OBITUARY

Rosemary King Rooks

March 5, 1941June 10, 2018
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Mrs. Rooks, 77, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family. Rosemary loved the Lord. She was a loving wife and mother, and she adored her twelve grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. Rosemary retired from the Virginia Employment Commission in 1994.

Left to cherish her memory is her loving husband and caregiver, Albert Rooks, her beloved furbaby, Lil'Bit, and her six children, Lisa Gregory, Myra Labens (James), Barbara Hollis (Wayne), Alice Livesay (John), James Rooks (Vicki) and Bill Rooks. She is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and her best friend Gertrude Rooks.

A memorial service will be held at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Smith and Williams Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel with a visitation 1 hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers please make donations to St. Jude's Children's Hospital or Operation Smile.

  • FAMILY

  • Albert R Rooks, Husband
  • Lisa Gregory, Daughter
  • Myra Labens, Daughter
  • James Zerfoss, Myra's Fiance
  • Barbara Hollis, Daughter
  • Wayne Hollis, Barbara's Husband
  • Alice Livesay, Daughter
  • John Livesay, Alice's Husband
  • James Rooks, Son
  • Vicki Rooks, James' Wife
  • Bill Rooks, Son
  • Lil'Bit -, furbaby
  • Gertrude Rooks, Best Friend
  • She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
  • DONATIONS

  • St. Jude's Children's Hospital
  • Operation Smile

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, June 12, 2018
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, June 12, 2018
REMEMBERING

Rosemary King Rooks

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Susie Kangas

June 12, 2018

I want to thank Rose for being a mother to my children when they moved from Florida to Virginia Beach. They told me that you took care of all of them (including the grandchildren) when I couldn't! I love you for that! And don't worry Rose, I will do my best to be there for our beautiful daughter Myra and our grandchildren. I can never replace you, but I will never let the grands and great grands forget you (as if Myra would ever let that happen). I love you Rose and I know you are not in pain any more! Vaya Con Dios!!

Tina Swathwood

June 12, 2018

I know that it seems like a sad ending of a life, but I have faith that your mom is on a wondrous journey free from the ailments that plagued her here on Earth. Hers was a good and blessed life and the happiness and joy that she brought to all of us will live on in her memory.

I think that mothers are one of God's greatest blessings, and your mom was no exception. Her sweet smile, her keen sense of style, her kindness and concern for all those around her, and the love that she always showed as a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother will surely be missed, but never ever forgotten.

Danielle Alexander

June 12, 2018

Another Angel to watch over us!!!! Rose will be missed by all...and I am eternally grateful to her for sharing Her daughter and grand-daughters with us as they became my sister and nieces...We will watch out for them....Fly High Rosemary....Until we meet again!!!!

Marlena Cherowitzo

June 12, 2018

Rose was an amazing woman. She raised a wonderful woman (MYRA) that eventually became my sister! Rose also had a hand in raising 2 more wonderful young women, (ASHLEY and SHELBY). I don’t have a lot of memories of Rose, but what I do have is living proof of her love, guidance and support of these 3 wonderful women that became my family! So, if not for Rose, I would not have gained a sister and 2 beautiful niece’s! I am eternally grateful for what you have given me! You will be missed greatly by all whose lives you touched! Rest In Peace sweet Rose, until we all meet again someday!

Lucy Benefiel

June 12, 2018

My sincere condolences to all her family.. May God Bless You All during this time....

Sheryl Bennett

June 11, 2018

Rose was always kind and loving to Ray and I. She and Al helped us when Ray was sick. She had a good heart and always made me laugh with her sense of humor. I will always remember how she loved her family, her fur babies and her close friends. It was so apparent that Al was her forever sweetheart❤️❤️And she loved Jesus. She would tell me she wanted to be a better person, but I just saw and reminded her of the good person she already was. You will be missed by so many, but we will see you soon.

Ashley Labens

June 10, 2018

My Mammaw was my world. She was always, always, there for me. She never once judged me, always had my back. She was my rock! My Mammaw has helped me and encouraged me to grow in my life. I have too many amazing memories to list.

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Biography

Mrs. Rooks, 77, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family. Rosemary loved the Lord. She was a loving wife and mother, and she adored her twelve grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. Rosemary retired from the Virginia Employment Commission in 1994.

Left to cherish her memory is her loving husband and caregiver, Albert Rooks, her beloved furbaby, Lil'Bit, and her six children, Lisa Gregory, Myra Labens (James), Barbara Hollis (Wayne), Alice Livesay (John), James Rooks (Vicki) and Bill Rooks. She is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and her best friend Gertrude Rooks.

A memorial service will be held at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Smith and Williams Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel with a visitation 1 hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers please make donations to St. Jude's Children's Hospital or Operation Smile.