Rosa Lea McNamee, 83, Tama, passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at Mercy Medical Center-Westlakes in West Des Moines. Funeral Services will be held Monday, March 12, at 10:30 a.m. at Living Faith United Methodist Church in Tama with Pastor Brian Oliver officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Tama. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 11 from 2-5 p.m. at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama.
Rosa Lea was born on Oct. 27, 1928, in rural Toledo, the daughter of Ralph and Blanche (Shelton) Mason.
She graduated from Garwin High School.
Rosa Lea McNamee
On May 1, 1949, she was united in marriage to Eldon A. McNamee at the Mason home farm in rural Clutier. For 26 years Rosa Lea ran the Tama City emergency dispatch out of her home.
She was a member of the Living Faith United Methodist Church in Tama where she was in the Miriam Circle.Rosa Lea was also a member of the Royal Neighbors and was a Camp Fire leader in her earlier years. She was Tama Citizen of the Year in 1995. She loved her soap operas, The Young and the Restless and the Bold and Beautiful. She also enjoyed watching the Iowa Hawkeyes. Her hobbies included puzzles, reading, and watching movies. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her grandchildren and her cat, Oliver.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Eldon on June 23, 2002; a daughter, Marsha McNamee; a son-in-law, Roger Wiese; and one brother, Lester (Bernice) Mason.
Survivors include four daughters, Rose Ann Wiese, Toledo, Diane (Larry) Lemker, Marshalltown, Mary (Mark) Alexander, Marshalltown, and Amy (Robb) Gage, Gilman; one son, Jim (Sara) McNamee, Melbourne; 10 grandchildren, Terry McNamee, Justin Anderson, Corey (Breanna) Anderson, Dara and Dirk Wiese, Adam Lemker, Travis and Sierra Gage, and Grace and Olivia McNamee; one great-granddaughter, Payton Anderson; one sister, Lela Hayslett,Tipton; one brother-in-law, Allen McNamee, Vinton; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial fund has been established.