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Rosie “Rosa” Mae (Barker) Gross

Rosie “Rosa” Mae (Barker) Gross, age 81, of Sedalia, MO, formerly of Clarksburg, MO, entered into her rest Saturday, March 19, 2022, at her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born September 19, 1940, in Clinton, Oklahoma, a daughter of Clarence Edward and Dallis Ardell (Spears) Barker, who preceded her in death.

Rosa graduated from Arapaho High School and attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma, graduating with a degree in cosmetology. For many years she owned and operated her own beauty shop in Clinton, Oklahoma. She also served with the Clinton Police Department as a dispatcher and jailor. She later moved to Missouri and retired from the Missouri Department of Corrections.

While growing up, Rosa enjoyed hanging out with her sisters at the drive-in. She was involved in high school sports, her favorite being basketball. She enjoyed gardening, trail rides, dancing, and country music. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She was an avid Oklahoma Sooners fan, as well as the Kansas City Chiefs. She also loved Elvis and George Strait.

Rosa was a very classy, out-spoken lady. She always accepted whatever life threw her way, without complaint. She was a strong and proud woman that will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her daughter, Angela Brandes (Larry) of Sedalia; sister, Vernie Barton of Clinton, OK;

six grandchildren, Meagan Leigh Hopkins of Sedalia, Amber Dawn Brandes of Sedalia, Shelby Rollins of Illinois, Nicholas Wayne Hankins of Oklahoma, Bradley Scott Bernard of California, MO, and Johnny Ray Bernard of Kansas City, KS; nine great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her parents, Rosa was preceded in death by one brother, one sister, two sons, and a nephew.

A Celebration of Life will be held in her honor from 4-8 pm Friday, April 8, 2022, at the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall (Celebration Center) followed by a balloon release.

Memorial contributions may be directed the family to help with expenses in care of Heckart Funeral Home.
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