Rosa Travis
1947 - 2020
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Rosa Travis
Newberry - Rosa Campbell Travis of Gainesville, FL, loving Mother and Nana, died at age 72, on October 11, 2020. Rosa was born on October 21, 1947, in Lumberton, North Carolina to A.B. Campbell and Edna Odom Campbell. She attended Campbell University in Buies Creek North Carolina. On August 22, 1967, she married Roger Dale Travis. Together, they raised their two sons, Michael and Brian, and daughter, Gia. They moved to Gainesville in 1974 and loved the community ever since. Rosa's true passion was her family and the Real Estate profession. When she was not enjoying time with her family, or at her beach condo at Crescent Beach, you could find her rooting for the Florida Gators, especially basketball. She was Captain of the Gator Tip-Off Club and a season ticket holder for years.
She loved serving hundreds of families as a Realtor for 42 years and mentoring her agents. She started Matchmaker Realty in 1984 and continuously served as a broker until her passing. Throughout her years, she practiced virtually all areas of Real Estate, everything from new construction, property management, CAM, commercial transactions, and of course residential resales. She gave back to the Gainesville-Alachua County Association Realtors serving and chairing numerous committees. She also served on the board of directors for many years, then as Treasurer, and ultimately President of the MLS. In addition to being an RPAC major investor, she was GACAR's Realtor of the Year and achieved the prestigious NAR Realtor Emeritus status. Rosa was a pillar in the Real Estate community respected by all for her professionalism, ethics, and leadership.
She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi and the Gainesville Women's Club. She and Roger always supported the Boys Club and The Girls Place where their children were so active and held special places in their hearts. Rosa was preceded in death by her husband Roger Dale Travis; her father, A.B.; her mother, Edna; her brother, Jack; and her son; Michael. She is survived by her two children, Brian Travis and his wife Elle of Huntington Beach, California; Gia Arvin and her husband Scott of Gainesville; her daughter-in-law Allison Travis of Wilmington, North Carolina; and her grandchildren, Hannah, Jackson, Ruby, Rhett, Lucia, and Avery. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Girls Place or the Boys & Girls Club. Please visit her memorial page at

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Published in Gainesville Sun from Oct. 17 to Oct. 18, 2020.
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October 23, 2020
The Gates of Heaven open wide.
Roger is waiting just inside.
The Angels sing their welcome song.
Rosa Travis is coming home.
Paul Sigmon
October 18, 2020
We was a terrific lady, Realtor, and Broker. She loved her family and their time together. I will miss her tremendously. A true lovely lady.
Joyce Dorval
October 18, 2020
I did not have the chance to meet Rosa, but have had the privilige of coming to know her daughter, Gia, who was our realtor for the house we now live in. , and for that I am grateful. I heard a lot about Rosa in the short time I traveled through the Gainesville area with Gia and feel like I knew her. I am so sorry for the untimely loss of her.
Bonnie Parsons
October 18, 2020
I knew Rosa through our real estate family. She was always kind and gracious. Her and Roger will be sorely missed. Condolences to their entire family!!
Robin A. Schwartz
October 18, 2020
Rosa was a wonderful matriarch and mentor. She had a way of making me feel like I belonged as soon as I started working at Matchmaker. I didn't get to spend much time with her, but I enjoyed my time with her and I always learned something. She was a treasure for our Matchmaker family and our community and will sorely be missed. Gia, I know you will miss her and Roger every single day, but I hope you can find some peace in knowing how you do them proud every single day. Rosa was very proud of her legacy, but especially of her family and grand babies.
Rae Hancock
October 18, 2020
I will always cherish my memories of Rosa, Roger and their family. She was always there for me in my most difficult times. I am sad but know heaven is celebrating.
Sandra Haufler Sontag
October 18, 2020
Gia, our condolences to you and your family in the loss of your mom. "When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the Rock that is Higher than I " Psalm 61:2
Bettye Allen and family
Bettye Allen
October 18, 2020
Rosa and Roger became very good friends when our daughter met and dated Brian in High School. I always marveled at how hard Rosa worked at her business and still managed to give her "all" to her children. After Roger passed away earlier this year, I called Rosa on a regular basis. Unfortunately, I did not attend the memorial service for Roger because of Covid, however, nothing will keep me away from Rosa's memorial service. I am so sad but know she is in peace now with Roger and Michael. What a wonderful family the Travis' are! I love you Rosa.
Kathy & Hugo Arce
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