Rosalyn LaVerne Saunders
On March 10, 2019, Rosalyn LaVerne Saunders left the cares of this world and peacefully transitioned into eternity. Born in Norfolk, Virginia on October 7, 1948, Rosalyn was the second of three girls from the union of Jesse and Gloria Smith. Her two siblings are Sheena Olivia and Lynette Melva.
She attended the Norfolk Public Schools. Upon graduation, Rosalyn attended Norfolk State College (now University) before becoming employed by Bank of America. After twenty-five years of service in both the financial and marketing departments, she retired. At the time of her demise, Rosalyn was employed as an Administrative Assistant of C.M. Noble Corporation, Renovation, Remodeling and Repairs: Industrial Buildings, Virginia Beach, VA.
Rosalyn accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at an early age. With the Christian love, guidance and support of her maternal mother Gloria and her maternal grandmother, she became actively engaged in Sunday School and the youth and adult choirs. She also served as an usher and member of the Willing Workers ministry at Macedonia Congregational Christian Church (now New Macedonia Christian United Church of Christ) in Norfolk, VA. Later, Rosalyn, along with her family, joined Union United Church of Christ, Norfolk. Holding fast to her faith, her last church affiliation would be with the church family of Shekinah Kingdom whom she loved and by whom she was loved.
Left to cherish her memory: one daughter, Sheena Glennette Saunders-Melvin, Chesapeake, VA; a granddaughter, Dymon LaVerne Saunders, Chesapeake, VA; two sisters, Sheena O. Harris, Norfolk and Lynette M. McDaniel, Chesapeake; three nephews, Ernest H. Harris, III, Ramon N. Kendall, IV, and Dante’ R. Kendall (Dawn); one niece, Kendra Kendall (George); three great nieces and one great nephew; and three special cousins, Terri Payne, Milton Reid and Phyllis Perkins. Also treasuring Rosalyn’s presence in their lives are her close friends and a host of other relatives. She was predeceased by her grandson, Darryous J. Saunders.