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Rosa Mae Patterson White

Rosa Mae Patterson White, 88, of Wellington, Texas, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, in Wellington.


Private family service took place at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at Bowie Street Church of Christ with Bart Patterson officiating. Public graveside burial services followed at 1 p.m. at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Wellington. Arrangements were by Robertson Funeral Directors of Clarendon.

Rosa Mae Patterson White

Rosa peacefully passed away with her son and her daughter by her side. She was a faithful follower of God, loving wife, devoted mother and caring Maw Maw to her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Rosa leaves a legacy of family love and devotion and fellowship with her loved ones.


Born to Alford Patterson and Alma Hartman Patterson on Sept. 3, 1933, Rosa grew up in the Buck Creek area. As a teen, she worked as a nursing assistant at St. Joseph’s Hospital, now Collingsworth General Hospital. She married her high school sweetheart, P.J. White, on Dec. 23, 1950.

P.J. and Rosa lived in Wellington, where he began his career in farming. Rosa worked alongside P.J., caring for the home while raising their four children. She was as handy on the farm as she was at home. Rosa and P.J. were married for 62 years before his passing in 2012.

Rosa enjoyed oil painting, which she attended every Tuesday with a group of friends. A collector of beautiful glassware, Rosa was a wonderful cook, seamstress and avid game player. She loved a good card game, and her favorite saying was, “A card laid is a card played.”

Family-centered, Rosa reveled in the time she spent enjoying her grandchildren. Her family remembers her constant presence at all social events. Rosa attended extra sporting events, showers and weddings. If you stopped by the homeplace, she always had a meal ready at a moment’s notice.

A devout Christian, Rosa White served as a faithful member of the Bowie Street Church of Christ, where she began attending in the early 1950s. She taught Bible classes, led children’s activities, helped with funeral dinners and church luncheons and shared her faith by example.

Rosa was preceded in death by her parents, Alford and Alma Patterson. She also was preceded in death by her husband, P.J. White; her two brothers, Earl Patterson and Virgil Patterson; a brother-in-law, Jim Chanslor; a daughter, Janice White Merrell; her son, Rod White; and her granddaughter, Shannon White Brown.

Mrs. White was blessed with two sons and two daughters, 11 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren, along with a long list of relatives and friends.


Her family includes two brothers, the late Earl Patterson and wife Delores and the late Virgil Patterson and wife Genevieve, all of Wellington; a sister, La Rita Chanslor and late husband Jim, of Tyler, Texas; a son, Pat White and wife Val, her daughter Lesa Thornberry and husband Drew and a son, the late Rod White and wife Marie, all of Wellington; 11 grandchildren, Warren Wayne Merrell and wife Amy, P’Jay Merrell and wife Shelly and Jana Calvert and husband Donnie, all of Idalou, Texas, Clay Merrell and wife Brandi, of Amarillo, Texas, the late Shannon Brown and husband Daryon, of Wellington, Leslee Wood and husband Jody, Amber Lewis and husband Paul and Ashlen Walker and husband Patrick, all of Abilene, Texas, Erin Smith, of Wellington, Lauren Brown and husband Chad, of Celina, Texas, Ryan White and wife Kaitlyn, of Shamrock, Texas and Crissy Chanslor, Michelle Chanslor and Braylon Edwards, all of Tyler.


Rosa’s 26 great grandchildren are McKade Merrell, Madelyn Merrell, Lane Merrell, Nathan Brown, Marlee Brown, Major Brown, Elizabeth Janice Hodges, Jake Merrell, Emily Wood, Trey Wood, Kyla Griffith, Gracie Merrell, Preston Merrell, Sawyer Smith, Sutton Smith, Makenzie Smith, Kynlee Brown, Griffin Brown, Hudson Brown, Cannon Calvert, Baylee Calvert, Revel White, River White, Roket White, Isaiah Lewis and Caleb Lewis.


Her two great-great grandchildren include Kaydence Griffith and Jace Griffith.

The family asks that memorials please be made to Wellington Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 321, or Wellington Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 307, Wellington, TX 79095.


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