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Rosalie Evelyn Wellman McCoy

December 11, 1938 ~ January 22, 2018 (age 79)

Rosalie Evelyn Wellman McCoy – born December 11, 1938 in Akron, Colorado to George Earnest and Mary Josephine Moore Wellman - died January 22, 2018.  She was one of 12 children born to George and Mary Josephine.  She was married to Edward Wayne McCoy and mother of Joy (Charles) Clark, Lance McCoy, and Kim (Bruce) Kuerten and loving grandmother to Chris, Sam (deceased), and Cassandra Clark and Devon and Bethany Kuerten and great-grandmother to Trenton Clark.

She was cherished by her family, who sought to live up to the high standards she set.  A high school dropout, she raised a family, helped her husband study for every college exam, from his bachelor’s through his PhD, and; when her children were in high school, completed her GED and earned a college degree.

She worked for the Auburn Adult education program and East Alabama Services for the Elderly (EASE).  In the early 1980’s she worked for Catholic Relief Services in a refugee camp on the Thai – Cambodia border, working specifically with displaced children.  When she returned to the US she began her own business.   Later she worked with her son-in-law at Mr. Gatti’s in Auburn.

She never met anyone she wasn’t willing to help, from caring for her own mother until she passed away, to giving money she didn’t have to help a stranger on the side of the road.  

In her later years she was known by many drivers on Highway 14 for riding her Kubota tractor, bush hogging and keeping her property clean.

She will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you reach out and care for others, help a stranger, adopt a stray animal and give extra hugs to your parents.

 

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