Born Friday, April 3, 1925
Died Thursday, November 22, 2018
Rosetta (Love) Mathews Price was born on Friday, April 3rd, 1925 to parents Jimmy and Smith Ann (Muskrat) Love in Oktaha, Oklahoma. She was one of 5 children: James Love, Iva Lee Love, Robert (Baby) Love and Anna Jean (Love) Wooten.
The family later moved to Checotah, Oklahoma. Rosetta had many fond memories of her many friends and loved ones over her life growing up and raising her family in Checotah; which included the adventures of her favorite pet horse named Maydella.
Rosetta was a lifetime member of and eventual Associate Pastor of Eastside First Baptist Church Checotah. She sang in the choir over this time until her health prevented her from singing. Rosetta was also a member of the traveling Checotah Community Choir under the strong direction of Mrs. Pearline Robinson. This choir made a studio recorded album and performed on television in Tulsa.
Rosetta was involved in several community organizations over the years. One being the "Jesus's Bible Class" Some of the members over the years included Viola Ross, Rita Fulsom, Corine McNac, Loni Burkhaulter and Ruby Scott. They met weekly, gave offerings to families in need, hosted revivals, and assisted in many capacities in the community.
She was also a past member of the Gardenia Arts Club; which was an affiliate with National Association of Colored Women's Club Inc. with Dr. DeLois McGee as current club president.
Rosetta was one of the 1st African American women to be employed by the White Stag Sewing Company, Checotah, Ok. Which provided her the oportunity to clothe her children and nieces in the latest fashions. Rosetta also worked tirelessly as a Langston/OSU Cooperative Extension Representative until her retirement. She and her co-workers Ruth Kindred (Checotah) and Mrs. Freeman (Muskogee) provided nutrional support, home economic projects, financial, health and sewing workshops to the area communities.
Rosetta loved to sew and spent numerous hours on various projects including quilts, clothing, bedding and decorative home furnishings.
She was lovingly married to M.D. Mathews until his death in 1986. Of this union their three children Tony, Senora and Annita were born. Rosetta later married Joe S. Price until his passing in 2011.
Amongst her many friends and family left to cherish her memory are her loving children: Arthur (Tony) Mathews of Hollywood, California; Senora Caldwell (Lewis) of Checotah, OK; Annita Haynes (Leon) of Pittsburgh, PA, Seven grandchildren: Teri Bertrand and Kiana Williams of Checotah, OK; Shanti Mathews and Chris Mathews of Hollywood, CA; Jabari Mathews, of Pittsburgh PA; DeShawn Haynes of Washington, DC and Dustin Haynes of Pittsburgh, PA. one great-grandson, Malik Slaton of Atlanta, GA. Nieces Devetta Montgomery (Clifford) and Vanessa Powell (Sylvester) And one sibling, Iva Lee Love, of Muskogee, OK; along with her loving nieces, nephews and friends.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Checotah Nursing Center, Compassion Hospice and the Eastside First Baptist Church Family, niece, Junina Love; Beautician, Chef Charles Melton, Dr. John Rice and Chauncey Warrior.
A Home Going Service is Thursday, November 29, 2018, 11:00 a.m., Eastside First Baptist Church 411 NE 4th St, Checotah, OK, Pastor Bertha Jackson delivering the eulogy. Interment will follow in Paradise Cemetery, Checotah, OK.
Visitation, Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Flowers will be received Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
The family has been cared for by House of Winn Funeral Home & Cremations.