Footprints: Rosamond Smith - The best neighbour anyone could ask for
Many lives were brightened on July 20, 1934, with the addition of Rosamond to the Smith family.
Always a diligent student, 'Rosebud', as she was affectionately called, did exceptionally well at St George's Elementary School and continued to be successful at Kingston Technical School.
Rose was committed to serving. She enriched the lives of anyone with whom she came in contact. She was a very active member of the Red Cross, a woman of the Lord, a vibrant member of the Church. Her faith was strong in the Lord and she trusted the Bible with great conviction, quoting verses appropriate for any occasion. On Sundays, without fanfare, she would quietly tuck into your handbag a slip of paper containing Bible passages or quotes such as 'God is love so let us love one another'.
Rosamond was her mother's only child. She did not have a spouse or any children, but she was not lonely for one second. She was loved by everyone with whom she came in contact as she always had a kind word or a warm smile.
In a tribute, past students and friends from St George's Girls', described her as being a loving friend who had a good sense of humour and an enquiring mind.
"Rose was the best neighbour anyone could ask for," they said during her funeral on May 2.
"We lived across the street from each other and she was the first person to welcome us to the neighbourhood. My husband revved his race car and she came out to the gate waving her broom and said, 'What is this noise? Do you think you are Michael Schumacher?'
That was the beginning of a strong and beautiful friendship.
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