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Rosevelyn E. Stein
© Enid News and Eagle
Submitted by: Glenn

© Enid News and Eagle

© Glenn

Rosevelyn E. and Leroy C. STEIN

Cherokee Municipal Cemetery

CHEROKEE — Funeral service for Rosevelyn E. Stein, 86, will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at First Christian Church, Cherokee. The Rev. Tom Stanley and LaRoi Woods will officiate. Burial will follow at Cherokee Municipal Cemetery under the direction of Lanman Funeral Home Inc., Cherokee.

Viewing will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, Sept. 24, with family present from 6-8. (www.lanmanmemorials.com)

Rosevelyn Edith (Sims Peterson) Stein was born Sunday, July 15, 1928, in Stafford, Kan., and departed this life on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at Cherokee Manor, Cherokee, Okla., following an extended illness.

Rosevelyn was the daughter of Charles Martin Sims and Edith B. (Underwood) Sims. Rose was the second of four children raised by her mother and stepfather, Frank Peterson.

Her siblings include an older brother, D.R. Herren, a younger brother, Harold Peterson, and a younger sister, Patricia “Penny” Pullen.

Rose grew up and attended school at Hugoton, Kan., before she and her siblings, and her mother and “Daddy Frank,” moved to Cherokee, Okla. in 1944. It was during that summer, prior to beginning her junior year in high school, that she met her future husband, Leroy Stein.

Rosevelyn graduated from Cherokee High School in 1946. Her first job after graduation was that of a part-time legal secretary to Judge Loyd Hadwiger. She later accepted full-time employment with Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., working the night shift as the switchboard operator and was also employed by the Rural Electric Association (REA) here in Cherokee, working as a cashier and then as a “billing clerk,” prior to marrying Leroy Stein on May 7, 1949.

Leroy and Rose established their home east of Cherokee on the Pete Stein Home Place, where Leroy was born and raised. They later moved to a home in Cherokee, where they lived and raised their four children: Peter Lynn, Rachel Ann, Daniel Ray and Samuel Lee.

Rosevelyn involved herself over the years in her children’s many school and extracurricular activities — and later, those of her grandchildren. Those activities included the Cherokee Band Boosters, the Cherokee FFA Boosters, Speech and Debate Sponsors and Athletic Boosters. Plus, she opened her home (and her basement) to many high school junior classes so they could make homecoming mums for Cherokee’s many homecoming celebrations. She was also active in the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, the Tillers Women’s Bowling Team, and the local Republican Party, spending many hours working for Roy Schoeb’s successful state Senate campaign and Henry Belmon’s successful gubernatorial campaign.

Rosevelyn, along with her husband, Leroy, owned and operated Coles Flowers, a local flower shop and greenhouse/nursery business for several years. She enjoyed working at the flower shop with her husband and children, and was also active in the family farming and cattle operation. She remained active at the flower shop after Leroy’s death, until her retirement in 2009, at the age of 81. She was a proud member and supporter of the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce and was honored at her retirement with the Main Street Life Time Achievement Award, at which time she was recognized as the originator of the Cherokee Merchants’ Annual Christmas Open House Festival.

Those surviving Rosevelyn include her children, Pete and wife Lea Ann of Houston, Mo., Rachel Hager and husband Doyce of Cherokee, Dan and wife Jana of Stillwater, Okla., and Sam and wife Kelly of Cherokee. Rose is also survived by her younger sister, Penny of Aline, Okla.; 14 grandchildren, with whom she remained close and loved dearly, Peter Dillon Stein and wife Tiffany, Jason Stein and wife Julie, Amy Campbell and husband Troy, Jacob Hager and wife Kelly, Haylee Barney and husband Todd, Patrick Stein and wife Robin, and Kelsy Stein and fiancé Kyle; and 12 great-grandchildren, Hayden, Maren and Dylen Stein, Taryn, Nathan, Caedyn and Logan Campbell, Grant, Landon and Luke Hager, and Addalyn Rose and Oliver Barney. Many other relatives and friends also mourn her passing.

Rosevelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy, as well as her parents, Charley Sims, Frank Peterson and Edith Sims, and her two brothers, D.R. Herren and Harold Peterson.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to the Rosevelyn Stein Memorial at First Christian Church in Cherokee.

(Submitted by family)

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