Rosanna L. Davis

June 23, 1933June 10, 2011

Rosanna L. Davis, 78, passed away Friday, June 10th at her home with her family by her side, after a courageous battle with cancer. Mrs. Davis was born June 23rd 1933 in Goodwine, Illinois, a daughter of Cordie and Alice Alexander Hawthorne. She married Newton L. Davis on July 30th 1955 in Dayton, OH. He preceded her in death on April 8th, 1998. Rosanna was a long-time resident of Beavercreek and member of St Andrews United Methodist Church. She retired from WPAFB in 1993 after 29 years of distinguished service as a secretary. She began a second career as a pre-school teacher at Aley CDC August, 2000. “Miss Rosanna” loved and cared for 400 toddler-aged children across the span of 11 years. She loved shopping, the Cincinnati Reds; reading, cross stitched many beautiful works for her family and friends and spent many hours making items for the church bazaar with her crafting co-horts in “Sew-n-Sew”. She spent many happy times with special friends, Phyllis, Lurene, Betty, and Chris, all fellow retirees from WPAFB. She was a member of the “drunken posse” enjoying monthly dinners and ONE beer with her friends Julie, Elaine, Flo, and Deanna, fellow pre-school teachers from Aley, CDC. Rosanna was a devoted wife, loving mom, adoring grandma and faithful friend to many. She is survived by her son James Davis and wife Lynn, Mission Viejo California, daughter Sharon Ellis, Beavercreek Ohio, Grandchildren Kelly Vagi and husband Zsolt, Corey Alexander Dixon, Chloe Roseanna Dixon, Phoebe Doris Dixon and Ivy Evelyn Ellis, great grandchildren Melina and Dorian Vagi, sister Lauria Gross and husband Robert, special niece Jo-Ellen Johnson, numerous nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews whom she adored and best friend Mae Christine Watters, her ‘rock’. Family and friends are invited to celebrate her life Thursday June 16th at Tobias Funeral Home, Beavercreek Ohio. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. with a memorial service starting at 6 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Aley Child Development Center or the Hospice of Dayton. We, her family, would like to give special thanks to Hospice nurses Erica, Karen and Danielle who took such loving care of mom. They made her comfortable, pain free and secure so she could pass away peacefully. They were her angels on earth. Condolences may be expressed to her family at


  • Visitation Thursday, June 16, 2011
  • Memorial Service Thursday, June 16, 2011

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Keith Davis

June 26, 2017

Sharon this is your cousin Keith Davis. Son of your Dads brother Curtis. I am so sad to see the passing of my Aunt Rosie. She had a heart of gold and will always be part of my greatest childhood memories. My sister Keeley told me about Jimmy also a while back. Also broke my heart. I hope this message finds you in good health.Stay strong.

Joyce (Litteral) Burton

June 17, 2011

Sharon, it was with deep sadness that I read of the passing of your mother. Rosanna and I worked together at WPAFB in the early 70s, and though it’s been 40 years since I last saw her, there was no mistaking that beautiful smile in her picture. We had so much fun working together, and I still recall how excited she was when the two of us took off work to see the Big Red Machine in a World Series playoff game and saw Johnny Bench hit a home run. We only knew each other for a short while, but she’s always had a special place in my heart and I regret having lost touch with her over the years. But as a believer in our Lord and Savior, I know one day we’ll meet again. Your family is in my prayers for strength and comfort.

Robin Z

June 15, 2011


My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Rosie was a good friend and mentor. I will miss her dearly.

God Bless you and give you the strength to get through this difficult time.

Alan Carroll

June 14, 2011

My heartfelt condolence to all of the family. I will fondly remember Rosanna's kindly ways and talented contributions through the years at St. Andrew UMC. May God's comforting presence surround you and all her friends.

Lurene Carlson

June 14, 2011

Dear Sharon and Jim....No words can express how I feel about Rosie's passing. A piece of "The Goddesses" puzzle is now missing but never missing in our hearts. Our memories of so very many wonderful times together will remain in our hearts forever..Love you...Lurene and Russ

Tanya Kinnaird

June 14, 2011

Sharon, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. The world just lost a very special person. Stay strong in the knowledge that she loved you very much.

Kathey,John, Austin, Alex, and Ashley Howard

June 14, 2011

Sharon,Corey,Chloe,Phoebe & Ivy, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Rosanna was such a wonderful sweet lady and I feel blessed that I was able to get to know her over the past 11-12 years. I loved seeing how much she adored each and every one of you!! I hope that the wonderful memories of such a sweet mother and grandmother bring you comfort.

Mary Harstad

June 14, 2011

Rosanna was a trusted employee and a dear friend. I will miss her greatly.

Steve & Karen Hawthorne

June 14, 2011

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

Rebecca Brown

June 14, 2011

Dear Sharon, your Mom was my special friend. We shared many wonderful times together at WPAFB. She was a very pleasant person and so much fun. I will miss our annual two hour or more conversations. I have nothing but fond memories of her. May God bless you and your brother and you are in my prayers.