June 18, 1923 — Aug. 21, 2017
On Aug. 21, following the solar eclipse, our beautiful mother, Rosalie, peacefully joined her Lord and savior. We are certain she is now reunited in glory with all of those she loves on the ultimate side of life.
Mom was born on June 18, 1923, to Alonzo and Maurine Walker in DeLand, Illinois. Her family came west in 1932, settling in the Longview-Kelso area, where she graduated from high school in 1940.
On Aug. 14, 1948, she married Bill D. Wilson. They moved for a brief time to Fresno, California, returning to the Northwest in 1951, settling in Astoria, where they raised their family of three daughters and a son. Mom chose to remain a homemaker until Lewis started school, and then became a cafeteria lunch lady at Lewis and Clark Elementary. Progressing to a position as teacher’s aide for the special education class, Mom found the interaction with those children to be very rewarding.
In 1970, Rosalie and Bill bought the Driftwood Inn in Cannon Beach. Mom took a job as a clerk at Cannon Beach Lumber, where she enjoyed working alongside her son, Lewie. She retired in 1988 and returned to Kelso to care for her mother. Returning to Astoria until she passed, Mom tremendously enjoyed all flowers, her family, cats, gardening and activities at the Astoria First Baptist Church. In her 94 earthly years she was a crocheting machine!
Preceded in death by her son Lewis, daughter Iris, and former husband Bill, Mom is survived by two daughters, Leighland Heinrichs (Frank) of Seaside and Janell Hunnicutt of Snohomish, Washington. Also surviving are her son-in-law Don Roessler, a true son to her, and nine grandchildren: Scott Cadonau, Kevin Cadonau (Cheryl), Eric Hellberg (Rosalee), twins Ross Hunnicutt and her namesake, Rosalie Hunnicutt, Billy Roessler, Andrew Wilson Hecox, Rebecca Seybold (Don) and Amanda Walker (Chuck). Also, there are 11 great-grandchildren: Ian, Justin, Hayley, Jack, Kam, Tyler, Johnny, Vivian, Lucas, Marley, Phoebe, and a 12th baby, due in February. Many of her nephews and nieces and their families also remain.
Mom loved the color red, so please join us at her “Wear Red For Rosie Celebration of Life” on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at 1 p.m., at the Astoria First Baptist Church, 349 Seventh St.
Remembrances may be made to the Baptist church in her name as continued support for their many community activities, dinners and AA meetings. As an alternative tribute to our mother, please buy a loved one or yourself some flowers to enjoy in this moment.
“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of God shall stand forever.” Isaiah 40:8.
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