Mary Rosalee Stevens Stock peacefully passed away on May 26, 2023. Her last act was to comfort her family. She silently said, "Don't be sad. It is okay."
Rosalee was born July 24, 1940, to Robert Westbrook and Mary Mildred Stevens. She was the youngest child and only daughter.
She spent her formative years in Springville, Utah tagging along with her older brother Royal.
In high school she was in the pep club, Novelty Circle Club, and she sang in the A Cappella Choir. She continued to share her beautiful singing talent throughout her life. Along with singing, she played the accordion, which was always a good time.
After graduating from Springville High School, she earned a secretarial certificate from LDS Business College. At that time, her brother, Royal, was in the service in Germany, and she wrote to him to get guidance for her next step in life. Royal, was friends with Lawrence Stock who was also serving in Germany. Royal suggested to Lawrence to write to Rosalee, and their love story began.
Rosalee and Lawrence were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on May 24, 1961. They celebrated 62 years together.
Except for a brief stint in Greasewood, Arizona, Rosalee and Lawrence spent their entire married life in Waterflow, New Mexico where they raised their three children: Shelly, Steven, and Stephanie.
Rosalee's life in Waterflow was filled with farm work, service, church, friends, and family.
She quickly became a farmhand driving the tractor and helping with the farming.
She loved to craft, paint, decorate, and plant flowers. Every holiday brought a completely new decorating theme to her house both inside and out, and as soon as the weather was warm enough, the flower planting began, and her yard was ablaze with meticulously arranged flower beds. Her granddaughters share fond memories of scrapbooking, crafting, and painting with their Grandma.
She used her incredible decorating talents to serve in the community to decorate for socials, weddings, and the community Veteran's Day program and Christmas program.
She was a devoted friend and found great happiness from her book club and singing group.
She was a stalwart and faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served at the ward and stake levels in the Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary auxiliaries of the church. For many years, she was the director and regional cannery specialist for the church cannery. In the most recent years, she was a temple ordinance worker in the Albuquerque Temple, which brought her so much joy.
Her greatest joy, however, was her family. Wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother were the titles she loved the most. There was nothing she wouldn't do for her grandkids. It is safe to say, they had her wrapped around their fingers.
Rosalee was preceded in death by her parents, her older brother Lee Clark, and her son Steven Stock.
She is survived by her husband, Lawrence Stock, and their daughters, Shelly (Marv) Halling and Stephanie (Daniel) Fourr. She leaves a legacy of 16 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Royal (Lois) Stevens, and Lee's wife Bev Lane.
There will be a public viewing Friday, June 2, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Farmington Funeral Home, 2111 W. Apache Street, Farmington, New Mexico. The funeral will be Saturday, June 3, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Kirtland Stake Center, located at 10 Road 6523 in Kirtland. There will be a viewing Saturday morning from 10:00-10:45 prior to the funeral, which will start at 11:00. The services will also be lived streamed via Zoom (link below). The interment will be in the Kirtland Fruitland Cemetery.
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