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The unusual snow on May 2, 2013 came to gather Rosalea Snow to heaven. During her 5 year battle with cancer she never complained.
Rosalea was born February 26, 1930 in Chase County, Kansas. One of six children, she moved to Emporia. KS and graduated from EHS in 1947, and in 1951, from Emporia State University. A master’s followed in 1954.
At ESU she was president of Iota Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, member of Xi Phi, Omega Literary Society, Who’s Who Among Students, and on the Honor Roll each semester while working her way through college.
Rosalea taught English at Rosedale High School and Harmon High School until 1989, when she retired to marry Walter N. Snow. While teaching, she was active in NEA and National Council of Teachers of English. Her beloved husband died in 2004.
Rosalea was a member of Senior Barn Players, Playwright Circle of Greater Kansas City, TNT Guild, Dramatists Guild of America, Inc, The Writer’s Place, church, SWA and Shawnee Mission AAUW (president 2003-2005). She also volunteered at the Nelson Atkins Museum and Art Gallery.
An avid reader, Rosalea read mysteries to relax. After retiring, she started her writing career. She has written several plays and three books.
Rosalea leaves three children, Karmen Shepard, Roeland Park, Dr. Scott Shepard, Louisiana, and Kim Berberian, Washington, granddaughter Christy Williams and family and granddaughter Ashley Mathie and family. Rosalea also leaves Paul Snow and family and Jean Kessinger and family.
Services will be at 10:00 am, Thursday, May 9, 2013 at Village Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Association of University Women or Cancer Action.