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Betty Rosser

February 3, 1926 — January 24, 2017

Miss Betty Rosser, 90, of Sanford, N.C., passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2016, at Bethesda Healthcare Facility in Fayetteville, N.C.


She was a longtime Registered Nurse. Miss Rosser was born on February 3, 1926 in Rex Hospital in Raleigh to the late Roy Pleasant (R.P.) Rosser and Susie Shaw Rosser of Sanford. She was a longtime resident of Sanford, moving there with her family in 1933. In addition to her parents, Miss Rosser was pre-deceased by her sister, Mary Shaw Rosser Howard of Sanford and Fayetteville, and a brother, Roy P. Rosser Jr. of Pebble Beach, Ca.


A celebration of Betty's life will be held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sanford on Saturday, January 28 at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Bruce Heybaert officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.


"Aunt Betty" was educated in the Sanford City Schools and was a 1945 graduate of Peace College i n Raleigh. She received her nursing degree from Northampton-Accomack Memorial Hospital Nursing School in 1948. She served as a nurse in the United States Air Force Reserve in the 1950s, where she attained the rank of Captain. Betty held several positions at Lee County Hospital in Sanford, and later did private duty nursing for friends in the Sanford/Lee County area. Betty was a longtime and faithful member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sanford, where her father served as senior warden from 1934 to 1943. Mr. Rosser operated the Temple and San-Lee movie theaters in downtown Sanford. Betty's greatest joy came in singing in the church's Senior choir, where she was a frequent soloist. She also sang with the Lee County Community Chorus. Betty was a world traveler, many of her trips in the company of friends from the church. She was also an avid photography buff and a great dog lover! People who knew our Aunt Betty ("AB") were soon aware of her keen and sometimes wry and witty sense of humor. She loved to laugh and to entertain family and friends in her home in McCracken Heights, where she was a gracious host. Her nieces and nephew and other family members and friends can attest to Betty's fun-loving ways and her generous spirit! She was "always there" with a word of encouragement and support. And good food!


Survivors include three nieces, Mrs. Sandra Howard West (Jerry) of Wilmington; Mrs. Sue Howard Perkins (Bill) of Fayetteville; and Mrs. Gwen Howard Temple (David) of North Wilkesboro; and a nephew, Mr. R.W. "Buddy" Howard Jr. of Fayetteville. Other survivors include a number of great and great-great nieces and nephews and several cousins from Virginia.


Our Aunt Betty was a longtime and much-loved and appreciated part of our lives. She will be greatly misse d! Memorials in Betty Rosser's memory may be made to St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sanford

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Memorial Service

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Starts at 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

North Creek Presbyterian Church

4601 NW 71st St, Coconut Creek, FL 33073

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

4:00 - 4:45 pm (Eastern time)

St Thomas Episcopal Church

N Steele St, Sanford, NC 27330

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