Baker City, Oregon
Rosslee Dama “Rosy” Crockett, 82, a longtime Baker City resident, died Dec. 21, 2000, at her home.
A celebration of her life will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Darlene Friedlander will conduct the service. A reception will follow the service in the Oregon Trail Room at the Quality Inn Motel, 810 Campbell St. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Visitations will be today until 8 p.m. at Gray’s West & Co.
Mrs. Crockett was born Feb. 8, 1918, at Monett, Mo., to Leslie A. Taylor and Faye Nichols.
She married her best friend, Roy Crockett, on June 13, 1936. They were the parents of one child, a daughter, Darlene.
Mrs. Crockett spent her early childhood in Missouri. She came west with her mother, stepfather, sister, aunt, uncle and cousin. They were intending to go to Yakima, Wash., to work in the orchards, but stopped for a while to work in the New Plymouth, Idaho, area, when they heard of work in the Sumpter Valley area. They moved there to work in the lumber camps and on ranches.
She attended school at McEwen and spoke fondly of the happy times she enjoyed there. Then she came to Baker City to finish school. She graduated from Baker High School.
She was the first queen of the Miners’ Jubilee and thoroughly enjoyed the 50th anniversary of the Jubilee by riding in the July 4 parade at Haines in 1985. She spent one year and four months of her life during the 1940s in the TB hospitals in The Dalles and Portland, coming home to renew her love of family and the many outdoor activities she enjoyed, especially hunting and fishing.
Before her husband passed away, they enjoyed escaping the cold weather by wintering in their motor home at Quartsite, Ariz., where she came to love the beauty of the Arizona desert almost as much as she did Baker Valley and the surrounding area.
Mrs. Crockett is survived by her daughter, Darlene Friedlander, a brother-in-law, Owen Bleakman, brother and sister-in-law, Leslie and Ilah Taylor, and a niece, Dianne Reeves, and her husband, Gary, all of Baker City; a grandson, Bryan Hottel, and his family, of Sacramento; a great-grandson, Roy Chapman Hottel, a stepdaughter, Susan Pujals, a stepson, Steven Friedlander, and their families, all of Napa, Calif.; a granddaughter, Autum Brooks and her family, Aaron, Chelsea and Cameron, a nephew, Mel Cundiff, nieces Carol Loos and Marsha Dawe and their families, all from Colorado.
Her life was also blessed by many wonderful friends who shared her love of the outdoors and a good game of cards.
Mrs. Crockett was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roy; a sister, Katherine Bleakman; and a grandson, Robbie Hottel.
Contributions in Mrs. Crockett’s memory may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children or to the charity of one’s choice in care of Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, Ore., 97814.
Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, January 1, 2001
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor