On May 20, God called home His faithful servant Rosemarie McEwan, 84, of Hazlehurst. She battled Parkinson’s Disease and Dementia over the past four years, and was lovingly cared for by her daughter and the staff at Vista Park Health & Rehabilitation Center in Douglas.
Rosemarie was born March 25, 1938, in Parkersburg, W.V., to Edwin Luther Dailey and Nellie Hughes Dailey. She is proceeded in death by her parents; sister Regina Muzik: niece Renee Shepard; and husbands Donald J. Proehl and Alex C. McEwan.
Survivors include her daughter Gretchen (Stan) Taylor of Hazlehurst, Leanna V. Proehl of Brookhaven; grandson, Ben Taylor of Jacksonville, Fla.; grandchildren, AJ and Alexa Taylor of Lancaster, Penn.; brothers Ray (Mary) Dailey of Columbus, Ohio, and Ron Dailey of Franklin, N.C.; several nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews; and great-great nieces and nephews.
Rosemarie was a graduate of Marion Franklin H.S., Columbus, Ohio, and attended Lee College, Cleveland, Tenn. She was a member of Pine Castle UMC, Orlando, Fla., for 27 years and a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church, Hazlehurst.
Rosemarie was a strong woman of faith, a prayer warrior, an encourager and an overcomer. She never knew a stranger and always had a heart for the needs of others. Growing up in a musical family she loved to gather with family and friends around the piano to sing, and taking photos at occasions to make “Memory books” for others. She was a lover and collector of all things “Popeye.” For over 50 years she visited nursing homes – calling BINGO, leading activities and sharing the love of God. She was blessed to have enjoyed two pilgrimages to Israel … walking where Jesus walked.
Rosemarie’s gifts of “gab” and decorating served her well during her 30+ years career with Home Interiors & Gifts (Senior Unit Director), and Senior Unit Director with Parklane Jewelry in her latter years before her health declined. In 2008, upon moving to Hazlehurst from Orlando, Fla., Rosemarie began a “No Hats Society” – a gathering of women who enjoyed fellowship and ministering to one anothers’ needs during outings, luncheons, home visits with shut-ins and a prayer/card ministry. She enjoyed being a member of Hazlehurst UMC Prayer group. When she was no longer able to speak due to the effects of Parkinson’s, she ministered to others through closing her eyes and praying.
Rosemarie was loved by many and will be dearly missed. She would want you to receive Jesus as your Savior, live a life serving others in His name while on earth, and join her one day with the saints who have gone before us to praise and worship our mighty God for eternity.
A celebration of life was held at Consolation Baptist Church, Baxley, May 25. The Rev. Stan Taylor officiated.
Honorary pallbearers were all friends and family in attendance.
Active pallbearers were Ben S. Taylor, Jeff Dailey, D.J. Highum, Anden Dowdy, Skyler Spirnak and Noah Highum.
Music was rendered by Rosemarie’s family and friend Jeffery Spell.
Interment was at Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family thanks Vista Park, Coffee Regional Medical Center and Bethany Hospice Staff, all of Douglas, for their loving and compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions, in memory of Rosemarie McEwan, be made Vista Park Health & Rehabilitation Center – Activities Program, 1319 Ocilla Road, Douglas, Ga., 31533, or Gideon’s International.
Rosemarie’s family may be contacted at 393 Douglas Highway, Hazlehurst.
Wainright-Parlor Funeral Home was in charge,