Rosella E. Martin

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MARTIN, Rosella E. 92, of Springfield passed away on Thursday, November 03, 2011 in Oakwood Village. She was born February 10, 1919 in Rockwood, Tennessee, the daughter of Willis and Belle (Poole) Martin. Rosie was a member of the Emery Chapel United Methodist Church. She retired from the Springfield City Schools with twenty-seven years of service as secretary to the Principal and ten years of service as secretary to the Superintendent of the schools. Rosie was a member of the Springfield Rotary Club since 1988 and had served the organization since 1956. She was proud to be the first lady Rotarian in the Springfield club and served as Secretary/Treasurer from 1988 to 2005 when she retired. She was a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary. Rosie was also a member of Community Hospital Auxiliary, The Springfield Museum of Art, The Clark County Historical Society, Women's Auxiliary of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the Woman's Town Club and Elderly United. She was cited as a recipient of the Alumni of Distinction Award for 2010 by Springfield High School. Her survivors include her sister, Judy Martin Harris of Bradenton, Florida; nieces, Denise Womble of Sarasota, Florida and Michelle Martin; nephews, Jim and Tom Martin, all of Cincinnati, Ohio; special friends: Gary Womble and Ron and Sally White, as well as a host of many other friends who all loved her dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Madge M. Steele, and brother, Dr. Fred T. Martin. Although Rosie never had children of her own, her sister Judy and niece Denise became her surrogate family, as did the families of Lynn MacBeth Turner and Marilyn Young. Her biography at the Historical Society states that she guided more than 50,000 students through Springfield South High School and the Springfield School system. Private graveside services will be held in the Ferncliff Cemetery. A Reception and Memorial Service that will be open to all friends will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Oakwood Village Community Center, 1500 Villa Rd. The family is being served by the LITTLETON & RUE FUNERAL HOME. It is requested in lieu of flowers that contributions be made to the Springfield Rotary Foundation Children's Christmas Fund, 735 North Limestone Street, Springfield, OH 45503. You may express condolences to the family at www.littletonandrue.com

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Published in Springfield News-Sun from Nov. 4 to Nov. 6, 2011
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