Rose Ann Sallows, 64, of Somerset Township, Mich., and formerly of Morenci, Mich., died July 2, 2017, at her home, the result of cancer.
Born Oct. 16, 1952, she was the twelfth child of fourteen from the union of the late George Marion and Bertha Ann (Eastman) King.
Rose attended grade school in Cement City and later Columbia Central in Brooklyn when districts merged. She married Jim Lee Sallows on April 26, 1997, at the First Baptist Church in Morenci, and he survives. Rose was most recently employed as a caregiver at Vista Villa in Jackson, after owning and operating a tanning salon, Sunseekers, in Vandercook Lake for several years.
Rose was the matriarch of her family, and her life was devoted to their welfare. She adored her family, and grew especially fond of her precious grandchildren. She loved to cook for them, always making enough for an army, and she proudly shared her culinary skills with her grown children. She also enjoyed baking, and was known to prepare sweet treats for several weeks in anticipation of the holidays throughout each year.
She was proud of her abundant annual flower beds that adorned her property, and she nurtured them with tender loving care. Perhaps her favorite pastime was fishing in her lucky spot at Lake LeAnn, where in 2016 she caught a 21-inch 6.5 lb. bass. Rose was known as a simple woman with a remarkable positive attitude, whose optimism and faith allowed her to live her life with stoic grace even when faced with her terminal illness.
In addition to her husband, Jim, Rose is survived by her daughter, Sherry Kidder of Lansing, Mich.; son, Ronald (and Kori) Chrisman of Somerset; step-daughter, Lisa (and Cody) Hanawalt of Morenci; step-son, Jason (and Kelly) Sallows of Jackson; five brothers, Tom (and Arlene) King of Somerset, Leonard “Lee” (and Pat) King of Lake LeAnn, Teddy (and Linda) King of Somerset, Dwight (and Debbie) King of Concord, and Roger (and Doris) King of Jackson; a sister, Joyce (and Jerry) Manchester of Brooklyn; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by seven siblings, Marie Rowe, Merritt King, John King, Russ King, Carl King, Laura Shaft and Betty Iverson.
Cremation will be followed by interment at West Aldrich Cemetery in Somerset Township. Arrangements were handled by the Eagle Funeral Home in Morenci.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Allegiance Hospice.