Elizabeth Rosiere (Betty)
Elizabeth Ann, or Betty as she was better known, (Shapland) Rosiere of Seneca, Missouri, 93, passed away, December 12, 2015 at Carthage Health and Rehab Center. Betty was born on 7 November 1922 in Hallsville, Missouri, the daughter of Rev Arthur G. and Ruth (Laney) Shapland. She was a graduate of Seneca High School; Northeastern Oklahoma Agriculture & Mechanical College, Miami, Oklahoma; and Missouri Southern State College, Joplin, Missouri. Betty married William E., Bill, Rosiere on 23 September, 1942. They had two sons, Randy E. and Russell A., and a "daughter of their hearts", Carol Roark. Durring World War II Betty taught in the Gallemore School, Newton County, Missouri; Spartan Aircraft factory, Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Navajo Indian Reservation, Toadlena New Mexico. Betty had a distinguished career as an elementary school teacher in several school districts, including 20 years at Westview (Newton County) from which she retired in 1989. Upon retirement from teaching, Betty (along with Bill) took an active part in the Joplin Chapter of Mended Hearts and the local Meals on Wheels in Seneca. Betty was an active, lifelong member of the United Methodist Church where she served in numerous capacities such as United Methodist Women and director of the Christmas Eve candlelight service for 50 years. Betty was preceded in death by Bill, her husband of 69 years, and her brother, Rev. James E. Shapland. Two great-grandchildren, Tye Hicks and Morgan Hicks. She is survived by her two sons; two grand children, Rashell Hopkins and Cody Rosiere; three great-grandchildren; and many friends. Services will be held in the Seneca United Methodist Church, 10:00 am. Wednesday, 16 December, 2015 with pastors Cynthia Royce and Marilyn O'Brien officiating. Internment will be at the Seneca Cemetery (Missouri side east slope facing rising sun). Pallbearers will be William Stevens, Sid Poor, Max Roark, Craig Thompson, Mike Claypool, and Eldon (Tink) Rakes. Honorary pallbearers will be Leon Allen, Wayne King, Gene Frisinger, Tom O'Brien, Don Hicks and Jim Shipp.