Rosa Lee (Dye) James, 83, of Muskogee, passed away Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa. She was born February 5, 1930 to Roy and Pearl (West) Dye in Fort Gibson. Rosa Lee attended elementary and high school in Fort Gibson. After high school, she worked at the soda fountain at Purity Drug #5 in Muskogee. On December 25, 1949, she married Norman “Red” Leroy James in Van Buren, Arkansas. Red and Rosa Lee made their home and raised two children in Muskogee. In 1981, she worked as a silk screener at Oklahoma Interpak until she retired.
For fifteen years, she volunteered weekly at the VA hospital. She served as an election official at the Indian Capital voting precinct for thirty-eight years and worked as the Election Inspector for the majority of her tenure. She was also a member of the VFW women’s auxiliary and participated in the monthly fundraising breakfasts. Rosa Lee was an active member of First Baptist Church of Muskogee for thirty years, where she often served in the food pantry. She enjoyed gardening, golfing, swimming, and cooking and made the best fried chicken, mashed potatoes and homemade ice cream. She loved nothing more than serving others.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman, on March 20, 2013. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Pearl Dye; and brothers, Billy Dye and John Dye.
She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Dan Clawson of Broken Arrow; son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Toni James of Edmond; five grandchildren, Rachel Crawford and her husband, Robert, of Broken Arrow, Hannah Maness and her husband, Benjamin, of Dallas, Texas; Matthew Clawson and his wife, Lauren, of Norman; Jackson James of Edmond; and Colton James of Edmond; two great-grandchildren, Griffin Crawford and Oliver Crawford and two great-granddaughters due to be born in November; sister Wanda Bradley of Fort Gibson, brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Barbara Dye of Fort Gibson, brother and sister-in-law, Eugene and Ruby Dye of Muskogee, brother Charles Dye of Tulsa, brother and sister-in-law, Henry and Joyce Dye of Fort Gibson, sister Ellen Logan of Muskogee, and several nieces and nephews.
Family will greet friends Tuesday, October 8, 2013 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Foster-Petering Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 10, 2013 at First Baptist Church of Muskogee with Dr. Lance Sawyer officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Gibson National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dan Clawson, Doug James, Robert Crawford, Benjamin Maness, Matthew Clawson, Jackson James and Colton James.
Funeral service arrangements are under the direction of Foster-Petering Funeral Home. Condolences to the family may be made at www.foster-petering.com