Rose Ann Messersmith, 76 years of age, of Holdrege, Nebraska

Memorial Services for Rose Ann Messersmith will be conducted from the First Presbyterian Church in Holdrege, Nebraska on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with the Reverend Dr. W. Kirwin Stewart, Jr. officiating. Inurnment will be at the Fort McPherson National Cemetery south of Maxwell, Nebraska, at a later date.

Rose Ann Messersmith, 76 years of age, of Holdrege, passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at Holdrege Memorial Homes. She was born on October 13, 1936 at the St. Anthony's Hospital in Rock Island, Illinois one of two children to Robert and Kathleen (Bealer) Owens. Her early years were spent in Rock Island, until her father decided to attend Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas to become a minister of the Disciples of Christ. Rose Ann graduated from Paschal High School in Fort Worth. She then attended Texas Christian University.

On June 24, 1956, she was united in marriage to Dick Messersmith in Rock Island, with her newly ordained father officiating. To this union three sons were born: Mark, Eric and Paul.

Rose Ann and Dick lived in Fort Worth, where Dick attended Texas Christian University. In 1958, they moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, where Dick attended Tulane University School of Law, and Rose Ann worked as a secretary at St. Mary's Dominican College. In 1961, Rose Ann and Dick moved to Louisville and Paducah, Kentucky and later Baltimore, Maryland, while Dick worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In addition to being a loving mother and wife, Rose Ann furthered her education at Immaculata University, earning a Bachelors of Arts Degree in 1980 and a Masters in Library Science from Villanova University in 1983. She was employed as Children's Librarian at the Delaware County Library in Media, Pennsylvania and then as Librarian at Elwyn Institute in Elwyn, Pennsylvania.

In 1998, she and Dick moved to Nebraska. Rose Ann volunteered with the Phelps Memorial Health Center Service League, the Phelps County Museum, was a CASA Volunteer, Ombudsman for seniors, and was a Deacon at the First Presbyterian Church. In 2008, Rose Ann and Dick were the Freedom Award Winner of the Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service from the Kearney Hub. Rose Ann also enjoyed various crafts, reading and served various other positions at her church. She had a special place in her heart for animals.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Rose Ann leaves to mourn her passing; her husband of 56 years, Dick of Holdrege; three sons: Mark Messersmith and his wife, Sherry of Fairfax, Virginia, Eric Messersmith of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and Paul Messersmith of Washington, D.C.; four grandsons: Christopher, Robert, Nicholas and Adam; brother, John Owens and his wife, Sandi of Bothel, Washington; brother-in-law, Robert Messersmith and his wife, Rhonda of North Platte, Nebraska; three special former daughters-in-law: Rae Marie Messersmith, Sema Tuncer and Wendy Deprine; and one very special dog, Jet.

The family has honored Rose Ann's wish for cremation.

Memorial Book Signing will be held on Friday, June 7, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with the family greeting friends from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege.

Memorials can be made to the Holdrege Public Library, the First Presbyterian Church, the Crossroads Mission in Hastings or Kearney, Heifer International or the Phelps County Museum.

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The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of arrangements.

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