Roselyn Gordon

Roselyn Elizabeth Gordon, 89 of the Big Level community, passed away Saturday afternoon at her home, with her loving husband and daughter by her side. She was born May 31, 1930 in Millville, New Jersey, the only child to William R. and Emma E. (Sooey) Farabee. Rose grew up in Phoenix, AZ for the most part and was pretty much home girl. She enjoyed her dolls and other toys and learned how to cook and take care of the house from her mother. She went to school in Glendale, AZ, afterward getting her first job as an elevator operator at the Valley National Bank building, an eight-story complex there in Phoenix. While there, Rose met a young Walter R. "Dick" Gordon, who worked in the maintenance department there as well. The two became quite well acquainted, as he rode her elevator more and more, at least until management required employees to use the freight elevator in the back. As their relationship flourished, Rose left the bank to comply with their nepotism policy, taking care of her mother at home before her and Dick were married in November of 1948. From that time on, they were together and enjoyed life along the way. While Dick was a locksmith, Rose wanted a business of her own. She decided to go back to school and became an aesthetician, which focuses on massage and skin care of the face, opening and operating "Derma-Culture" for quite some time. Over their 73 years of marriage, Rose and Dick have lived in many places. From Phoenix and Los Angeles to Washington state, Oregon, Colorado and even Australia for a short while, they did their best to make the most out of life together. They finally moved to the Big Level community to be close to their daughter. Rose is remembered as a loving but strict mother who could get not only her kids, but Dick's attention too, with just a look. When they got it, and all of them did many times, they knew she meant business. Even behind that look, Rose was a loving wife and mother who was beautiful both inside and out. When asked how he would remember her, Dick's response was, simply "the best part of my life." She will no doubt be fondly remembered and sadly missed by all who loved her. Rose was preceded by her parents, William R. and Emma E. Farabee, her mother-in-law Marion Gordon, and son-in-law, Stanley Parish. Left to cherish her memories are: her loving husband, Dick Gordon and their daughter, Cherie Parish, both of Big Level; with her son Rick (Dianne) Gordon of Monument, CO. Rose leaves a legacy of three grandchildren: Wesley, Melissa and Matthew; four great-grands: Noah, Adam, David and Angelo, and one great-great-granddaughter Paisleigh, with another great-great-grandson almost here, along with many friends and acquaintances over the years. A graveside service was held Saturday, April 17th at in the Sunflower Baptist Church Cemetery, with Pastor Billy Reyer officiating. Trinity Funeral Services is honored to serve the Gordon family in their time of need, asking everyone to keep them in your thoughts and prayers over these difficult days.

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