Rosie Lee Harden Ricketts, 98, passed away peacefully on Jan. 1, 2016.
She was born July 6, 1918, in Griffin Hollow, near Watertown, Tennessee. She was the youngest of four children born to Daniel Columbus Harden and his wife Nora Parthenia Jones Harden.
All her older siblings and their spouses have preceded her in death: her older brother Velmer Harden and his wife Delma; brother Loy and wife Flora; sister Nellie Mae Harden Allen and husband Charlie Neal Allen. Also preceding her in death are her husband of 67 years, Raymond Ricketts; two children, Nelda Ann Ricketts and Charles Raymond Ricketts; one nephew, Kenneth Ricketts.
Surviving Rosie are son David Layne Ricketts and wife Sherron; daughter Carol Rose Ricketts; granddaughters Beth Crawford and Jill Crawford; brother-in-law Howell Layne Ricketts and wife Mattie Ann; nieces, Linda Buhler and husband Don Buhler; Kendra Ricketts; Rhonda Shelton and husband Todd; nephews Don Allen; William Ricketts; Eddie Ricketts and wife Lisa; Tony Ricketts and wife Jan; a very special friend, Virginia Brookshire; and several great nieces and nephews.
Rosie lived her early life in Watertown, Tennessee, but spent many years living in Bristol, Tennessee, where she enjoyed her family, friends, and activities. Always very involved with her children's activities, she participated in many church and school activities. She was also a member of The Order of The Eastern Star and was a Grand Matron of her Eastern Star Chapter. Rosie attended Steed Business College and East Tennessee State University and was a long time employee of Sullivan County Farm Bureau, where she assisted in administration of Blue Cross/Blue Shield Insurance. Her sincerity and her warm personality, as well as her business training served her well in this capacity. She enjoyed traveling and was able to travel extensively all over the Continental US, Hawaii and Canada. When she was 84, she relocated from Bristol, Tennessee to Marion, North Carolina and spent the remainder of her life in Marion. Rosie was a lifelong Baptist, and was always an active church member.
A family service will be held at Hunter Funeral Home in Watertown, Tennessee on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017.
Visitation will be at 1 p.m, and the funeral service at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Jones Hill Cemetery in Watertown. In lieu of flowers, the family requests the memorials be made to The Bus Fund at First Baptist of Marion, 99 North Main Street, Marion, NC 28752. Hunter Funeral Home, (615) 237-9318.