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   Rosie Lee Gross, of Steffenville, Missouri, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Thursday, July 19, 2007, in the LaBelle Manor Care Center, LaBelle, Missouri, at 89 years of age.

   She was the daughter of Zack and Eva Powell Carter, born June 25, 1918, in Shelby County, Missouri.

   Rosie Lee Carter and John M. Gross Sr. were united in marriage by John’s brother, Paul A. Gross, in the home of the bridegroom, in Steffenville, Missouri, on June 27, 1936.  John Sr. preceded Rosie Lee in death on January 28, 1982.

   She was employed by the Telephone Exchange, Boudreau’s Store and the Post Office, all in Steffenville, and Davis Cleaver, Quincy Speaker and Paper Box Factories in Quincy, Illinois.

   Rosie Lee and John lived most of their married life in Steffenville.  She lived in the same house for 65 years.  She was a master of gardening, having canned the beautiful produce from her garden for her family to enjoy in the long winter months.  Sewing, homemaking, cooking, and baking, most especially baking angel food cakes, were some of the things that Rosie Lee enjoyed.

   Being surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren was her greatest source of joy.

   Rosie Lee was a member of the Durham Baptist Church.  She leaves a legacy of love and faith in Jesus for those surviving, two sons, John Marcus Gross Jr. of Steffenville, Missouri, James Carter Gross and wife, Carol, of LaBelle; two daughters, Marylyn L. Steele and husband, Don, of Quincy, Illinois, and Evelyn K. Scifres and husband, Harry Joe, of Steffenville, Missouri; two brothers, Lester B. Carter of Point Richmond, California, and John T. Carter and wife, Bettye of Kansas City, Missouri; ten grandchildren, Diane Vincent and husband, Wes, Daniel Steele, David Steele, Cher Ann Heller and husband Mitch, James Matthew Gross and wife Christina, Joshua Gross, Christopher Scifres, Phillip Scifres and wife Amy, Paul Scifres and wife Kendra, and Johnathan Scifres; eight great grandchildren, Lauren and Max Heller, Camden, Carli and Ava Rose Scifres, Grace Scifres, Gavin and Hailey Verdicchio.

   The Reverend Bill Romans officiated for services on Sunday morning, July 22, 2007, in the Durham Baptist Church, Durham, Missouri.     James Matthew Gross, Joshua Gross, Daniel Steele, David Steele, Christopher Scifres, Phillip Scifres, Paul Scifres, Johnathan Scifres and Mitch Heller served as pallbearers and Cher Ann Heller, Diane Vincent, Christina Gross, Amy Scifres and Kendra Scifres served as honorary pallbearers, with burial in the Steffenville Cemetery, Steffenville, Missouri.

   Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Rosie Lee Gross to the Steffenville Cemetery, Durham Baptist Church or the LaBelle Manor Care Center, in care of Coder Chapel, P.O. Box 151, LaBelle, Missouri 63447.