Rosalie Taylor Womble passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 6, 2021 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
She was born December 14, 1929 and left us at the age of 91, much too soon for all who loved her. Rosalie was preceded in death by parents Rosalie Elam and Drewery B. Taylor of South Hill, Virginia and daughter, Mary “Bunky” Womble Manley of Virginia Beach.
Rosalie was a graduate of Radford College, and a proud member of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority. After graduation she settled in Norfolk where she was a physical education teacher. She married the late Worth M. Womble Jr. and started her family. Her immediate, as well as her extended family had always been her pride and joy. Her love for them fueled her boundless, giving energy and doing what she could for them was her greatest pleasure.
In the early 60’s, she and the family moved to Virginia Beach at which time they established Womble Realty in Kempsville. During this busy time she was instrumental in bringing a girls’ softball league to the area. Rosalie knew what was important, which is why she was always front and center at her children’s many activities to include; coaching Bunky’s softball teams, cheering on Bill at his baseball games, and taking Barbara to countless horse shows. Her door and kitchen were always open to her children’s friends, so much so that her kitchen lovingly was called “Rosie’s Grill”.
Our mother found great joy in giving back to the community. She logged in over 4,000 volunteers hours at Virginia Beach General Hospital. She was an active member of Kempsville Baptist Church for over 50 years.
Rosalie was a sports enthusiast, especially for college basketball. She joked how tired she got running up and down the court with the players! She avidly followed the Washington Nationals, keeping a scorebook to stay calm during the game. She also enjoyed golf, football and any activity her grandchildren participated in.
She loved socializing with friends in her crochet group, playing Bridge, and Mah-Jongg, and when the weather was nice she could be found working in her yard. Baking was her specialty. She made hundreds of her famous Texas Sheet Cakes for her friends and family. She rocked that cake!
We have always been amazed by the number of friends, of ALL ages that our Mom had. Her motto was, “To have a friend, you must be a friend”. We used to tease that when her time came, there wouldn’t be a church big enough to hold all of the people who loved and admired her.
Our mother taught us to appreciate all our many blessings. She counted hers every single day. She loved and was loved by her family. She is survived by her son, Bill Womble; daughter Barbara Womble Kahle and son in law Douglas Kahle. Grandchildren Tanner, and Alex Manley, Sam, Spenser, and Sage Kahle, Ryann and William Womble, and by her precious great grandson Grayson Kahle.
Our mother was an incredible person. Doing for others gave her great joy and fulfillment. To honor her, we ask that you bake or do something nice for a neighbor or friend or that you make a donation to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia.
Due to Covid concerns and restrictions we will postpone a Celebration of Life until a later date.