August 5, 1924 – October 31, 2015
Saturday, November 7, 12:00 Noon
Layne Renaissance Chapel
7302 West Florissant Avenue
Jennings, Missouri 63136
Rev. Doris Graham, Ph.D., Officiating
Associate Minister, Prayer Tabernacle M.B. Church
St. Louis, Missouri
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” This verse from Psalm 27:1 personifies the life of Rosa Guy - a believer of Christ and one who lived life fearlessly and to its fullest. Rosa was not afraid to speak the truth and did not bite her tongue offering words of advice and encouragement to those who sought her perspective.
Rosa was born on August 5th, 1924 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She was the fourth youngest of ten children. Her parents, Carrie and Louise Washington, and siblings, Joseph Washington, Alphonse Washington, Vernon Washington, Felton Washington, Nathaniel Glenn, Cecilia Falls, Gladys Sterling, Shirley Patterson, and Doris Glenn preceded her in death.
Rosa entered into holy matrimony with the late Dr. Clifford Hancock. Born into this happy and blessed union were three wonderful children, Dr. Clifford Hancock III, Dr. Rosalyn Mason and Linda Hancock-Ross. Later, she married Rev. Fred T. Guy of Little Rock, Arkansas.
Rosa was a strong believer in education and encouraged everyone she encountered to stay in school. She graduated 4th in her class from McKinley High School in Baton Rouge. Rosa was also on the National Dean’s List, a member of Who’s Who in America and a graduate of Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Sciences. She returned to school after raising three successful children to pursue and complete her Master’s Degree. She was a long-time substitute teacher in District 189-East St. Louis Illinois and had a positive impact on her students.
Rosa enjoyed people and getting together with her girlfriends to play bridge and have lunch. She was a founding member of the Clique’s Social Club and an active member of Las Amigas and the Red Hat Ladies. She was recently named a 2015 Game Changer by the East St. Louis Chapter of the NAACP. She was also a founding member of the East St. Louis Chapter of Jack and Jill. When her children were young, she would often volunteer at their schools helping in any capacity requested of her.
Rosa was beautiful, fun and loved to laugh. She enjoyed every second of life and brought joy to those she loved. She was adored and respected by her family and friends and those feelings were mutually shared.
Rosa will be missed by so many because she was a great mother, grandmother, great grand- mother, mother-in-law, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Dr. Clifford Hancock III (Maria), Dr. Rosalyn Mason (William) and Linda Hancock-Ross (Ernest). Her grandchildren, Anya Hancock, Clifford Hancock IV, Charles Hancock, Alexis Hancock, Stacey Lynn Mason, Kristopher Burris (Lovette) and Paul Burris (Serena); her five great grandchildren, Karma, Katalina, Makayla, Paul Jr. and Brianna Rose and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
During our time of sorrow, you took the time to share with us your prayers, thoughts, gifts and support. All of your labors of love have sustained us through these hours of great loss. We thank you and we ask for your continued prayers.