Barbara Jean Rosser

MANSFIELD:  The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail. It’s precision and structure that elevates average to stunning. For Barb Rosser, meticulous care of the details ensured a complete big picture.

The big picture became perfect for Barb, as she passed into the Lord’s care Monday morning February 10, 2020 from her Mansfield home. She was 77.

Born Barbara Jean Reed on May 21, 1942 in Mansfield to Robert L. and Lois M. (Bechtel) Reed, she was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1960, and earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1965 from Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana.

For several years she taught fourth grade with Mansfield Christian School. In the 1970s, along with her husband Jim Rosser, she moved to Aiken, SC, where he was helping build a new plant for Therm-O-Disc and together they helped plant a new church: Grace Church of Aiken.

Blessed with a servant’s heart, Barb had the Spiritual Gift of mercy. She was thoughtful and personified hospitality.

Described as artistic, Barb was not a typical artist. Not given to interpretation or free-form, Barb’s art was structured and precise. She applied those steadied principles to her flower beds (horticulturally laying out the beds for seasonal changes) and her calligraphy (self-taught, yet professional). She later taught classes on calligraphy and was constantly showing mercy through a ministry of cards and notes.

Mistaken as an introvert, Barb loved arranging parties as well as the relationships in her small groups: the YaYas and the Dreamers.

Those that have grace have need to be called upon again and again to exercise grace and to improve in it. Be strong and of a good courage. Be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9) Barb Rosser, like Joshua, was humble and low in her own eyes, trusting in God, and his power, and promise. She formerly was a member of Berean Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband James Rosser; their daughter Bethany (Philip) Calendine of Mansfield; grandchildren Paige (Josh) Banks, Phoebe (Nolan) Neyer, Skyler Calendine, Dawson Calendine and Walker Calendine; a great granddaughter Perry Jean Neyer; sisters-in-law Gwen Rosser of Allentown, PA and  Carol Rosser of Jennings, FL; and nieces and nephews Julie (Ric) Palafox of Maynard, MA, Shelly Lee of Charlotte, NC, David (Crista) Rosser of Jennings, FL and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother-in-law Russell Rosser.

The Rosser family will hold a private memorial service and interment will be in Owl Creek Cemetery in Ankneytown. The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements.

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