Rose Ellen Chenoweth, 87, of Lynn, passed away peacefully with her son by her side, Thursday, February 7, 2013 at Southview Hospital, Dayton, Ohio.
She was born July 1, 1925 in Randolph County, the only daughter of Harley and Melva Trimble's six children. She was a 1943 graduate of Lynn High School, marrying Robert VanDevanter and starting her family after graduation. Ten years later, while running the Psi Iota Day Care Center in Muncie, she returned to school at Ball State University earning a teachers degree, then continued her education and received a Master's Degree in early childhood development from Indiana State University while directing their preschool program. She was especially proud to have been given the opportunity to start the preschool program on the Island of Kaua'i, Hawaii in 1968. Returning in 1969 to Indiana State University, she taught until retiring in 1983.
Ramblin' Rose loved to travel and visited all 50 states plus Great Britain. She stopped only long enough to become a certified Ringling Brother's clown in Sarasota, Fla.
She leaves behind her son, Alan VanDevanter (wife, Brenda) of Springboro, Ohio; a grandson, Scott VanDevanter (wife, Samantha) of Dayton, Ohio; a granddaughter, Carla Alexus (husband, David) and great grandchildren, Cain and Mathew all of Aurora, Colo.; her Chenoweth family, Bradley Chenoweth (wife, Sharon), Gayle Kitchner (husband, Clarence), Barbara Coney, Bryan Chenoweth and Patricia Rosenberg (husband, Jay); and her Kentucky family, Patty Ann Monarch (husband, Jerry), Jerry Monarch (wife, Tracey) and Sherry McCoslin (husband, Jack).
She was preceded in death by her grandson, Jason C. VanDevanter; a daughter, Pamela Ellen Bingham; and her husband, George W. Chenoweth.
A memorial service to celebrate Rose Ellen's life is 11 a.m. Saturday at Lynn Friends Church with Pastor Scott Miller officiating.
Family and friends may gather to share and remember one hour prior to services at the church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wilsonshookfuneralhomes.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lynn Friends Church or the American Breast Cancer Foundation. Envelopes will be provided at the church.
Published in the Winchester News-Gazette from Feb. 13 to Feb. 16, 2013