August 21, 1934 ~ April 4, 2010
Rosa Coleman McNeill, 75, was called home to be with the Creator on April 2, 2010. Born in Columbus, Georgia on August 21, 1934, to the late Rhina Mae Coleman and Sgt. Edward Harrison Coleman, Rosa joined the church at an early age and remains a child of God. She leaves to cherish her memory, a loving husband, Hayward; two sons, Haywood (wife Bridgette) of Desoto, TX and David (wife Rhonda) of Los Angeles, CA; three grandchildren, Cole, Jordan and Alondrea; two younger sisters, Faustina Walker of Fayetteville, N.C. and Phyllis Jones of Columbus, GA; and many wonderful nephews, nieces, relatives and close friends. She was preceded in death by two sisters, June Saunders and Nora Eppwright.
Rosa graduated from Spencer High School in 1952 and left Columbus two years later to pursue a career in nursing. At the age of 22, Rosa earned her diploma as a Registered Nurse at Lincoln School of Nursing in Durham, N.C. She began her nursing career at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD, which was followed by eight years of work in surgical wards and obstetrics units at U.S. Public Health Services Hospital in Boston and Valley Forge Army Hospital in Phoenixville, PA.
The couple moved to Los Angeles in 1962 after Rosa gave birth to their first son. She worked as a nurse on Kaiser Permanente Hospital's neo-natal ward caring for newborns in the San Fernando Valley. By 1968 she left nursing to turn her full attention to family life. Between running the household and raising two boys, Rosa volunteered her time with the PTA, entertained guests at home, completed classes in real estate and stock investments. During that time, Rosa initiated and managed several successful business ventures in partnership with her husband. The most successful venture yielded the family-owned CDMcCol coin-operated car wash, which ran for more than two decades at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and San Pedro Street in south L.A.
Rosa was a life member of her beloved sorority, Chi Eta Phi, which is a professional association for registered nurses. In 1998, she funded a scholarship in her name for nursing candidates who require tuition assistance.
A wife, mother, friend, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Rosa Coleman McNeill always will be remembered for the great gift of love she gave to us all.
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