Rose Mary Elzey

August 16, 1936February 12, 2019
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Rose Mary (Lloyd) Elzey, 82, of Lafayette, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at the Franciscan Health Center in Lafayette. She was born on August 16, 1936, a daughter of the late Willowdean (Everett "Coxie") Bowman in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Ms. Elzey graduated from Ossian High School in 1954 and then attended Indiana University, Fort Wayne. She moved to Lafayette and worked at Purdue University until she retired. Rose Mary worked with adopting Greyhounds, was involved with her church, loved reading, quilting, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. Rose Mary raised three children, Richard Scott (Deanna) Elzey of Markle, Indiana, Dale (Kathy) Elzey of Newnan, Georgia, and Claudine Elzey of Portland, Oregon. She is also survived by two grandchildren; Cory (Stephanie) Elzey of Uniondale, Indiana, and Laura Elzey of Knoxville, Tennessee; one great grandson, Morrison of Uniondale; one sister, Anita (Boyd) Byerly of Ossian; and nephews, Kirt (Vicki) Byerly of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Lee Byerly of Wilmington, North Carolina. A Service of Remembrance will be 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home, 120 West Mill St., Ossian, with visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m. until services begin. Burial will be at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Ossian. Memorial donations may be made to Family Promise of Greater Lafayette, 2010 Elmwood, Ave., Lafayette, Indiana (47904).


  • Family Promise of Greater Lafayette



  • Visitation Sunday, February 17, 2019
  • Service of Remembrance Sunday, February 17, 2019


  • Final Resting : Oak Lawn Cemetery

Rose Mary Elzey

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Valerie Wilson Jackson

February 15, 2019

Scott and family, Thinking of you at this sad time. Cherish the memories. God bless. Valerie

Shari Gass

February 15, 2019

Rose Mary was one of my first yoga students back when I was teaching in my home. We went on a couple of yoga retreats together. She attended classes twice and sometimes three times a week. In the last couple of years she was game to try headless headstand using chairs at a yoga workshop.

I never heard her say a negative word. She was always fun and upbeat and had a twinkle in her eye. Rose Mary was always game for the next adventure. She was always kind.

She definitely had a flair for fashion. Many of us commented on the wonderful hat she wore to class a few weeks ago. When I was going to the Kentucky Derby she provided my hat. She invited me to her house to find just the right one.

I'm going to miss seeing her every week. I will hold her in my heart with a smile and love. She had a lot to teach in the way she led her life.

Mark Middaugh

February 15, 2019

She was one of my most favorite people of my life time. She was an absolute blast and will be missed by me and many others... Get Her , Anita, and Willie together and you had better watch out, lol