Rosalie W. Smallwood entered her eternal rest in Jesus, her Savior, on April 2, 2019. She was born to Rev. Paul D. and Margaret T. White on March 6, 1928 in Eskridge, Kansas where her father pastored the Reformed Presbyterian Church. When she was 2 years old, her family moved to Bloomington, Indiana, where Rosalie developed a lifelong love of horses and basketball. In 1940, the family moved to Denver, Colorado. She graduated from South High School in Denver in 1946 and entered Geneva College that fall. She graduated from Geneva in 1950 with a degree in elementary education. On June 20, 1950, she married her college sweetheart, David S. Smallwood, and they settled in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, where they reared their four children. After Dave died on April 26, 1977, Rosalie entered the workforce, doing various jobs, such as managing a medical supply store, working at a Christian Conference Center, being a housemother at Grove City College, and teaching Bible at a Christian Day school. Rosalie taught Sunday School classes and Bible classes for over 60 years. To know Rosalie was to know these things: She loved people, she loved to talk, and she loved the Lord and His word. She recently quoted Psalm 18:35.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and younger brother, Lyman F. White. She is survived by her brother, Wendell T. White of Hot Springs, Arkansas; her sons, Dorsey J. (Pamela) of Houston, Texas; Mark P. (Deborah) of Dover, New Hampshire; Bruce D. (Lisa) of DeForest, Wisconsin, and daughter Amy S. (Richard) King of Billings. She was the proud grandmother of Brian (Emily) Smallwood of New Orleans, Louisiana; George Smallwood of New York, New York; Rebecca (Kevin) Saunders of Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, Sarah (Jeffrey) Gonzalez of Laguna Niguel, California, Mark A. (Kate) Smallwood of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Steven (Maggie) Smallwood of San Diego, California, Abigail (Kale) Hoefling of Arlington, Wisconsin, Benjamin (Lauren) King of Wausau, Wisconsin, Alexander King of Great Falls, Elizabeth (Michael) Grau of Lakehurst, New Jersey, and Margaret King of Billings. Great-grandchildren are Brooke and Natalie Smallwood; Clark, Stella, and Audrey Saunders; Penny Gonzalez, and Makaila, Sophia, and Myles Hoefling. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and two sisters-in-law, Carolyn White of Seattle and Florence White of Denver.
Visitation will be From 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 5, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave. The casket will be open at Trinity Lutheran Church at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 6, with the funeral at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon at the church. Graveside services and interment will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the Reformed Presbyterian Cemetery in Winchester, Kansas.
Memorials can be made to Trinity Lutheran School, Geneva College of Beaver Falls, PA, or America’s Keswick of Whiting, NJ.