MOUNT VERNON — Rosalie Alice Allison passed away peacefully Dec. 28, 2015. As a life-long Seventh Day Adventist Christian she is sleeping awaiting her Lord’s soon return.

Rosalie was born Oct. 14, 1938 in Lancaster, to Mary Valentine Bensonhaver and Lawrence Elmer Bensonhaver. She was the oldest of three children being survived by her brother Charles Bensonhaver, MD, of Seabrook Island, S.C., and Carol Upton, a nurse practitioner in Lexington, S.C.

She attended North Elementary School in Lancaster, then Mount Vernon Academy where she played the saxophone in the band. She was known for her beautiful long red hair. She graduated in 1956.

Rosalie then attended Ohio University followed by Andrews University in Michigan graduating in elementary education in 1962. After teaching in Wisconsin then Glendale, Calif., she returned to Andrews University and earned a master’s degree in education in 1967.

She taught first grade for J.N. Andrews Elementary School in Takoma Park, Md., for several years, then married at age 33 and moved to Mount Vernon. There she taught at the Seventh Day Adventist Elementary School until she retired after a 29 year career.

Rosalie and her husband, Harvey, moved to Orange Tree Village, Orange City, Fla., where she remained active in her local church. She joyfully took several trips including Alaska and Europe and especially to her beloved Gatlinburg, Tenn. Harvey died seven years ago.

She had no natural children, but found joy in her two stepdaughters Sandy, now deceased, and Marlene Higgs who lives in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Rosalie’s visitation will be Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, from 6-8 p.m., at the Lasater Funeral Home, 11337 Upper Gilchrist Road, Mount Vernon. A graveside service will be held the next morning at 10 a.m. in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.

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