Rozena (Rosie) B. Lanford Boyer passed away peacefully on Christmas Eve, 2017 at the age of 92. She was born on February 2, 1925 in Mangum, Oklahoma. Her family moved to Texas during the Dust Bowl era where she met and married the love of her life, Calvin L. Boyer. Rozena was an active member of Christ United Methodist Church for 39 years, where she was honored on multiple occasions as Woman of the Year. Rozena was employed as food service director at Texas A&I University and later at Delmar College until her retirement in 1985.
The Lanford family history will be carried on by the Daughters of the Six Sisters (DOTTS). Rozena spent her last weeks warmed by the Lanford Quilt. Each patch was stitched by her mother in 1955 and pieced together by her sister, Bernice Harvey and niece, Patricia Smith, in 1996.
It was family that brought Rozena the greatest happiness in this life.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Calvin, her parents, Elva and Zula Lanford, her sisters, Clara Loter, Jackie Herndon, Bernice Harvey, Attalee Miller and Essie Wetmore, one son-in-law Les Allday, and one grandson-in-law Lynn Hayes.
She is survived by her son, Gerald Boyer (Joleen) of Round Rock and daughter Wanda Boyer Allday of Kingsville. Eight grandchildren, Becky Bigbie, Chris (Jennifer) Boyer, Ken (Karen) Boyer, Glen (Lisa) Boyer, Sheri Hayes, Stephen (Laina) Schonefeld, Alyse (Kody) Baros, Calvin (Shannon) Schonefeld. Twenty-three Great Grandchildren: Jason Haggerton, Kelsey, Chad, and Craig Hayes, Austin Schonefeld, Ashtin Smith, Hailey and Hunter Schonefeld, Jenna, Ryan and Aaron Bigbie, Peyton, Chase and Clay Baros, Emma and Abbie Boyer, Benjamin, Zachary, Samuel, William, and Nathaniel Boyer, Luke and Drew Boyer, two great, great grandchildren, Zak Schonefeld and Baby Hayes. Also, very special in her life was Joan Dougherty Miller, affectionately known as the “utter” daughter and life-long dear friend, Nancy Ray.
Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 28, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church of Kingsville. The funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, December 29, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church of Kingsville. Burial will follow at Chamberlain Cemetery.
The family would like to express a heartfelt appreciation to Kindred Hospice for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Texas Lion’s Diabetes Camp in memory of Rozena Boyer, P.O. Box 471, Kingsville, TX 78364 or the American Cancer Society.
Services are entrusted to Turcotte-Piper Mortuary, 205 General Cavazos Blvd., Kingsville, Texas.
RIP my sweet udder Mom! I knew you were at my marriage in spirit to Tem on Friday. Will miss the talks we had sitting at your kitchen table! Also, I could always make you laugh and smile even though you thought I was being a smart -----! I will miss you! Love you! Joanie
Joanie Dougherty MillerBishop, TX
We will miss Rosie's smile. She was a beautiful being. We are blessed to have known and loved her. Jan & Craige
Jan & Craige EdgertonSan Jose, CA
Bless you sweet woman. You served as an example of what the older generation was and what it should be for today's generation. I respected you greatly. I will miss you.
David C. HerberAlice, TX
Sorry for the loss of your mom...I send my condolences to your family...
Charles " CHUCK " Rogers IIISan Marcos, TX
Rosie was a wonderful friend to my mom and family for the early years of our lives. We always visited until I was in 6th grade. Visits were less through the years but I never forgot the positive presence she had on my life. She will be greatly missed.
Peggy Saunders LancasterUtopia, TX
May God wrap His loving arms around the family and give you comfort and peace. I admired Mrs. Boyer for being such a sweet great-granny to Chad and Craig when they were in Kindergarten! Such lucky little guys to have had her in their lives! Nancy Smith
Nancy SmithBishop, TX
Dear Hayes family I am so sorry for your loss ,know that I am thinking of you ,my prayers are with you --CHERRIE--
CHERRIE HODGESJunction, TX
My condolencs the the family, especially Gerald and Wanda. You are so lucky to have had her so long.
Bob FitchNorth Richland Hills, TX