OBITUARY

Rosa Mae Stephens

May 1, 1934April 28, 2021
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In the early morning hours of Wednesday, April 28, 2021 our beloved Rosa Mae Stephens slipped away from her earthly dwelling place to her heavenly home.

She was a native of Southampton County, Virginia. There she graduated from Southhampton High School. She is pre-decreased by her parents Jack and Lillie Mae Russell, Joe Stephens and Joey Stephens (Son).

At the age of 18, Rosa relocated to Norfolk, VA to advance her education. She lived with her Uncle Patrick Russell. Then she met and dated Joe Stephens. She accepted his marriage proposal in 1955. To this union 4 children were born.

Rosa started her career as a housekeeper for Dr. Horton. He encouraged her to train as a Nursing Assistance at DePaul Hospital, Norfolk VA. She also took courses at Norfolk State College. When she completed her CNA training she was hired by and retired with 30 years of service with DePaul.

Rosa received Christ at a very young age at Shiloh Baptist Church in Boykin, Virginia. She was truly a walking angel who extended herself to everyone she met. She was a dedicated member of Gideon’s Riverside Fellowship under the leadership of Dr. Milton A. Reid and New Covenant Fellowship Baptist Church, Rev. Clyde L. Doxey, Jr. As a dedicated member of New Covenant, she served in numerous capacities; Deaconess, Pastor’s Aide, Missions, and Woman’s Ministry. She loved her Pastor and church members dearly. She continued to attend church until her health declined.

We will miss her because we loved her, but we find comfort in knowing that “to be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord. May our blessed Rosa rest forever in the peace of God of whom she dearly believed in.

She leaves her legacy of love to her daughter Lavern Jackson (Jay) San Antonio, TX; sons Rory Stephen (Angela) Norfolk, VA and Donald Stephen (Felicia) Norfolk, VA. Siblings Jack Russell (Brother) Franklin, VA, Dora Bryant (Sister) Oak City NC., Beatrice Allen (Sister) Norfolk, VA, Thelma Richardson (Sister) Norfolk, VA, Emma Bottom (Sister) Franklin VA. Eleven Grand-children and twenty-four Great-grandchildren.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Adrian West
  • Glen Thornton
  • Ken Thornton
  • Kendal Jefferson
  • Philron Lee
  • Cory Doxey

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, May 7, 2021

  • A Celebration of Life

    Saturday, May 8, 2021

Memories

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Gladys Massenburg

May 7, 2021

Please know that the Lord never makes a mistake. He didn't want his child to suffer any longer, so he took her in his arms where she will never hurt again. Praise God even in your sorrow . Rose is happy in the Lord. You all have my deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother. Love you all . Aunt Gladys

Joel Stephens

May 7, 2021

Joel Stephens

May 7, 2021

Joel Stephens

May 7, 2021

Annette Arrington

May 7, 2021

RIH Ms. Rosa. My condolences to the family. May God continue to Bless and surround your family with love at this difficult time. It's been a long time since I've seen her, but I remember the love she displayed to all that she came in contact with. She was one of the Mothers of Calvary Park that made the community safe. She gave guidance, and wisdom to all that she came in contact with. Family keep the Faith and remember she love you more than her words could ever say. To God Be The Glory!!!!

Tina Sumlin

May 4, 2021

May your mother Rest In Peace and know you will see her on the other side. We will continue to lift you and your family up in prayer

Love you
Tina & Avis

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