Rosie Marie Conway McGautha was born January 18th, 1938 to the union of Henry and Rosie M Conway. She was the middle child of three: sister, Earnestine and brother, Henry Jr. Family and lifestyle changes occurred early in life as she was raised by her father and stepmother, Hazel Conway. Rosie was known to “have it Hall” and to “have a good life”. Her parents and siblings preceded her in death.
Rosie attended Kansas City, Kansas schools: Attucks, Northeast, Sumner and Rosedale. At an early age, Rosie confessed her belief in Christ and was baptized at Greystone Baptist Church of Kansas. Later she became an active servant with over 50 years of service at Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church where she was Vice President of the Music Ministry, First Vice President of the Mission Ministry, and member of the Mother Board. She was the consummate shopper and loved buying items for care packets as well as canned goods for the needy. She supported Rosalind Brooks for several years as Kaw Valley District First Vice President Queen, and after Roz’s passing, assumed the role as MCMBC 1st Vice President where she reigned as Kaw Valley First Vice President Queen for the past four years. In June 2019, she was inducted into the Phyllis Jean Brown Missionary Hall of Fame of the Missionary Baptist State Convention of Kansas for her tireless service helping and giving to others.
Rosie married Milton G McGautha her high school boyfriend on March 27th, 1955. To this marriage seven children were born. The “MGM” clan were Michelle (Shelly), Milton Jr. (Gee), Marjorie, Marvia, Marvin (Glenny), Melva and Marilyn. She loved all her children and was active in their lives while being the best mom and wife that she knew how to be. The involvement with her children's education motivated her in becoming the PTA president of her children school, Sanford B. Ladd. When the youngest child, Marilyn, attended 3rd Grade, she began her first job working with the Head Start children and in the cafeteria of Ladd. She continued with the KC School District as a Para Professional and bus monitor for Delano Alternative School where she retired after 25 years. Rosie loved to travel with her family, her church family, participate with the Silver Sneakers Group at Linwood YMCA, AARP Group, go shopping, swimming, bowling and enjoy water aerobics. Her favorite restaurant was Red Lobster, and her best meal was steak, potato and salad. As she was known to, Rosie did live a good life.
Within the last 1 1/2 years of her life, change began. In November 2020 she moved with her daughter Marilyn in preparation of life changes and to continue to celebrate life. Thursday September 2nd, she said her “Goodbye” as she stated God said, “be at peace, I know you are tired, and I’m coming to get you.”
Friday, September 3rd, she spent time with her son Marvin; then later, sister-in-law Carol Crook, nieces Portia and Bridgette. She passed away in the home with her daughters Marvia and Melva by her side.
Family preceding her in death were her husband of 54 years, Milton McGautha Sr.; daughter Michelle (Shelly), son Milton (Gee) Jr.; daughter Marjorie; grandson Aaron; great-granddaughter RaZiyah.
She leaves to cherish her memory: daughters Marvia, Melva and Marilyn; son Marvin. Grandchildren: LaTanya (Robert), Trason, Aunika, Tyron, Marjorie (Cecil), Carmesha, Marsha (Joseph), Gerren (Brandi), Genee, Ashley (Rashaad) and Ramonda. She has 28 great grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren.
The M.G.M. Family, “We are like branches on a tree. We grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one.”
Funeral Service will be held next Friday, September 17, 2021, 11:00am at the Watkins Heritage Chapel. Interment Maple Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at the chapel. Service conducted by Watkins Heritage Chapel. Condolences may be shared on our website.
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