Rose Marie Chapman, age 91, of Orlando, FL, graduated to Glory on Saturday, March 18, 2023. Praise the Lord, she's with her Savior, Jesus Christ.
She is survived by sons Robert Edward “Rob” Chapman, Jr. and William Gregory “Greg” Chapman; sister Ann Fontana; daughters-
in-lawRobin Chapman and Merri Chapman; grandchildren Rachel Cleveland (Kendall), Rylee Ayala (James), Reagan Chapman, Katie Smith (Matt) and Daniel Chapman (Lyndee); and great-grandchildren Abby Kate Smith, Ethan Smith, Samuel Cleveland, and Lynda Chapman. She is preceded in death by husband Robert Edward “Bob” Chapman Sr., granddaughter Rebecca Chapman, and brother Richard Heyward.
Rosie was born in Thomasville, GA on July 11, 1931. She attended, graduated from, and met her husband of 35 years at the University of Florida (and we're sure she'd add here, Go Gators). She moved to Orlando where she and Bob were members of Delaney Street Baptist Church till each passed away. She also spent 34 years teaching both 5th and primarily 4th Grade in the Orange County School System.
Bob and Rosie were devoted parents, raised their sons to have Christ in their lives, and invested much of their time not only in their boys, but in many of the children and adults who attended their/her Sunday School classes throughout many many years.
Rosie was a prayer warrior which was clearly evident in how both her boys married “well above their station in life.” Her favorite Bible verses were many, and included among them were Romans 8:18, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” and Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (where she wrote in a note that gives the Philips Translation--Don't let the world squeeze you into its mold).
Mom left a legacy of love and devotion for her Savior which can be seen in the lives and love of many she touched. She'll be missed, but for those who also have a right relationship with Jesus, we rejoice that we'll one day see her again.
Celebration of life is ongoing (forever) in Heaven, and will be here on Earth at Delaney Street Baptist Church on Saturday, March 25 at 2:00 p.m.