Rosa Schofield Spivey

February 18, 1926January 25, 2018

Rosa Schofield Spivey, 91, died at her residence on Thursday, January 25, 2018. She was born in Macon on February 18, 1926 to John Shepley Schofield and Hazel Gaines Schofield. Rosa was named for her grandmother, Rosa Lee Gaines, who was legendary in her family as a manager of the Santon Hotel in Sandersville, Georgia and for her strong will and high standards, characteristics that Rosa inherited. Rosa was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Dr. Oscar Smith Spivey and her sister, Hazel S. Weed.

Rosa attended A.L. Miller High School and after graduating with a B.A. in Biology from Wesleyan College, taught primary school before her marriage in 1950 to Oscar, with whom she had been friends since childhood. After marriage, Rosa and Oscar moved to New Orleans LA, where Oscar completed his residency in Pediatrics. They returned to Macon in 1954 with their growing family, for whom she was a wonderful mother. She was always a great source of support to Oscar in his pediatric practice, often substituting for sick receptionists and maintaining the grounds around his office. Rosa became deeply involved in the city of Macon, a tireless volunteer participating in projects to benefit the schools and her community.

Rosa’s love of nature was a constant thread in the many civic projects to which she contributed, including the planting of the thousands of Yoshino Cherry trees that now grace Macon’s streets. Her efforts also led to the planting of trees throughout Macon’s parks, the development of school nature projects, the restoration of Washington Park, volunteer work in the city’s greenhouse and at the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences, and many downtown beautification projects. She was a Chairman and member of the Macon Tree Commission, founder of Macon’s Memorial Tree Program, a founding member of the Town and Country Garden Club, a member of the Junior League of Macon, a volunteer for the Keep Macon Bibb Beautiful Commission, and a member of the Board overseeing the grounds of the Riverside Cemetery.

Along the way, she earned her Master Gardener certification through the University of Georgia extension program. Her love of nature was evident in her plant-filled home, with its beautiful flowering gardens in a green wooded spot where she and Oscar spent many afternoons marveling at the beauty of the world.

Rosa’s volunteer efforts received national recognition when she became the recipient of the Scotts Miracle-Gro Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented to her at the March 2007 Philadelphia Flower Show, the world’s largest gathering of horticulturalists.

A kind and patient teacher, Rosa loved to share her passion for plants, gardening, and beautification of public spaces. The joy she found in growing things was instilled in all her children and grandchildren, each of whom in their different ways, are gardeners and share her affinity for the natural world and its beauty.

Rosa is survived by her children, Eugenia Spivey VanDerKloot (Bill), Oscar Smith Spivey, Jr. (Vicki), Rosa Schofield Spivey (John Steffens) and John Shepley Spivey. Her nine grandchildren survive her: Monroe Spivey, Oscar S. Spivey III, William VanDerKloot, John VanDerKloot, Gena Steffens, Leah Steffens, John S. Spivey, Jr., Mary Spivey and Rosalee Spivey; as does her brother, John Schofield (Jo).

In a lifetime full of wonderful friendships she felt blessed to come to know Lena Billingslea, Delois Jordan, LaShay Gibson, Hyacinth Rozier, Jane Sanders and Dorothy Gates, who came to her as caregivers but became her friends as well. Their professionalism and skills were only exceeded by their loving care for Rosa.

A celebration of her life will be held at 3:30 PM Wednesday, January 31 at Vineville United Methodist Church. The family will greet friends following the memorial service in the sanctuary. Burial will be private for family only in Riverside Cemetery. The Rev. Jimmy Duke and Dr. Marcus Tripp will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Children’s Hospital (Navicent Health, 777 Hemlock Street, Macon 31201), or that a tree be planted a tree in her memory.

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Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Cherry Street, has charge of arrangements.



  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, January 31, 2018


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Gena Steffens

February 1, 2018

Ro was the best imaginable grandmother to me, my sister and my cousins. She was generous, loving, supportive and dedicated to our family and her one true love Oscar, and was one of the most kind-hearted people I've ever known. She instilled in me a great love of nature, the outdoors, family, and the importance of being kind to others. Every day, I recognize ways that Ro has shaped my life and will always consider her to be one of my greatest role models. She made the world a better place through her volunteer service, her kind interactions with anyone who crossed paths with her, and her love for her family, close friends, and puppy dogs. The sweetest woman I've known, I feel so lucky to be her granddaughter. Ro is with me forever!!!! I love you Ro.


January 30, 2018

I am so sorry for the passing of your loved one. May the God of all comfort strengthen the family during this time of deep sorrow. My sincerest condolences. (Psalms 116:15)

Frances Rankin Inzer

January 30, 2018

My thoughts are with the family

January 30, 2018

John, I am so very sorry for you loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Sharon Fike

Fran Sanford

January 30, 2018

Dear Gena, Rody, and Spivey family,

We send our deepest condolences to all of you. I remember Daddy sitting in his chair in our family room telling us how Rosa was involved in planting trees in Macon. Since we are also a "tree" family, we greatly appreciate her tireless efforts to add trees to our community.

We will hold y'all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


Fran Holliday Sanford
Cordelia D. Holliday
Riley Holliday

January 29, 2018

May the God of all comfort strengthen the family during this time of deep sorrow. Those who pass on, God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. My sincerest condolences. (Psalms 116:15)

S. Wilson

January 29, 2018

So sorry for your loss. May prayer comfort the family. 1st Thessalonians 5:17

January 29, 2018

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time. 1 Corinthians 15:26.

Bill Walker

January 28, 2018

Lovely, lovely lady with a wide smile. Macon hospitality all the way. She will be missed by all.