Rosa "Rosie" Lee (Miller) Early

May 28, 1927December 24, 2018

Rosa Lee “Rosie” Early, 91, a lifelong resident of Pleasant Valley passed away on Monday, December 24, 2018.

She was born on May 28, 1927 in Rockingham County and was the daughter of the late Raymond Garber and Roberta Charlton Miller.

Rosie graduated from Bridgewater High School and the Shenandoah College Conservatory of Music. After college, Rosie worked for an attorney and a realtor and then worked for the admissions office at James Madison University for many years.

Rosie was an accomplished musician. She started playing the piano for church in the 5th grade and played the organ for St. James United Methodist Church for over 30 years. She played the piano every day.

On June 1, 1947 she married the love of her life, Robert “Bob” Carroll Early.

During Bob and Rosie’s 67 years of marriage, they enjoyed many hours touring in their 1915 Model T Ford, up and down the East Coast with the Antique Car Club of America. They also spent years of fun boating at Smith Mountain Lake with family and friends.

Throughout her lifetime she was very involved with the church and its many activities, including the choir and various committees.

She is survived by her children, Vickie Belcher and Rebecca “Becky” Early; grandchildren, Renee Guerin and husband, Eric, Christopher Legg and wife, Misty, Sarah Belcher O’Keiff and husband, Conor, Matthew Belcher and companion, Julie Hannah, Benjamin Belcher and Katlyn Early; great-grandchildren, Amanda, Isabella and Sabien Guerin, Corin and Mason Legg, Conor and Elizabeth O’Keiff. She is also survived by her sister, Rita Jane “Janie” Miller Trobaugh and brother J. Richard Miller.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert C. Early and a daughter, Susan Early Legg; and her brothers, Raymond G. Miller, Jr. and Robert C. Miller; and a son-in-law, Dennis Irl Belcher.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 pm, on Friday, December 28, 2018 at Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

A committal service will be held at St. Jacob’s Spader’s Lutheran Church Cemetery 11:00 am, on Saturday, December 29, 2018 with Rev. Carrie Talbott officiating. A memorial service will follow at St. James United Methodist Church at 11:30 am.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. James United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 370, Pleasant Valley, Virginia 22848.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting


  • Vickie Belcher, Daughter
  • Rebecca "Becky" Early, Daughter
  • Renee Guerin & husband, Eric, Grandchild
  • Christopher Legg & wife, Misty, Grandchild
  • Sarah Belcher O'Keiff & husband, Conor, Grandchild
  • Matthew Belcher & companion, Julie Hannah, Grandchild
  • Benjamin Belcher, Grandchild
  • Katlyn Early, Grandchild
  • Amanda Guerin, Great Grandchild
  • Isabella Guerin, Great Grandchild
  • Sabien Guerin, Great Grandchild
  • Corin Legg, Great Grandchild
  • Mason Legg, Great Grandchild
  • Conor O'Keiff, Great Grandchild
  • Elizabeth O'Keiff, Great Grandchild
  • Rita Jane "Janie" Miller Trobaugh, Sister
  • J. Richard Miller, Brother
  • Robert "Bob" C. Early, Husband
  • Susan Early Legg, Daughter
  • Roberta Charlton Miller, Mother
  • Raymond Garber Miller, Father
  • Raymond G. Miller, Jr., Brother
  • Robert C. Miller, Brother
  • Dennis Irl Belcher, Son-in-law

  • St. James United Methodist Church


  • Visitation Friday, December 28, 2018
  • Committal Service Saturday, December 29, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 29, 2018

Rosa "Rosie" Lee (Miller) Early

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Red Front Supermarket

January 3, 2019

Red Front's delivery team always enjoyed making deliveries to Rosie, and will miss seeing her. Our prayers are with her family.

Laura Conklin

January 1, 2019

I so enjoyed working with Rosie in the Admissions Office at JMU. Rosie was always competent, professional, warm and happy! She was a blessing to all who worked with her and I know she has left a wonderful legacy in her dear family. My thoughts and prayers are with you in the coming days and months. Much love to you all!

Ann Egge

December 30, 2018

We will miss Rosie! She was a bright light and always wore a beautiful smile!!!
Her memorial service was very nice. Blessing to all the family and friends of Rosie!

Ginger Browning Usry

December 28, 2018

It's been 45 years since I worked as a student assistant in Admissions at Madison College. It was a wonderful experience working with all the ladies in Varner House. Good times......Good memories.

Scott & Lisa Kiracofe

December 28, 2018

We always enjoyed seeing Rosie & Bob at the family reunions. May the memories you created with your sweet mother/grandmother carry you through the difficult days ahead. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Scott & Lisa Kiracofe

Rosemary (Kaylor) and Whitney Critzer

December 27, 2018

I (Rosemary) worked with Rosie at JMU. I will always remember her friendly sweet personality to me and her beautiful smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Bob and Dianna Wimer Chandler

December 27, 2018

Dear Vickie and family,
We are so sorry to hear about your mommy's passing. May our sweet Jesus hold you in his arms of comfort and love. God's Blessings...Bob and Dianna Wimer Chandler

Richard Deadrick

December 27, 2018

To the family of Rosie please accept my condolences. I have known Rosie and Bob for many years and knew Rosie from JMU Admissions many years ago while with IBM. Rosie was such a sweet, wonderful person and such a pleasure to know. She was always so happy and made you feel like you were the center of the universe. She will be missed by family and friends and the world will miss her kind mannerism and openly shown love for other people. May she rest in everlasting peace.

Zandra and Donnie Miller

December 26, 2018

We were so sorry to hear of Aunt Rosie's Passing. She was such a wonderful and vibrant person and will truly be missed by each one of us in our own way. Our condolences and prayers are with each and everyone of the family.
Zandra and Donnie