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Rosa Tomlin (Phillips) McLelland

April 17, 1924 ~ May 26, 2018 (age 94)

Rosa Phillips Tomlin McLelland, 94, of Statesville, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the Gordon Hospice House.  She was born in Maryland on April 17, 1924 to the late Lawrence B. and Carrie Hoover Phillips.

Rosa was a graduate of Troutman High School, Mitchell College, and the Davis Hospital School of Nursing.  She was first married to John Perry Tomlin, who preceded her in death on September 13, 1997 and then was married to Floyd L. McLelland who preceded her in death on November 4, 2008.  Rosa worked at Davis Hospital for years and later retired from J.C. Penney Distribution Center where she worked as the Occupational Nurse.  She was a member of the Golden Age Club, Red Hatters, BPW and  Davis Hospital Alumni.  She was a member of Hebron Baptist Church where she was a member of the Joyful Seniors.  Rosa loved and cherished every minute of life, her family, and numerous friends.

 Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Patsy T. Nicholson (Danny) of Valdese, NC and Brenda  Tomlin-Aubrey (Peter) of Pawleys Island, SC; a step-daughter, Delane M. Porter (Eddie) of Statesville; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren, and many friends.

Funeral services will be held 3:00 pm Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Hebron Baptist Church with Rev. Darren Johnson and Rev. Joey Tomlin officiating.  The family will visit with friends prior to the service from 1:30 until 2:45pm.  A private family burial will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gordon Hospice House, 2341 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625, Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 175 Hebron Road, Statesville, NC 28625, or Iredell County Council on Aging, 344 E. Front Street, Statesville, NC 28677.   Online condolences may be made to the family at and Nicholson Funeral Home is serving

Donations may be made to:

Gordon Hospice House
2341 Simonton Rd., Statesville NC 28625

Council on Aging
344 E. Front Street, Statesville NC 28677
Tel: 1-704-872-5287

Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery Fund
175 Hebron Road, Statesville NC 28625
Tel: 1-704-872-5287

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