Mary Elizabeth (Smith) Rosser

July 9, 1923 ~ April 30, 2020 (age 96)


Mary Elizabeth Smith Rosser, age 96, of Sanford, NC, was welcomed to her Heavenly Home on Thursday, April 30, 2020.  She passed peacefully at Parkview Retirement Center in Sanford.

She was born in Chatham County, NC on July 9, 1923 to the late Mallie Colon Smith and Ola Gilchrist Smith.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 27 years, Eugene Rosser and siblings J.C. Smith, Joe Smith, Ben Smith, Clifton Smith, Inez McKinnie and Elouise Smith.  Mrs. Rosser worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Central Carolina Hospital, was one of the first Teachers’ Aides in the Sanford City Schools, worked for Sears, the Cooperative Extension Office and was an active member of Shallow Well Church.

She is survived by daughters Harriet Rosser Carter and husband Winslow of Durham, Connie Rosser Riddle of Durham, Peggy Rosser Mann and husband Charles Lee Mann, Jr. “Chuck” of Sanford; brother, Junior C. Smith of Lillington; grandchildren Emily Carter, Andrew Carter, Brooks Riddle, Ross Riddle, Mary Ashley Matsik, Laurel Billings and Clarke Mann; and 8 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Saturday, May 9, 2020 in the Parlor of Shallow Well Church from 10:00 AM until the graveside service - which will begin at 11:30 AM.

In lieu of ordering a tree please consider memorials, in Mrs. Rosser’s memory, to Shallow Well Church, Community Mission Fund, 1220 Broadway Road, Sanford, NC 27332.

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May 9, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:15 AM
Parlor of Shallow Well Church

Graveside Service
May 9, 2020

11:30 AM
Shallow Well Cemetery

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