Barbara Jean Rosser

May 21, 1942 ‒ February 10, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD:  The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail. It’s precision and structure that elevates average to stunning. For Barb Rosser, meticulous care of the details ensured a complete big picture.

The big picture became perfect for Barb, as she passed into the Lord’s care Monday morning February 10, 2020 from her Mansfield home. She was 77.

Born Barbara Jean Reed on May 21, 1942 in Mansfield to Robert L. and Lois M. (Bechtel) Reed, she was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1960, and earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1965 from Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana.

For several years she taught fourth grade with Mansfield Christian School. In the 1970s, along with her husband Jim Rosser, she moved to Aiken, SC, where he was helping build a new plant for Therm-O-Disc and together they helped plant a new church: Grace Church of Aiken.

Blessed with a servant’s heart, Barb had the Spiritual Gift of mercy. She was thoughtful and personified hospitality.

Described as artistic, Barb was not a typical artist. Not given to interpretation or free-form, Barb’s art was structured and precise. She applied those steadied principles to her flower beds (horticulturally laying out the beds for seasonal changes) and her calligraphy (self-taught, yet professional). She later taught classes on calligraphy and was constantly showing mercy through a ministry of cards and notes.

Mistaken as an introvert, Barb loved arranging parties as well as the relationships in her small groups: the YaYas and the Dreamers.

Those that have grace have need to be called upon again and again to exercise grace and to improve in it. Be strong and of a good courage. Be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9) Barb Rosser, like Joshua, was humble and low in her own eyes, trusting in God, and his power, and promise. She formerly was a member of Berean Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband James Rosser; their daughter Bethany (Philip) Calendine of Mansfield; grandchildren Paige (Josh) Banks, Phoebe (Nolan) Neyer, Skyler Calendine, Dawson Calendine and Walker Calendine; a great granddaughter Perry Jean Neyer; sisters-in-law Gwen Rosser of Allentown, PA and  Carol Rosser of Jennings, FL; and nieces and nephews Julie (Ric) Palafox of Maynard, MA, Shelly Lee of Charlotte, NC, David (Crista) Rosser of Jennings, FL and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother-in-law Russell Rosser.

The Rosser family will hold a private memorial service and interment will be in Owl Creek Cemetery in Ankneytown. The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements.

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  • My thoughts and prayers go out to her loved ones and those that loved her. I will miss the many times we spent together.

  • Beautiful picture. Phenomenal mother, grandmother, wife, and friend to all she met. Barb will be missed sorely…. for a time… then we will rejoice with her when we meet again in heaven. We temporarily lost a loved one but heaven gained an eternal soul as precious as gold. Our prayers go up for Jim and family during this time of separation. Our fond memories will love on!

  • Jim,
    We were so sad to hear of Barbs passing. I still have several of her pieces around my house and always think of her when I see them and will continue to do so.
    We know it was a long journey so we rejoice with you now that she has seen her Savior and has the audience of the Creator of the universe. What joy!
    We grieve not as those who have no hope but yet we grieve. We will pray for you for the time ahead and will remember her as a beautiful spirit and person.
    Much love,
    Steve snd Clara Freer

  • So sorry for your loss I was her hair dresser for her last few years and she was absolute pleasure and I enjoyed our monthly visits. She was so kind and giving and will be greatly missed.

  • Jim—have loved you and Barb for many years. You each in your own way mentored me to a spiritual relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. I am so sorry for your loss but rejoice in knowing that she is in heaven to be reunited with those who went before her and to now wait for the rest of us. May God bless you in this time.

  • Jim & Family –

    So sorry to hear of Barbara’s home going. Praying that God’s peace that passes all understanding will uphold you through this transition time. Praying for all of you.

    Dan Swagerty

  • Jim and family,
    I was surprised and sorrowful to hear of Barb’s homecoming. We will miss her, but what a joy to know she is home with her Lord and Saviour! I have so many wonderful memories of being with her at college and then spending time with the both of you in your home. We will be praying for you. *Ivan and Melanie Shawver

  • Jim, My sympathy to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God grant you His peace and comfort.

  • There are so many words to describe her but I can only say she was wonderful.Loving, kind, sweet and had the right words to make you feel special.
    She means so much to me and my family and I can say that her only presence in the life of all who knew her was like the gentle spring breeze she loved so much. I send my love and respect to the whole family, may God be giving the necessary strength in these difficult times. My love and big hug to my dear Jim, there are not enough words to express myself right now. My dear Yayas i send my condolences to you equally. My comfort is that Mom is in a bright place where there is no pain.

  • Jim and Bethany, It was my honor to serve your family and I’m so very sorry for your loss , Barbara was a precious soul . MaLisa Poole

  • Jim, Barbara was a very sweet lady .She will be missed. I enjoyed taking to her. She will always be in my loving memory. Linda D.

  • So sorry for your loss. I was blessed to have the opportunity to meet her and Jim and Bethany. She was a beautiful person inside and out I am sure she will be missed by family and friends My prayers for the family

  • Barb was such a gentle spirit with genuine love!
    I remember when we stayed with you all with our 3 kids. Her gracious hospitality ministered so very much to us. Seeing you both go through this valley has been beautiful to watch. Thanks for being an excellent example of steadfast love.

  • Barb was a beautiful person on the inside and out. I am incredibly blessed and grateful to have known her. I can hear her sweet laugh and see her kind smile. So many special memories! My joy is knowing she is no longer suffering and that I will see her again one day in Heaven. She left such an imprint on this world in the lives of those she loved.

  • Jim – So sad to hear of Barb’s passing. I will remember most her lovely warm smile. Prayers for you, Bethany and all her loved her.

  • She is safe in the arms of Jesus.
    We have reminders of Barb in the form of some of her artwork in our home.
    May God grant you comfort and peace.
    Les and Ruth Vnasdale

  • Jim & Family-
    Beautiful picture ~ since our family has known Barb, she always had such a loving personality and warm heart toward others she came across. We were blessed to have had the opportunity to share many great memories throughout the summers by the pool sharing laughs and always seeing her do what she loved outdoors while gardening. She was not only our neighbor but a wonderful friend who we loved for many years. We are certain that Barb is now in the hands of the Lord in peace ; our prayers go out to Jim and your family.
    ~ Gonzalez Family

  • Dick and I are keeping you all in prayer. Barb was a lovely, kind lady. I have great memories of her from our time in Mansfield, and was blessed to be one of her calligraphy students. There is sorrow on earth, but, oh, what rejoicing in heaven!

  • Jim,
    Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We will rejoice with you when we all meet again in heaven–but we know how much you will miss her and pray for comfort during this time of sorrow.
    We have several of Barb’s calligraphy verses in our home and will always remember the fun times we had all those years ago.
    In Christ,
    John & Sandy Skulski

  • Our sympathies to the Rosser family on the home going of Barb. I remember her when I was a child as she was my Sunday School teacher at Ankenytown Grace Brethren Church.She still remembered me many years later. God’s love be around you at this time.

  • Jim and family,
    I just heard of Barb’s passing from my son Chris in Georgia. I did not know.
    She was a wonderful neighbor on Yoha Dr. many years ago and my children went to your house for bible study each week. God bless her and your family and we know God welcomed her with open arms. So very sorry.
    Pat Finley and family.

  • My cousin, Barb was one of the kindest, sweetest souls I’ve known. She had that quiet, poised demeanor about her, but an ornery side would surface from time to time. She was quite crafty and I have several things she made me that I will always treasure. We had grown close and I always looked forward to our time together. I will miss her so. Fly high til we meet again Cuz. 💞
    Prayers to Jim and family.

  • To the Calendine’s and all family members, My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family during this time of tremendous loss. It sounds like she was a wonderful lady and now basking in the wonderful glory of our Lord! Prayers to each of you! Val DeNero

  • To Jim and Family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. God’s Blessings – Frank & Laura Unger

  • Dear Jim, you and your family are so special and have made an impact for Christ’s kingdom. Please accept our families deep the sympathy. You are a man who lives the love of Jesus and everything you do and your wife shine with the glory of her savior through her life. May God give you peace at this time. Your friend pastor Eric Abel