Mrs. Mary Lou Rozelle

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Mary Lou Rozelle, born July 1, 1941, in Columbus, Ohio to William I and Mary E Bell. Mary Lou passed peacefully surrounded by loving family on Saturday, October 8, 2022, at OSU Hospital. Mary Lou Rozelle married Reginald Rozelle on October 21, 1978. They are the parents of three children. Mary Lou grew up in Flytown, moved to the Hilltop in 1959 and graduated from Central High School in 1960.

She was a member of Friendship Missionary Baptist for 45 years. Where she was active in the church, Usher Ministry, an avid Vacation Bible School Worker, and a strong supporter of the Youth including Past President of the Smith Simmons Scholarship Ministry. She was affectionately known as the Neighborhood Mom to many who encountered her. She worked and retired from The Ohio State University for 29 years. Mary Lou enjoyed crocheting and reading where she was a member of a Book Club. She loved collecting black Santa Clauses.

She was preceded in death by her parents William and Mary E. Bell; her brothers William “Bill” Bell, George Michael Bell; Sisters, Suzanne Bell, Virginia Smith, and Carolyn Pruitt; In-Laws Joyce and Eubanks Rozelle; Sister-In-Laws Penny Bell and Berna Lou Bell.

Mary Lou, leaves to cherish her memories, loving husband Reginald Rozelle, son Timothy Taylor, daughters Stephanie and Theresa Taylor; three grandchildren Timothy Taylor, CA; Lamar (Marcela) Taylor, CA; and Janiero (Ali) Thiam, MD; six great grandchildren Noah Taylor, Levaeh Taylor, Suleymane Thiam, Afiyah Thiam, Serenity Grace Taylor, Harper Isabella Taylor. Niece Debra Smith, Nephews Curtis Smith (Patrick Raymond), Kevin (Donna) Bell, Nathan Bell. Sister-In-Law Roberta Rozelle, Aunts Linda (Samuel) Freeman, Cheryl Nichols, special cousins David and Krisdon Lynch and special friend Carol Godbolt; many cousins, great nieces, great nephews, god- grandchildren, and god-great grandchildren, as well as a host of wonderful friends who became family.

Visitation 10:00 AM and Memorial Service 11:00 AM Saturday, October 29, 2022, at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 1775 W. Broad Street.

Condolence Messages

  1. Theodore & Phuong Page ) Dublin Va.

    Reggie and family, we send our Heartfelt Condolences and prayers to your entire family and friends. May God richly bless you all during this difficult time. . Rest in Paradise Ms. MARY LOU ❤️.
    Theodore & Phuong Page

  2. We would like to extend our condolences to the family.
    In times of distress we need comfort that soothes our hearts. May the peace of God guard your hearts. With caring thoughts.

  3. This was my beloved cousin who was so sweet with a contagious laugh. She would help put the Lynch/Bell family reunions together. She will be missed by all who knew her. Rest well MaryLou

  4. MS. ETHEL EDWARD

    TO THE FAMILY OF MRS. MARY L. ROZELLE:

    MAY GOD GIVE YOU STRENGTH IN YOUR TIME OF SORROW. I REMEMBER HER ALWAYS SMILING. SHE WILL BE MISSED. I WAS A NEIGHBOR OF REGGIE & HIS FAMILY IN THE TERRACE. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

    WITH LOVE AND PRAYERS:

    MS. ETHEL (JONES) EDWARD & FAMILY

  5. Jacquelyn Woodward Marable

    To the family of Mary Lou Rozelle, you have my sincere condolences. She will be missed. You are in my thoughts. Sending love to all of you.

  6. My sister and I wish to send our sincere condolences to Reggie and the other members of Mary Lou’s family. We grew up together in Flytown and were childhood friends. All the members of Mary Lou’s family who knew me are all gone. To be “absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” God bless her family.

    Gloria Pearson Bent, Columbia, SC

  7. Dion and Patrice Harrison

    Sending prayers to Reggie and the entire Rozelle family. Mary Lou will be truly missed. May the Lord heal your heavy heart.

    Dion and Patrice Harrison and family

  8. I worked with Mary Lou in the College of Education. She was always so cheerful with a ready smile. She talked about having to walk past the “circus house” and the Ohio pen on the way home from school. I loved hearing her stories.

    • PAMALA LYNN GILLIAM

      Remembering all the family memories we shared growing up. Aunt MaryLou and Momny (Pricilla) were definitely partners ❤ and she served as our Bonus Mom, definitely more than an Aunt to us (Terry). Love, Peace Comfort & Understanding through this challenging time. The entire Gilliam Famiky sends there LOVE

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