DOLLIE JEAN ROSE, the matriarch of the family, was born January 7, 1925 in
Midway Alabama. She was the late daughter of Sam and Rose A. Griffin. She was
one of three siblings who proceeded her in death, Arvenia Hearts and Willie Jean.
Dollie became a Catholic as a young adult, and was a member of St. Cecelia
Dollie graduated from John Hay High School where she and her childhood friend,
William Newsome Rose (deceased) became high school sweethearts and married
From that union they had five children, of which two proceeded her in death,
William Newsome Jr., “Boobie”, and Curtis, and great grandson Brent Marlone
who also proceeded her in death.
Dollie started working as young wife and mother at St. Ann Hospital and later as a
Yellow Cab driver. She soon decided to stay at home to care for her children. She
later resumed working this time at St. Vincent Charity Hospital as PBX Operator,
where she retired from after 15 years. She went back to work part-time as a
school bus driver for The Board of Mental Disabilities, Burlington Coat Factory and
Levine Furniture, and McDonald’s.
Dollie was a faithful Cleveland Indians fan attending games, watching it on TV and
listening on the radio with her Cleveland Indians attire, beverage, and snacks. She
also enjoyed gardening, playing cards, baking, and traveling to casinos with her
sister and friends.
Dollie received her wings May 21, 2020 at the age of 95.
She leaves to mourn her three remaining children, her son Terrance, her
daughters Sharron and Michelle “Mikey” (Vincent), her grandchildren Jeffrey
(Tamiyka), Derrick, Eric, Maria, Shavonna, Jacquelyn (Timothy), Candice (Robert),
Marrelle, Quiana (Brandon), and Erynn. Great grandchildren, Derrick Jr., Morgan,
Taylor, Nicholas, Robin, Brandon, Kayla, Kaylin, Jaylin, Roman, Sophia, Jasmyne,
Jaxsyn, Zariyah. Great great grandchildren, Kayliana, Kayden, Mazi, Ashton, Dillon,
Niko, cousins Ruby Jewel, Sandra (Kenny), and Judith, daughter-in-law Sandra and
host of loving nephews, nieces, family, and friends.
Our sincere and deepest gratitude to Grande Oak Pavilion (Oakwood Village) for
our mother’s care and kind their hearts. The administrative staff, the facility and
maintenance staff, and most of all the nurses and aides for the best TLC you
provided to and for our mother and to our family.
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