Rousseau, 85, of Trellis Crossing, Richmond, went to be with her maker at home Sunday, October 16, 2011 after suffering from pulmonary fibrosis, a lung condition. She is survived by her beloved husband of 59 years, J. Frank Alspaugh; son, John F. Jr., a writer, and his wife, Patricia, of Los Angeles, Calif.; daughter, Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson, a television producer and charitable foundation executive, and husband, H. Read Jackson, and their son, Wyatt, of Hidden Hills, Calif.; and grandson, Christopher "Chris" Lawson of the U.S. Navy. Beloved "special" son, David Alspaugh, passed away in 1995. Brother, Judge Julius A. Rousseau Jr. and wife, Gary, of Wilkesboro, N.C., also survive. Sisters, Nelle (Mrs. J. Ruffin) Bailey of Raleigh, N.C., and Nancy (Mrs. Rear Admiral John S.) Kern, preceded her in death. A number of beloved nieces, nephews, in-laws and cousins survive. Mrs. Alspaugh was born in North Wilkesboro, N.C., on August 18, 1926, a daughter of Superior Court Judge Julius A. Rousseau Sr. and Gertrude Hall Rousseau. She graduated from high school there and went to Greensboro College in Greensboro, N.C., and received a B.A. degree in biology, graduating in 1947. She taught in the public schools of Gastonia, N.C., Lexington, N.C., and Salisbury, N.C. In 1951, she enrolled in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to work on a master's degree. Married in 1952, she devoted most of her time to rearing a family, with special attention being given to keeping special son, David, with the family at all times. She assisted her husband in his economic development work, when called for - as an example, the opening of Virginia's Brussels, Belgium Office in 1969 - to seek foreign investment and new jobs from foreign-affiliated firms. Such activities called for travel with Virginia governors and their wives, from time to time. She gave special attention to working alongside her husband, a board member, in promoting the development of Good Neighbor Village, a residential facility for retarded adults. She was a long-term member of the Kanawha Recreation Association and The Sleepy Hollow Civic Association.
The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Parham Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Rd. Mrs. Alspaugh was a member of the River Road United Methodist Church, 8800 River Road, where a funeral service in celebration of her life will be held at 12 noon Thursday. A reception will follow the funeral service in the Fellowship Hall until 2:15 p.m., then family and close friends will attend a burial service at Westhampton Memorial Park, 10000 Patterson Ave. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Good Neighbor Village, Inc., P.O. Box 38413, Richmond, Va. 23231; River Road United Methodist Church, 8800 River Road, Richmond, Va. 23229; or ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment), 19019 Ventura Blvd., Suite 200, Tarzana, Calif. 91356,
www.act-today.org. Online condolences at woodyfuneralhomeparham.com.
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.