Obituary for Rosie Harris (Young)
Rosie Lee Harris, 76, of Salem, gained her angel wings on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. She had a smile that would light up any room, always had a kind word, but most of all she had an infectious sense of humor and laugh. Rosie was full of life. She and the love of her life of 52 years, Lonnie, traveled the world. They have seen so many places and shared so much in her short 76 years. She had a zest for life and loved to have fun.
When her kids were little, they traveled all over in a pop-up camper. Rosie pulled that camper everywhere in their big green 1978 Cadillac. With Elvis rocking on the radio, or 8 track tape back then, they had the time of their life. Rosie loved the beach. She had seen beaches all up and down the east coast, even Cancun and the Bahama’s, but she always said Myrtle Beach was her favorite. In the 1990’s they started riding a motorcycle and joined the Honda Goldwing group, Chapter K. They made lots of friends, had the best of times, traveled all over, even once making a 30 day round trip of the entire United States. Those were some of the best times of their lives.
Rosie and Lonnie had a love unlike most will ever have or know. They were like newlyweds up to the end. They loved each other unconditionally. Even the days leading up to Rosie’s departure, as many came to visit, she greeted them with a smile, but when Lonnie stood by her side, her eyes would light up and she had the biggest smile of all. He was her heart.
They were a very close family, spending nearly every weekend having a get together, with endless pool parties at their home. In July 2014 they held a family baptism in the pool. The kids and grandkids went on countless vacations with them. They enjoyed their family and especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. During the last few years when Rosie’s health was declining, she could be feeling quite ill, but if one of the grandkids came in she perked right up and smiled as if nothing was ever wrong.
Rosie was a warm, kind, caring soul. She never met a stranger. Lonnie told many people “if you ever meet her, you will never forget her” and he is so right. Whether you met her one time or you knew her for years, she left a lasting impression on you. She was a kid at heart and loved to make people laugh or smile. Rosie was also very strong willed and had an immense passion for living life.
Left to cherish her memory is the love of her life for the past 52 years, Lonnie Harris; daughters, Rosemary Waller, Debbie Bradley, and Cathy Kidd and their spouses; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren that were the light of her life.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Friday, October 6, 2017 at John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home, Salem. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the funeral home. An interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park.
Although the family's hearts are completely broken here on earth and they will miss her dearly. They take peace in knowing that she was saved and loved the Lord. They can all rest easy knowing there is a beautiful new angel in Heaven sharing that unforgettable smile with Jesus.