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Rosalie Grant

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Rosalie Vera Grant went to see her Heavenly Father the morning of September 21, 2017. She was born on February 5, 1942 to Frank and Vera Spitzenberger and was the youngest of four and their only daughter. Although she recently attended the Cowboy Church in Crockett, Texas, she was baptized in the Lutheran faith on October 30, 1949 and confirmed on February 5, 1967.

Rosalie grew up in the Spring Branch area of Houston where she made many lifelong friends who were like her family. She was previously married to Bill Nabors, Sr. and was the proud mother of son, Billy and daughter, Linda. She married Marel J. Grant in 1995 and they lived in Mauriceville, Texas; Southfork, CO and finally in Crockett, Texas. She cared for him in their home until she was no longer able.

Rosalie loved horses, was a wonderful cook, and especially enjoyed being Grandma Ossie to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also loved and took great comfort from the friends she met at her weekly Cancer Support Group meetings. Rosalie recently moved to Enchanted Pines Assisted Living and they cared for her as if she was part of their family. We will never forget the many people in Crockett who looked after and cared for our mom these past years. Although she recently suffered with many health issues, she never gave up hope that things would be better tomorrow. She was a living example of staying strong and to just keep going.

As only the Lord could plan, Rosalie and Marel went to heaven on the same day within hours apart. She is survived by son, Billy Nabors and wife, Christina; daughter, Linda Pittsford and husband, Gordon; and granddaughters, Sally Murphy and husband, Brent; Karen Nabors and wife, Ashley Castro; Natalie Hudgens and husband, Brett; and Halie Beckham and husband, Brady; great-grandchildren, Lindy Murphy, Elouise Beckham, Charlotte Beckham, Miles Murphy and Baby Hudgens due in January 2018. Rosalie is also survived by many extended family members, in-laws, and nieces and nephews.

A joint visitation for Rosalie and Marel will be held at the Callaway-Allee Funeral home in Crockett on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 10:00 am to 12 noon. Funeral services for Rosalie will be held in Houston at the Woodlawn Funeral Home on Thursday, September 28, 2017. The family will receive friends at 9:30 am, with the service starting at 10:30 am. Interment will immediately follow at Woodlawn Garden of Memories cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, you may consider a donation towards the Cancer Support Group of Houston County through Pioneer Bank in Crockett or the American Cancer Society.  Online condolences may be made at


  1. Oh my Aunt Rosalie… She was a woman you could only love with all your heart! Nothing but happy times with her. The love she had for all animals, especially horses. She always told me how proud she was of Billy & Linda.. And even more so when they had families of their own. She loved her grandchildren & great grandchildren even more. The memories I have of my best friend were the best adventures ever in my younger days. She was a positive role model to me and has a lot to do with the person I am today. So I figure that is where I get my opinionated side. :)There will always be that special place in my heart for her. My thoughts and prayers goes out to all of her family.

    Love you all,

  2. Sure goin to miss you Rosie. You and Mr Grant was a big part of our family. Not goin to be the same at Our holidays without you and Mr Grant. Thanks for always caring and loving my parents. Praying for you & Mr Grants family. So sorry for yalls loss. Heaven gained two special angels. Love and miss you both.

  3. As Mr. Rodgers stated when receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1997 Emmys, “All of us have special ones who have loved us into being.”

    Your mother gives you countless lessons throughout your life, way too many to list. Today one of those lessons comes to mind. When we were growing up it seemed that every event was accompanied by a dance with a live band; weddings, wedding anniversaries, fund raisers for the volunteer fire department, and birthdays. Only two kinds of music back then; Country and Western! The dances would take place in old tin covered gun clubs (Tin Hall), Sons of Herman, SPJST Lodge, VFW halls, and sometimes in the living room of friends. Mom would always break away from the adults to give me a dance lesson on the two-step, waltz, or polka. It was not an easy lesson. I remember her laughing, “You walk without looking at your feet. Why do you have to look at your feet now?”

    At times we would sit near the dance floor and Mom would point out the really good dancers. If Clarence and Francis Kolbe were on the floor, we just watched them; they were the best. Mom said good dancers just glide from the waist up. The rhythm is in their feet, but the couple appears to be floating together on a cloud of air. Eventually I got pretty good and during high school would go dancing every Saturday night at the local halls following our favorite band, The Outlaws. Dancing proved to be a great ice breaker for a young man that had trouble talking to girls.

    One night at a dance hall in north Houston a young girl introduced me to her best friend, “Here is Billy, the boy I told you that could dance”. If you ask Christina what got my foot in the door to winning her heart that night she will tell you, “Well, the boy can dance”. It is amazing what flowers that simple life lesson has brought to my life. Mom, thank you for the many lessons you patiently instructed. Thank you for the “roses”.

    Love Billy

  4. So sorry to hear this news about The Grants. Rosalie was so kind and very helpful when my mother was going through cancer treatments. She was a loyal friend and very appreciated by all of my family. My mom, Vera thought the world of Rosalie! Hope they are rejoicing in heaven! Rip Rosalie.

  5. It is always a sad day to lose another member of our class but to be able to leave cancer behind to go and be with God in Heaven is so much better that I feel Rosalie is in a much better place and is much happier. I hope she will have a good horse. With a good horse and being in Heaven is the ultimate place to be. Happy hunting Rosalie.

  6. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

    Maya Angelou

    Grandma made everyone feel equal. It didn’t matter who you were or how you got there you were family and she was going to feed you. Xoxo I love you Grandma Ossie.

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