Rose Marie Willis
Rose Marie Willis, 78, of North Little Rock went to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday morning, January 30, 2019. She was born June 26, 1940 in Monticello to the late Thomas Wesley Willis and Mary Bob (Tuggle) Willis of Monticello. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Betty Jane (Willis) Burchfield of Crossett.
She is survived by her brother-in-law, Jackie Burchfield, of Crossett; one nephew, Barry (Dawn) Burchfield of Sterlington, La; one niece, Jennifer Burchfield of North Little Rock; two great-nieces, Jordan Burchfield and Maci Burchfield, both of Sterlington; one great-nephew, Baylor Burchfield of Sterlington; and many well-loved cousins.
Rose Marie was a 1958 graduate from Drew Central High School in Monticello. She received her college undergraduate degree in Home Economics from the University of Arkansas in Monticello, then later received her master’s degree from the University of Arkansas in Home Economics.
She was an active member of her church, Calvary Baptist Church in North Little Rock, where she served in many leadership roles—including trustee, finance and personnel chair and Sunday School teacher. Through the years, she was also very involved in many different community organizations.
Rose Marie spent her professional career in education, serving as a high school Home Economics teacher for 17 years in Calico Rock and as a Public School Program Advisor with Family and Consumer Sciences for the Arkansas State Department of Education in Little Rock for 28 years.
She influenced and mentored thousands of students, both in Arkansas and nationwide through her involvement and leadership with the Future Homemakers of America. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends, former co-workers and former students.
The visitation was held at Calvary Baptist Church on Saturday, February 2, 2019 in the church sanctuary. Immediately following the visitation, a celebration of Rose Marie’s life was held at the church with Bro. Paul McLung and Bro. Robert McDaniel officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Calvary Baptist Church. Online guestbook: www.griffinleggetthealeyroth.com.