At 71, Rosalie Daniels' life journey came to an end after a hard fought battle with illness on Oct. 1, 2013. Her journey began on Nov. 29, 1941 in Crockett, Texas after being born to LillieBell Victoria Ray and Tom Daniels. She was third born of four children to "MoMo."
Bessie, as she is commonly known, matriculated through the Crockett school system and was reared by her loving parents in the small country town.
She left Crockett in the late 1950's and relocated to Eloy, Ariz. In 1960 she gave birth to her only child in Casa Grande, Ariz., Perry Wayne Daniels, Sr., the love of her life. After Perry's birth, Bessie, along with her sister Dorothy, moved to Blythe, Calif. where she continued her life and legacy.
Bessie attended Palo Verde College, where she focused on childcare and child development. Bessie worked many years for Thrifty Drug Store and Kentucky Fried Chicken. Bessie was known for playing spades, dominos and bid-wiz, with her sister, Dot, and her close friend Pat Fletcher.
In the 1980's, when the Blythe Women's Softball League was in full effect, Bessie could always be found in the stands cheering on her nieces and friends and stirring up the crowd. She even played a few years of softball.
If you ever wanted to find Bessie, anyone in town knows that you could drive down Bell Lane and nine times out of 10 you would find "Aunt Bae," as she is affectionately known by her nieces and nephews, sitting under her carport on cool Blythe evenings. Other than that, her passion and her love was playing bingo. She would frequently, "go work" in Parker, Ariz., where she would bring home the bread from her bingo winnings.
Bessie was a woman of faith, faithfulness and truth. If it needed to be said, Aunt Bae would say it. Her curt candor is what made the community love and respect her.
On the day she gently took her last breath, with her son, Perry, by her side and entered into her eternal rest, she joined her loved ones who preceded her in death, her mother, LillieBell Victoria Ray; her father, Tom Daniels; her sister, Dorothy Lee Armstrong; her brother, Roosevelt Ray; her granddaughter, Yanika Daniels and her nephew, Terrence Hughes.
Her journey has ended; God as called her by name; we will always love and miss her....and Bell Lane will never be the same.
She leaves to cherish her memory her beloved son, Perry Daniels, Sr. (Rosie); her brother, Thomas Butler; grandchildren, Andre Daniels, Perry Daniels, Jr., Paige Daniels, and Terry Daniels; great-grandchildren, Kane Daniels, Ty Daniels, Armani Levario, Gage Daniels and Isaias Levario. Also cherishing her memory is a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Visitation for Rosalie "Bessie" Daniels will be Oct. 10, 2013 from 4-8 p.m. Homegoing services will be Oct. 11, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Frye Chapel and Mortuary. All cards, acknowledgments, resolutions and donations can be sent to Frye Chapel.