNOCK—Rosa Cox Lee, 96, of Kilmarnock left this life early Sunday morning, August 5, 2018, at Bon Secours Rappahannock General Hospital.
She was born July 14, 1922, to the late Phillip and Essie Cox in Baltimore, Md. The family moved to Lancaster in 1925 where she was raised with her brother and four sisters. At the age of 13, Rosa joined and was baptized at Willie Chapel Baptist Church in Lancaster.
On April 23, 1939, Rosa married Norman Lee and to this union they were blessed with five children, a daughter and four sons. They made their home in Kilmarnock for more than 70 years taking pride in their vegetable and flower gardens.
Rosa worked in the Lancaster school system for many years. She was a member of the Let’s Not Retire Club.
Rosa joined Calvary Baptist Church in 1941 where she was a faithful member and supporter. In 2013 Rosa was named “Mother” of Calvary Baptist Church. She served on the Senior Missionary Ministry and was a life member of the Northern Neck Baptist Women’s Commission. She and Ruth Ball would travel together all during the year to meetings and conventions.
Besides her love of flowers, travel and cooking, Rosa also loved to dress up, she always said “if you’re going to dress then dress to impress” and that is what she did. She had a hat for almost every outfit and shoes to match. She was a woman of style. She was a real stylish lady setting an excellent example for young ladies to follow.
Rosa loved her family and friends in Heathsville. She was always going to see them or calling and talking on the phone. She always had her famous pound cake ready to share with anyone who stopped by.
Rosa was predeceased by her husband, Norman, of 59 years; two sisters, Josephine Frisby and Virginia Smith; and brother Phillip Cox Jr.; daughter-in-law, Donna Lee; and grandson, Wayne Lee.
She leaves to cherish her memory five children, Vernal of Baltimore, Md., Paymus (Gloria) of White Stone, Donald (Yvonne) of Heathsville, William (Vera) of Kilmarnock and Faye of Richmond; two sisters, Dorothy Kelly and Bertine Jones of Lancaster; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Marietta Campbell, Martha Lee and Helen Cox; a devoted niece, Adelle Frisby; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.
A funeral was held August 11 at Calvary Baptist Church, Kilmarnock. Interment followed in Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by Campbell Funeral Home, Kilmarnock.
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