Rosalyn Maureen Valentine, daughter of the late Florence Ann Valentine and Lawrence E. Valentine, was born on April 19, 1952; she departed this life on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, in Asheville, North Carolina.
Rosalyn was a graduate of Asheville High School in the Class of 1970. She studied at Blanton’s Business College. She relocated to Durham, North Carolina, and then to Cedar Grove where she continued her education at Durham Technical Community College. She was employed with Verizon, formerly General Telephone Communication, until she retired.
She was a member of St. Titus Episcopal Church where she served as Lector and coordinator of their outreach program and worked diligently with the Inter-faith Hospitality Network. She was involved with the Cub/Girl Scouts of American and the Sisterhood Club, a scout leader at YE Smith School and many community projects while residing in Cedar Grove, North Carolina.
Roz, as she was fondly called, was a passionate reader and she formed a book club in Durham and Cedar Grove. She worked as a substitute teacher for Asheville City Schools when she returned to Asheville. She was a member of the Daughter of Elks IBPOEW, 1970 Class Reunion president and a member of the Royaletts’ Social Club. She loved her time with family and close friends.
She was preceded in death by her son, Craig Anthony Valentine and her brother, Jeffrey L. Valentine.
Rosalyn leaves to cherish her memories, two brothers, Kenneth A. Valentine (Patricia) of Durham, North Carolina and James A. Valentine (Linda) of Asheville, North Carolina; grandchildren who were the “apple of her eyes”, Ni’kayia Valentine and Zianthony Williams of Asheville, North Carolina; an aunt, Sandra Mitchell of New Jersey, Her BFF’s for life, Wilma Alford of Hillsborough and Deborah Justice of Asheville, extended family of cousins, nieces, great nieces, nephews and great nephews, along with loyal and devoted friends and classmates that will cherish her precious memories.
God saw you getting tired,
And a cure was not to be.
So, He put His arms around you,
And whispered, “Come to me.”
With tearful eyes we watched you
And saw you pass away.
Although we loved you dearly,
We could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday January 17, at 1pm at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 1 Dundee St. Burial will be at Violet Hill Cemetery immediately following the service.