Rosa Lee Belcher Palmer of Rossville, Georgia passed away peacefully on August 19, 2021.
She was preceded in her death by her husband of 69 years, John A. Palmer, Sr., and is survived by her four children, John A. Palmer Jr., Pamela Palmer Wehmeyer (Steve), Patricia Palmer, and Susan Palmer Khayat (Phillip), nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and one sister Jodie Graves.
Rosa was born in Tellico Plains, Tn., on Nov. 14, 1933. After high school, she moved to Chattanooga where she met her husband. His banking profession soon took them to Tuscaloosa, Al., and West Point, Ga. In 1959, his career brought them to Rossville, where they raised their family and enjoyed the rest of their lives.
For years, Rosa was involved with her neighborhood Garden Club, planning and conducting meetings while making many lifelong friends. Rosa was very active in the Order of the Eastern Star Pocahontas Chapter #165 in Rossville and even worked her way to position of Worthy Matron. She was so happy to have family members, including children and grandchildren, by her side at her installation ceremony. Rosa felt very proud of her four successful children and knew she played a huge part in their success due to her loving nature. As they were growing up, Rosa spent much time participating in her children’s events - taking them to their various lessons and sports games, and rarely missing an opportunity to support them. Rosa loved dining at her favorite restaurant, the Walden Club, with her husband and their friends from the bank and their church.
After the children were grown and out of the house, Rosa devoted her time as a volunteer at Hutcheson Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe. Also, during retirement, she and her husband traveled in the U.S. and Europe where she experienced her dream of touring castles. Rosa was first and foremost a family woman - they always came first. She hosted decades of Christmas and Thanksgiving family gatherings and expected all to attend church with her when they were in town. Their church home was Rossville First Baptist Church, where they attended regularly. Rosa was described as a sweet soul, yet she maintained a fierce attitude of protection of her family. Her dry sense of humor and great love for her own will be greatly missed.
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Due to the current pandemic, the family will be holding a private graveside service.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children.
Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home, Battlefield Parkway.