Rosa Rebecca Parker
Rosa Rebecca Ashenhurst was born August 8, 1916 in Roseau, Minnesota. Rosa passed peacefully in her sleep to awake in the arms of her beloved Savior on Tuesday, September 17, 2019.

Rosa graduated from University of North Western in St. Paul, MN. She continued her education with a Masters in Education at Chadron University in NE.

Rosa taught school in Bridgeport and Potter, Nebraska for more than thirty years combined. Her heart for teaching overlapped with her desire to share Jesus as a Sunday School teacher for more than 20 years. Additionally, she volunteered many more years of service in children's chapels, Vacation Bible Schools, and folding bulletins.

She married Gates Mel Parker of Scottsbluff, NE on September 6, 1946 at the Lincoln Park Bible Church in Milwaukee, WI. After residing in Nebraska for over 30 years, they moved to Mesa, AZ,
Here she was a faithful member of Mesa Baptist Church and then later Sun Valley Bethany Campus in Tempe.

Rosa's love for missions is evident in all corners of the world with hundreds of hand-crafted puppets, plastic crosses, and Jesus in a nutshell. Her other made-with-love creations are wrapped around hundreds of hospitalized-sick children, who received one of her hand-sewn quilts.

Rosa is survived by her three sons Larry, Lanny and Rick; daughter,Judy; three daughter in-laws, eleven grandchildren & their spouses, and thirteen great grandchildren. The youngest, Sophia, born just four months before her passing as one final answered prayer.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Harry Ashenhurst and Ida May Collins; husband Mel; Siblings May, Nina, Eva, Laura, Clyde, and Howard. And eighteen U.S.A. presidents.

In Lue of flowers the family requests donations to Wycliff Bible Translations.
Published on September 23, 2019


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Elsie Conrad
Oct 04, 2019
I knew Rosa and Mel when they lived in Bridgeport and Mel's brother Gene was in my HS class. Rosa was so upbeat and a wonderful example of a christian lady and was grateful to have known her even though I haven't seen her for years. My deepest sympathy to the family.
Phebe Wilson
Oct 02, 2019
What a joy it is to picture Miss Rosa in Heaven! She taught; through her instruction we sewed reindeer, crafted Gospel in a Nutshell and crosses. I learned how to layer a quilt and joyfully tied a quilt or two with Rosa and May. My favorite show became American Ninja Warriors, which I hadn't heard of before watching it with her. We prayed together, I am grateful. I miss her so.