Rosie Mae Westervelt was born at a time, 8/19/44, when women of color were ill fated to suffer atrocities of racism without recourse. Rosie was blessed with a stubbornness that would not allow her to be held back, coupled with a steadfast determination, strength and faith, which allowed her to defy the unwritten but well known restrictions placed on ‘colored’ folks in South Texas.
Those traits would prove paramount as she survived a marriage where her physical well being was in constant peril and yet she endured. She chose to sacrifice her happiness in order for her son, Marlon, to have the chance to see the world and have the seeds of possibility planted inside him. Rosie’s wishes came to fruition as they traveled extensively from various places in Europe, Washington State, South Carolina and eventually back to South Texas, where Rosie’s marriage met its long overdue demise.
She met Larry, the love of her life in Refugio, where they married and soon after moved to Corpus Christi, Tx. They found a church home at the Corpus Christi Christian Fellowship (CCCFellowship) and in true ‘never too old’ fashion she learned how to make sushi and embarked on a career path, special thanks to James and his wife for embracing, encouraging and teaching her!
It would be years later, at a time her son and daughter-in-law were in the midst of marital strife, when Rosie offered to take her eldest granddaughter, Morgen into her home. What was meant to be a temporary solution, ended up being Rosie’s second opportunity to nurture a child in need of love and guidance, but this time with a supportive husband and under different circumstances.The decision by her son to allow Morgen to stay was a selfless act based on who was in the best position to provide much needed stability in a faith filled environment. Rosie with Larry by her side stepped into this role with the grace befitting her tenured journey through countless challenges.
Rosie went home to her Lord and Savior on 8/27/21 and truth be told, the family thought about reaching out to her Trusted & Loved Pastor Don and Sister Marva Leavell to discuss and plan a funeral service…but the clarity of her words rang in their ears as she had expressed her viewpoint in the forthright manner that was her trademark: “I do not want to have any type of service when I pass. If people did not reach out and stay in touch, break bread with me and at the very least call me from time to time to see how I was doing, I’d prefer they not come and pretend I meant so much to them after I am no longer here.” That was Rosie to a ’T,’ and although her wishes are being honored, it bears stating that the lack of a service is in no way meant to disparage those who cared about, loved and cherished her.
Rosie Westervelt is survived by her son, Marlon, her grandchildren, Morgen, Tyler, Skylar and 4 beloved great grandchildren. To listen to a tribute performed by her grandson, Tyler Ransom go to www.tylerransom.com scroll down and click on the picture on his homepage. To support his music journey Venmo @tyler-ransom-0
For those of you who want to send a donation to the family you can make payable to and send to: Morgen Ransom, 7879 Abbey Place, San Antonio, Tx. 78218
Thank you to all of her true friends and family that celebrated her during her life. Your prayers are welcomed at this time. We ask that her memory be kept in your hearts and stories be shared and cherished.