Ora Payne Rossman, 94, of Williamsburg, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Feb. 4, 2013. She was born Nov. 24, 1918, in Huddleston, a daughter of Johnnie Ward Payne and Mary Mitchell Payne. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul L. Rossman; four brothers, George, Osby, Hoyt, and Kermit; as well as two sisters, Cammie Akers and Hessie P. Howell.
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Mrs. Rossman was a graduate of Huddleston High School. She began working at C&P Telephone Company, and after three years, she embarked upon her nursing career at Elks National Home Hospital in Bedford for three years and at Eastern State Hospital in Williamsburg, retiring after 34 years of service.
She is survived by daughter, Shirley R. Jones, and husband, Mark D. Jones Sr.; grandchildren, Mark D. Jones Jr. and Melissa Lynn Jones; two great-grandchildren, Matthew and Sydney Jones; twin sister, Odessa P. Martin of Bedford; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Feb. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. A graveside service and interment will be held on Friday, Feb. 8, at 12 p.m. in Greenwood Cemetery, 1104 Longwood Ave., Bedford, with a family gathering one hour prior at Trinity Baptist Church, 947 Lyle St., Bedford.
The family sincerely appreciates the nurses and staff at Colonial Manor, especially Amy and Yolanda, for their care of Ora. Memorial contributions may be made to Williamsburg Christian Church, 200 John Tyler Lane, Williamsburg VA 23188. Online condolences may be expressed at www.nelsencares.com.
Published in Virginia Gazette from Feb. 6 to Mar. 5, 2013