Rose Ellen Norvell

Rose Ellen Norvell, age 79, of Webb City, passed away on Saturday, December 25, 2021 at her home.

Rose, daughter of the late Raymond and Alice (Manzella) Roach, was born on March 14, 1942 in Amarillo, TX.

On November 23, 1968, she was united in marriage to Merle Van Norvell in Joplin.  He preceded her in death on May 12, 2018.

Rose had a caregiver’s heart and was employed for over 30 years as a Home Health Aide for several different providers over the years such as Sacred Rose, Oxford and most recently Integrity.  Prior to her working in health care, she worked for employers Keller BBQ, Elders, National Mills and Cardinal Scales.  When she wasn’t working, Rose still found time to serve others in many volunteer opportunities.  She enjoyed knitting, to which she would then donate hats and shawls for cancer patients for the Freeman Advantage.  She previously volunteered at the Freeman Axillary and helped her daughter plan events for the VFW Post 5293 in Joplin.  She enjoyed puzzles, spending time making memories with her family, and any day spent at the Webb City Farmers Market helping at the Kings Kettle Korn booth.  Her devotion to her family and her gentle kindness will be missed by all.

Survivors include her daughter, Sharon Arner, of Webb City; one granddaughter, Cassie Arner, of Florida; her sister, Theresa Bush, and her husband, Nathan, of Richland, and her twin sister, Rosa Duvall, and her husband, Henry, of Joplin; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members.  In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

Celebration of Life services will be held on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at 6:00 PM at Parker Mortuary in Joplin with burial to follow at a later date at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery in Joplin.  The family will receive friends on Thursday beginning at 4:00 PM until the service time.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Joplin VFW Post 5293 and may be entrusted to the mortuary.

Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin.

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