Rose Mary Beck Pelton, of Groesbeck, (known by all as “Rosie” or “Granny,”) passed away at Providence Hospital on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at age 72.
Visitation will be held at Groesbeck Funeral Home on Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 14, 2021 at Fort Parker Memorial Park, with Larry Ballou officiating.
Pallbearers will be Keith Sherrod, Nathan Pelton, Roger Ray, Chris Vasquez, Sergio Arredondo, and Terry Pelton. Honorary pallbearers will be Wesley Suttle, Kerry Evans, and Tray Kreder.
Rosie was born October 27, 1948 to Ednie Beck and Dorothy Avant Beck in Texas City. Growing up, she attended school in Forest Glade and then Mexia High School. As a child Rose contracted polio and spent some time in the hospital, while her parents were only allowed to view her through a window. She did grow out of this illness and spent many hours the rest of her life on her feet.
Rosie worked at Varo in Mexia for a short period but worked as a waitress most of her life. She worked 6 days a week at the Highway Café with her parents, Ednie and Dorothy. All her life she loved talking about the old days, listening to music, and being with a group of family and friends.
Rose was united in marriage with Joe Thomas Pelton on December 23, 1967. They lived some of the time in Houston but most of their life in Groesbeck. They had five children and two adopted sons. She and Joe kept the children busy and outdoors, with camping, fishing and hunting. Rosie said she had cooked so much fish for the family she wouldn’t eat another fish. Rose was a great cook, however, and loved to make baked goods. She had to start off every morning with black coffee and cookies and chose sweets before any other food.
Rose never met a stranger, and her home was full of the friends of her kids, even to sleeping on the floor. No one ever left her home hungry. After she was no longer working as a waitress, she stayed home to take care of the grandchildren. Everyone even the friends called her Granny. Granny didn’t judge anyone, but you better not mess with her kids or grandkids. She loved and lived for them.
She talked on the phone with her sister Betty Ann every day and they enjoyed trips to Waco together. She also enjoyed going with J.J., Zayden and Kaberian (aka Bubba) to the flea market at Waco and to Walmart. She was very active until the past week.
Rosie was preceded in death by her parents Ednie and Dorothy Beck; maternal grandparents, Wiley Avant and Cevilla Roark Avant; paternal grandparents, R.K. Beck and Ida Allen Beck; husband, Joe Thomas Pelton in 1988; stepson, Kenneth Irvin; inlaws, Lester and Lillia Mae Pelton; brother-in-law, Bobby Gene Pelton and his wife, Linda Pelton; brothers-in-law, Charles Rosson and Dewey Ray LaFoy; and numerous aunts and uncles; and her best friends, Bill O’Neal and Jeannie Thompson.
She is survived by her son Terry Don Pelton and daughter-in-law, Pam Pelton; daughter, Sherri Cordova and Willie Washington; son, Berry Gene Pelton; son, Jerry Pelton; daughter, Verri Pelton; son, Zayden Pelton; “adopted son” Keith Sherrod, and Daniel Rosales who was “like a son.”
Her 10 grandchildren are: Misty Jo and husband Roger Ray; Leeza Rosales and fiancé Chris Vasquez; Miranda Rosales and husband Sergio Arredondo; Kaberian Strain; Draylin Rice; Bryson Rice; Nikki Pelton; Amanda Pelton Evans and husband Kerry; Kala Hollis; and Nathan Pelton and wife Amber. She has 13 great grandchildren: Kaisyn, Makya, Treyden, Jaiden, Travion, Karsyn, Kyzer, Kaiden, Taylor, Emma, Ryker, Jaylana, and a great grandbaby on the way.
Rosie’s sisters are Betty Ann LaFoy, Honey and husband Wesley Suttle, Becky and husband John Hawkins, and Juanita White, who has been “like a sister.” She also has nieces, Lacy Kreder, Aleshia Kreder, Crystal Beard, Jennifer Wilson and husband Kelly, Isabelle Pelton and Nina White and her children. The nephews are: Heath Pelton and wife Stacy, Jonathon and Ashley Hawkins, Mikal LaFoy, Robert LaFoy, and Tray Kreder. The great nephews are Austin Beard, Riley Beard and Bobby Wayne Pelton and his children, Brenden and Harper. Great nieces are: Charlie Christeen; Ashley Pelton and her children Cooper and Claire; Penny Pelton and Tabatha Pelton. Others special to the family include Michelle Robinette and her children; Denise Smith and her family; Ashley Hoover and her children; and Jeannie Ruth Hoover and her boys. And not least is “her girl, TuTu,” who has been her steady companion for thirteen years and went everywhere with Rosie.