NORMAN — Born in Norman on March 12, 1928, Rossine Etchieson, a proud resident of Norman, died early Wednesday morning at a facility in Colorado Springs where she had been in care for the past four months.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall Lynn Etchieson; her parents, Ross R. and Cora Fore Waddell; her older brother, Charles W. Waddell; older sister, Melba Bishop; and younger brother, Dean C. Waddell.
Rossine married her husband of 60 years, Marshall, soon after their 1947 graduation from Norman High School. She and Marshall chose to remain in Norman where they were close to both of their families and close to the University of Oklahoma. Rossine worked for The Norman Transcript in the classified advertising department before becoming a full-time mom and homemaker. Years later she returned to the work force and was employed in the food service industry where she held positions with Target, Adair’s Cafeteria and eventually retired from the Norman Public School System’s Central Kitchen.
Gardening, walking, and boating were hobbies she enjoyed during her life. However her true dedication was to her family and pets. Rossine believed that a home should be a welcoming place where family and friends gather to share food and conversation. She will be remembered as a selfless beloved mother, animal lover, sister, aunt, the ultimate hostess as well as a great cook too!
Rossine is survived by her daughter, Lieutenant Colonel, (Retired) Marcene Etchieson and son-in-law. Lieutenant Colonel, (Retired) Robert F. Mull of Woodland Park, Colo.; her younger sister and husband, Mary Jean and J.W. Malaby of Norman; her niece, Brenda Bishop of Norman, who until recently was her in-home companion; and various nieces and nephews from Norman, other parts of Oklahoma, Texas, California and South Carolina; and five adoring cats… all placed in new homes.
Her family will hold a private burial this coming week. A public memorial and celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at Havenbrook Funeral Home in Norman. This was the date of Rossine and Marshall’s wedding anniversary and will be a most fitting time to honor her and her life as a wife and mother.
In lieu of flowers and floral tributes her daughter requests that contributions may be made to Blue HAWK Animal Rescue of Norman or any other animal rescue organization or charity of choice.
Arrangements for Rossine and her family were placed in the care of the Vice family at the Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman. Online condolences may be shared at havenbrookfuneralhome.com