OBITUARY

Rose Marie Coker

February 25, 1938October 29, 2018
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Rose Marie Coker, 80, of Corpus Christi, Texas, passed away on October 29, 2018 in Pearsall, Texas. Rose, affectionately known as “Rosie” was born in San Antonio, Texas at home on February, 25th, 1938 to Mary Margaret Turner and Ernest Eugene Casanova. Even though Rose had been struggling with Alzheimer’s for several years, her death was unexpected and sudden. Her family is mourning her loss and misses her greatly. She leaves a vast hole in their hearts, but they will carry her precious memory in their hearts always. Rose was a loving mother, step-mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. Though she worked hard her whole life, she managed to put her family first. When she wasn’t doting on family, Rose enjoyed staying busy with many activities which included gardening, tending to her plants and flowers, and like her Mother, she loved nature. Rose worked at Valero Bill Greehey Refinery here in Corpus Christi until retiring April of 2008 at the age of 70. She was such a go-getter that the month before she retired, she worked a 3-week turnaround on the night shift. She truly enjoyed working with so many people, many who still remember her today for her kindness and hardworking attitude. Her life changed when her precious Granddaughter Christine Marie Cuellar (William Cuellar) was born. Christine had a very special bond with her grandmother because she was the only grandchild for 10+ yrs. Their bond grew and evolved into such a beautiful relationship in spite of Rose’s Alzheimer’s. Then her first grandson Stephen Wincelowicz was born, bringing more love and joy to Rose’s life. A few years later, Kathryn’s only son Alexander Knowles was born, thus giving Rose three beautiful grandchildren. Rose was also blessed to have one Great Grandson Andrew Cuellar. It was love at first sight the moment he was born. As Andrew grew into a young man, she was his biggest fan during his high school years as he played Varsity Football and Wrestling. Every Friday night you could hear her yell, “Go #76!”. Bill Cuellar (Andrew’s Father) was a huge part of Roses family as well. Even though Christine and Bill divorced, Rose still considered him to be like a grandson to her, always enjoying the time they spent together. The feelings were mutual as Bill is mourning the loss of Rose as well.

Rose remarried and this union gave her two more wonderful children: Michael Coker (Melanie Coker) of Seguin, Texas and Lisa Marie Coker of San Marcos, Texas. Michael’s 4 children and Lisa’s 5 gave Rose 9 more grandchildren to love. In spite of being their Stepmother, they view her as being their Mom, sharing much love and wonderful memories throughout the years. The family wishes to thank Lisa Marie Coker so very much for her care of Mom in the last few months of her life. She somehow always managed to put a smile on Rose’s face even when no one else could. Rose was always eager to get out and go! There was no sitting around for her. Whether simply shopping or eating out, she loved being around people. She especially enjoyed the times spent at the YWCA, either with her daughter Kathryn or her granddaughter Christine. She was vibrant and energetic until the disease of Alzheimer’s slowly robbed her of her memory, making it harder for her to recognize her loved ones!

Rose Marie is preceded in death by her parents Mary Margaret Turner and Ernest Eugene Casanova, Brother Ernest Casanova II of San Antonio, TX, and Sister Margie Casanova of Austin, Texas. Also her first husband and children’s father, Bobby Joe Knowles.

Rose leaves her memory to be cherished by her beloved children and step children, Debra Molina (Javier), Kathryn Sparck, Michael Coker (Melanie), Lisa Marie Coker. Three grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren and One very loved great-grandson. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews whom she cared for with all her heart ( and they know who they are!!) and many friends who grew to love her as we did.

Memorial Service will be celebrated at Cage-Mills Funeral Directors on Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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  • Rose Marie is preceded in death by her parents Mary Margaret Turner and Ernest Eugene Casanova, Brother Ernest Casanova II of San Antonio, TX, and Sister Margie Casanova of Austin, Texas. Also her first husband and children’s father, Bobby Joe Knowles.

    Rose leaves her memory to be cherished by her beloved children and step children, Debra Molina (Javier), Kathryn Sparck, Michael Coker (Melanie), Lisa Marie Coker. Three grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren and One very loved great-grandson.
    Also surviving are many nieces and nephews whom she cared for with all her heart ( and they know who they are!!) and many friends who grew to love her as we did.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 10, 2018
REMEMBERING

Rose Marie Coker

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Melanie Nelon

November 10, 2018

Thinking and praying for all of my family who are missing my Aunt Rosie. I'll hold memories of her deep in my heart along with my Mom and other family members who are no longer with us. I can remember times as a little girl and her calling me her little monkey.

My Mom was like a mother hen with her baby sister Rosie. They both had hard times growing up, but my Mom never complained about it to me. She would tell me that she needed to be there for sister Rosie to help her deal with it. Until my Mom was taken over by the heartbreaking disease, Alzheimers, she always checked on her baby sister. She would spend hours on the phone talking and listening to her. Even times when my Mom wasn't well or really tired, she made time for her. My Aunt Rosie would tell me how much she loved my Mom and how lucky we were. I knew that my Aunt Rosie truly loved my Mom and she appreciated her. They had a bond.

I'll hold on to the memories of the time my Mom and Aunt Rosie spent a weekend around the holidays with me and my family. It started with me trying to give my Aunt Rosie directions to my house with several phone calls. Then, when I got the third call or so, when my Aunt Rosie was getting farther from my house instead of closer, I knew the only solution was to get in my car and go rescue her from the adjacent city. This was the beginning of a crazy whirlwind weekend with my aging Mom and Aunt. We spent hours in the mall. Then, we went home and enjoyed the baked goods that my Mom always made during the holidays. We talked for hours in our pjs (They both had the gift of gab. My Aunt Rosie loved to talk, especially about her daughters and grandkids. I could see my Mom dozing off. I was worn out, too. So, I finally made them go to bed or I'm sure Rosie could have talked for hours!) I saw the joy in my Aunt Rosie's eyes that this time brought her.

Knowing that they are together again brings me comfort. I hope that our fond memories of her bring us comfort during difficult times.

The Iglesias Family

November 8, 2018

Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember your dearly departed Mother. May the love of family and friends comfort you during these difficult days, our most heartfelt condolences Debra to you and your family.
With lovely memories,
Lupe, Lucinda and Cassandra

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my beautiful mama back in the 60's

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my mom and me with my Aunt Virginia in Sacramento, California

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My Dad, Mom, Aunt Virginia and of course me in Sacramento California

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My mom back in the 60's

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