Joan Barrett Roosa
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Joan Barrett Roosa , age 73, of Gulfport, died Tuesday, October 30, 2007 in Gulfport, MS.

Mrs. Roosa was born May 23, 1934, in Booneville, MS to Dr. and Mrs. J. T. Barrett. She was married to Col. Stuart A. Roosa, Apollo 14 astronaut. One of the many wonderful moments of her life was witnessing his mission to the moon in 1971, after which she traveled with her husband and children to the White House to attend a State Dinner and was guest of President Nixon at Camp David.

Mrs. Roosa graduated from Tupelo High School. She attended Ole Miss where she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority, graduating later from MUW with a degree in history. She also enjoyed at the "W" membership in the Blacklist Honorary Society Club. She belonged to the Four Seasons Garden Club (Past President), and the Gulfport Yacht Club, where she was a member and past-president of the Ladies' Auxiliary.

Mrs. Roosa was an adventurer and world traveler, having visited every continent but Antarctica and traveled to over 60 countries, having lived in Japan and Greece. She was a hunter and member of the prestigious Shikar-Safari Club, having been to Africa on safari several times. She traveled with the Astronaut-Cosmonaut group of the Association of Space Explorers. She met dignitaries, royalty, and celebrities in her travels and represented her southern roots with charm and grace.

Mrs. Roosa was an accomplished epicurean. She studied cooking and would absorb the culture and cuisine in the places she lived. She derived great pleasure from entertaining friends and family with the gourmet meals she prepared.

Other than her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, John T. Barrett, Jr. and her sister, Mrs. Jack Reese.

She is survived by her daughter, Rosemary D. Roosa, of Biloxi, MS; Christopher A. Roosa, of Arlington, VA; Mr. and Mrs. John D. Roosa, of Tucson, AZ; Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Allen Roosa, Jr. of Winter Springs, FL; five grandchildren; and her sister, Mrs. Knox White of Gulfport, MS; and Ann Powell, her longtime caregiver.

Visitation will be held at Bradford O'Keefe Funeral Home on 15th Street in Gulfport, MS on Friday, November 2, 2007 where friends may attend from 3-5 p.m.. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

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Published in The Sun Herald on Nov. 1, 2007.
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November 27, 2007
Roosa family,
Sorry to hear of your familys loss all my thoughts and prayers go out to you. She was a wonderful person and joy to talk to we will always have memories.
Steve Doucet
November 9, 2007
Rosemary, Chris, Jack, Allen,

I was so very saddened to hear of your Mom's passing. I have many great memories of our families growing up together at Edwards and in El Lago. Our times together were always fun, always an adventure!

I will miss her laugh. Heaven has certainly welcomed home an angel!

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Judy (Hartsfield) Gedies
November 6, 2007
Rosemary and Family,

I was so sad to hear of Joan's passing. I was Joan's hairdresser for several years when your family moved to Gulfport. My prayers and thoughts are with you all.
Trish Mason
November 6, 2007
Dear Family
I was sorry to hear of Joan's death. I have fond memories of visits to Edwards Air Force Base and Galveston when my family came to visit. Please accept my deepest sympathy on your loss.
Denise DeLozier Chavez
November 6, 2007
Sue Hamm Bowie
November 6, 2007
Irma Hamm Stubbs
November 4, 2007
Christopher, Rosemary and all of Joan's Children and Grandchildren,

I always think of Joan Roosa on the 4th of July, and will always be glad that I was able to get acquainted with such a strong, exciting, real American Woman.

Marsha Shasteen
Marsha Shasteen
November 2, 2007
Christopher, Rosemary;
I am so sorry for your loss. I remember fondly my visits with your mom when I would drop by the house on Christmas to see her. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.
Dr. Fayr Barkley
November 2, 2007
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Bob Bennett
November 2, 2007
Condolences to the family and to Velda. I know through conversations that Mrs. Roosa will be greatly missed. God bless and keep you all.
Vivian Reynolds-Grant
November 2, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. She was such an interesting person to talk with and she will be missed.
annette rand
November 2, 2007
When we all get to heaven Class 64C will be there.
Floyd and Barbara Stroup
November 2, 2007
We extend our sincere sympathy and value your trust during this time of remembrance and reflection. We pledge our support now and in the future.
The Staff and Management of Bradford O'Keefe Funeral Homes
November 2, 2007
Rosemary, Chris, Jack, and Allen,

How I loved my Aunt Joan! My earliest childhood memories are full of wonderful experiences associated with her. She was in high school when my parents moved back to Tupelo and the Jack and Gloria Reese clan all moved in with Mammy and Doc. I shared Joan's room and her bed. She would often take me along on her dates, and later when she went to MUW, she would invite me to spend weekends with her.
I remember so well when she met your father, and when she broke off her engagement with the local boy. Mr. Rejected took off running down the Sessums road, Mammy and Aunt Gloria in hot pursuit!

I will never forget when Stuart flew in to introduce himself to his future in-laws and buzzed our farmhouse in Sessums with his Air Force jet (we thought it was the end of the world). He was an immediate hit.

I remember going to spend weekends with the newlyweds in Montgomery, Alabama. I always felt like the little sister she never had, and it was a great change and great break from being the big sister of all the Reese clan.

And I remember so fondly all the summers in Sessums when Joan would arrive with her increasing brood of children, and how much fun we all had. The Roosa boys were so competitive in hundreds of wiffle ball games. Tearfully so, at times, when they lost. Some weekends your Daddy would fly in and we'd have great picnics at Officer's Lake in Columbus. He broke the rule of one soft drink per child while the adults could drink all the beer they wanted, and we children always loved him for that!

After I grew up and married and moved to Houston, Texas, your parents frequently seduced me and my husband into babysitting the four of you with bribes of great food and endless beer, and Bob and I always fell for it. There were also rewards; we got to hang out with the Apollo astronauts, and take you guys to the Astrodome and sit in the Astronaut box when your parents were away on their many trips. Remember all the weekends we spent together with Bob Jamison on your jointly owned property north of Houston? Killing and eating robins one night? It was fun, but my husband and I swore we would never have children. You four were really such a handful, and I'm being nice. Fortunately, we were transfered to Salt Lake City, and promptly forgot how you traumatized us, and Seth and Alexis Bullock are here today because of our short memories.

I attended more than one Apollo launch because my Aunt Joan invited me, and I have unforgettable memories as a result. Once I went with my college roommate, and Joan took us everywhere, including the astronaut quarters. We felt like royalty.

Your mother had the most infectious laugh of anyone I've ever known. She was a great listener, and whenever I think of her, I think of that laughter, and her absorption in whatever I was saying. It wasn't just me, it was anyone she was around. She always made me and everyone else feel like they were very special, smart, and entertaining, whether we really were or not.

Joan was an exceptional cook, and I still try to emulate some of her recipes, but I'll never match the results. Whenever she came to Sessums, she was full of new ideas and new recipes and we Reese kids knew the next few weeks would be nothing but fun and great food because she was around and our lives would be changed for the better during the interim.

I wish I could tell you that you'll one day get over the loss of your mother, but I can't. I miss my mother more and more everyday, and even though you'll get used to the loss, you'll always wish you had your mother to talk to and you will always miss that unconditional love.

My love and condolences to you all,
Cecilia Reese Bullock
Cecilia Reese Bullock
November 1, 2007
Your Mom was one of a kind! I'll never forget the afternoons when the Dads were gone and all ten of you kids (my six and you four) playing in the back yard and the woods. She had an endless supplu of popsicles for you kids and kept the blender going to daquiri's for us Moms. It was a privilege to have had your lives touch ours. My prayers are with you all.
JoAnn Carr
November 1, 2007
My condolences to the family. I will be praying for you all. Rosemary I really enjoyed talking to Mrs Roosa, she always made me laugh.
Wilahemenia Johnson
November 1, 2007
Our thoughts and love are with you and your brothers at this time. Your mother was an extraordinary person and the world will be a bit less special without her.

Susy and John Young
Susy Young
November 1, 2007
Chris, Jack, Allen, Rosemary,

We just heard the sad news, and we want you to know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We hold such fond memories of your mother, father, your home in El Lago and fun times as kids growing up in the space program. Your mom was one of a kind and someone we looked up to. We'll always appreciate her friendship with and support of our mom back in the "flight status" days. Hope you are all doing well.

- The Carr Kids (Jennifer, Jeff, Jamee, John, Jessica, Joshua)
Jeff Carr
November 1, 2007
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. God Bless!
Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Jordan
November 1, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Juie and Don Norris
November 1, 2007
It was my pleasure to get to know Joan during her visits to Claremore with Stuart's family. We always knew when they were in town for a weekend. My son saw Stuart at Spirits of 66 (his after regular work job) and we saw them at St. Cecilia's Sunday mass. And it was always a pleasure for all of us. I am coming to Biloxi next week and ironically in my plans was a call to see if I could meet her for coffee. Rosemary, I will try to call you. (I was with the Claremore Progress during Stuarts' Apollo mission, now retired and working at Will Rogers Museum doing their public relations)
Pat Reeder
November 1, 2007
My condolences to the family.
I have fond memories of Joan while in school. She and her family has accomplished so much and represents all of us from Tupelo, MS. She will be missed.
Ben Reese
November 1, 2007
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived. I have many fond memories of Joan, going back to first grade, and will miss her, too.
Sue Wheeler
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