Rozetta Stutler Thompson, 83 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Rozetta Stutler Thompson, 83, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, formerly of Calhoun County, died January 22, 2011, following a short illness, with her children by her side.

She was born on Little Creek, daughter of the late Curtis and Mabel Schrader Stutler.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

She had several occupations, but later in life worked at Walt Disney World.

She is survived by five of her six children, Connie Miller, Sandra Spall, Linda Vuletic, Randy Phillippi, and Penny Zeilman. Her son Rick Thompson passed away five months ago.

She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild, numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Madeline Lynch and four brothers, Arlie, Bill, Earl and Ralph Stutler.

He final wishes will be carried out on Mother's Day with her ashes to be scattered on Little Creek, with a family memorial service to be conducted.

Many years ago, Rozetta, likely with her sister Madeline, wrote a poem that has achieved international recognition, later copyrighted by Ron Demarco:


I was walking down life's highway a long time ago, one day I saw a sign that read, "HEAVEN'S GROCERY STORE".

As I got a little closer the door came open wide, and when I came to myself I was standing inside.

I saw a host of Angels, they were standing everywhere, one handed me a blanket and said, "My child, shop with care, everything a Christian needs is in that grocery store, and all you can't carry, come back the next day for more.

First I got some Patience, Love was in the same row, further down was Understanding, needed everywhere you go.

I got a box or two of Wisdom, a bag or two of Faith, I just couldn't miss the Holy Ghost, it was all over the place.

I stopped to get some Strength and Courage to help me run this race, but then my blanket was getting full and I remembered I needed Grace.

I didn't forget Salvation which like the others was free, so I tried to get enough of that to save both you and me.

Then I started up to the counter to pay my grocery bill, for I thought I had everything to do my Master's will.

As I went up the aisle, I saw Prayer and had to put it in, for I knew when I stepped outside, I would run right into sin.

Peace and Joy were plentiful, they were on the last shelf. Song and Praise were hanging near so I just helped myself.

Then, I said to the Angel, "How much do I owe?"

The Angel smiled and said, "Just take them everywhere you go."

Again I politely asked, "How much do I really owe?" The Angel smiled again and said, "MY CHILD, JESUS PAID YOUR BILL A LONG TIME AGO."