A mother holds her children’s hands for a little while…and their hearts forever –
Louise Marie Epperson Rossi Tucker, 83 years old, passed away on June 1, 2019, unexpectedly, on a cruise ship headed to the Caribbean in International Waters, with her children at her side.
Louise was born at home in Tyler, Texas, on Nov. 25, 1935 to Archie Claude Epperson and Mattie Bertha Henderson Epperson. She attended Liberty Hill-Hebron, a one-room school house, and then went on to graduate from Chapel Hill High School. Louise had classmates that were lifelong cherished friends and she was involved in the class reunions. She also attended Tyler Junior College. She was baptized by her minister and her Uncle Frank Epperson, Hebron Baptist Church, and her last church membership was with Pollard UMC of Tyler, Texas, where she enjoyed Sunday School and all the activities.
Louise retired well past retirement age from the oil industry because, as she would say, she “loved to work,” where she made lifelong friends. Her hobbies included antiquing; she was a dealer and loved the treasure hunt. She also volunteered with “Wonderful Wednesdays Alzheimer’s Day Care Program,” where she felt this helped the entire family. In retirement, she was an avid reader with list of books that she consumed daily, she did Yoga, TaiChi, and then walked every day, weather permitting, and enjoyed her Texas walking friend, Margaret. Louise played mahjong in Texas and Pennsylvania. She would play for fun or for charities. She loved mahjong and treasured her mahjong circle of friends. Louise had a passion for travel and traveled to England, France, Ireland, and Scotland with her sister, Sue. Above all, she loved her children and her gift to her children, John and Rhonda, was to travel the world together as a family and to see such places as the Pyramids of Egypt, the Ruins of Ephesus in Turkey, the vineyards of Spain, the Vatican in Rome, the Acropolis in Greece, and so many more adventures.
Louise is survived by her sister Sue Hughes (James) of Tyler, Texas. Her children John Anthony Rossi (Teri) of Montgomery, Texas, and Rhonda Renee Rossi (Nick Holmes) of Mansfield, Pa. Her grandchildren Heather Simmons (Carter) of The Woodlands, Texas, Erica Cox of Ft. Collins, Colo., Rebecca Matula of The Woodlands, Texas, Lauren Rossi of Montgomery, Texas, Blake Lee (Casmira) of Corning, N.Y. Great-grandchildren Jordan Williams of Ft. Collins, Colo., Jaymison Easlick of Ft. Collins, Colo., Dylan Cox of Ft. Collins, Colo., Samantha Lee of The Woodlands, Texas, Solomon Sparkman of Ft. Collins, Colo., Weston Cox of Ft. Collins, Colo., Sawyer Simmons of The Woodlands, Texas, Carmella Sparkman of Ft. Collins, Colo., Asher Matula of The Woodlands, Texas, Cooper Simmons of The Woodlands, Texas, Charlotte Matula of The Woodlands, Texas, and so many loved nieces, nephews, friends, and those that adopted her as “Memaw.”
She was predeceased by her father, Archie Claude Epperson, her mother, Mattie Bertha Henderson (McCain), a brother Herman Archie Epperson, and grandson Devin Len Sparkman.
Louise will be laid to rest on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 11 a.m. at the Rossi Family Cemetery.
Memories, condolences, your favorite pictures may be shared by visiting her guestbook at www.sutfinfuneralchapel.com.
Louise would be honored for any donations in her name be made to Roseville UMC Woman’s Fellowship, 4118 Route 549, Mansfield, PA 16933. She was inspired by their servant heart to any and all in need.