Rosamond "Roz" Cromer (1927 - 2013)

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Rosamond "Roz" Mulhall Cromer

July 1, 1927

January 4, 2013

Rosamond "Roz" Mulhall Cromer, 85, died on Jan. 4, 2013, at her residence.

A native of Boston, Mass, she was born July 1, 1927 to William J. and Elizabeth Higgins Mulhall. Her sister Patricia Mulhall preceded her in death on March 27, 1948.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Ralph Payne Cromer, and her great grandson, Matthew.

Roz is survived by her children, including son Derek J. Cromer, Reno; daughters Patricia E. Cromer, Esq., Encinitas, Calif.; Deborah P. Cromer, Esq., Los Angeles, Calif.; Robbin Cromer-Tyler, M.D. and son-in-law James E. Tyler, Bishop, Calif.

She also is survived by her grandchildren and their spouses: Jon and Alison Olsen, Reno; Christie Patton, Ozark, Ala.; Tige and Kate Daane, Santa Ana, Calif.; Paige and Brent Huntington, Three Rivers, Calif.; as well as great grandchildren who amused, amazed, and delighted her through her last days: Madisen and Tanner Patton, Leah and Isabel Olsen, and Brandon and Josephine "Joey" Huntington.

Roz has lived in Reno since 1964 and served the community in many ways. She was President of the 20th Century Club from 1975-1977; was a long-time member of the Reno chapter of PEO International; and served in many roles for the Girls Scouts of America, including Neighborhood Chairman, Troop Organizer, and Scout Leader. She was also a Den Mother for the Reno/Sparks Boy Scouts of America.

She served as president of the Parent and Teacher Organization of Washoe County and was a frequent room mother at Jessie Beck and Anderson Elementary Schools, as well Reno Montessori School.

Roz was active in the Washoe Medical Auxiliary, the St. Mary's Community Foundation, and the Republican Women's Club of Reno.

She also supported her husband Ralph's work with Kiwanis International, the Mt. Rose and Sunrisers Kiwanis clubs, Junior Olympics track and field program, Free and Accepted Masons of Nevada, and the Reno Elks Lodge. Roz and Ralph led the fundraising effort for the Sierra Nevada Girl Scouts headquarters building.

Roz was active in her church throughout her life, serving as nursery supervisor and Girls Auxiliary leader at both North Miami and Farmingdale (NY) Baptist churches; and as chair of Religious Education and Youth Leader at First Baptist Church of Reno.

She was graduated from Miami Edison High School, Miami, Fla., and attended both Florida State College for Women, now FSU in Tallahassee, Fla., and Barry College, now Barry University in Miami, Fla.

Roz will be buried at Masonic Memorial Gardens. A celebration of her life is scheduled for Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 1 pm at Five Star Premier Residences of Reno (also known as Classic Residences), 3201 Plumas Street, Reno, NV 89509.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established with Reno-Sparks Kiwanis Bike Program, which was established by her husband Ralph as KARE, a reading support program for at-risk K-12 students in the Reno/Sparks area, and the Committee to Aid Abused Women (CAAW). Kiwanis Bikes donations can be sent to c/o Sparks Kiwanis, 561 Keystone #246, and Reno, NV 89503. The phone at the shop is

775-337-1717or www.kiwanisbikes.org. The address for CAAW is 1735 Vassar Street Reno, NV 89502 and the email address is www.caaw.org

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Jan. 16, 2013
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