Rosalie Shumway Irwin, 73, passed peacefully to a well-deserved rest on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at Flagstaff Medical Center while surrounded by people she loved. A viewing will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Winslow LDS Stake Center. A second viewing will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, at the Woodruff LDS Chapel, with the funeral services to follow at 11 a.m. at Woodruff Cemetery.
She was born on March 15, 1938, in Woodruff to Charles and Belle Shumway, and was blessed to be a middle child in a family of nine sisters and eight brothers. Her early school years were at the old Woodruff school, but she attended and graduated from Holbrook High School in 1956. She especially loved English and drama, and was an avid reader her entire life, devouring almost every book she came across.
Rosalie married her sweetheart, Jimmie Ray Irwin, on June 12, 1956, in Woodruff. They met while she waited tables at The Downtowner restaurant in Holbrook and Jim worked at a service station across the street. Jim has often told the story of flirting with the apron-wearing red-head who served him when he came in, on one occasion stealthily pulling her apron-stings and spilling her tips across the floor of the restaurant. Rosalie and Jimmie were sealed together for eternity on Feb. 7, 1976, in the Mesa Temple.
Throughout their married life Rosalie and Jim lived in Winslow and Woodruff at various times, raising a family of five sons and three daughters. Rosalie will be remembered for her unwavering faith in God and love of her family. She was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many capacities in the church over the years.
Rosalie was diagnosed with cancer in 1978 and battled against the prognosis that she would only live a short while. Against the odds, her loved ones were blessed to have her for another 33 years, during which time she had her eighth child, saw each of her children married, and enjoyed the addition of 27 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren to her family.
Survivors include her husband, Jimmie Ray Irwin; her children, Kathy Dobbins (Warren), Nina Ortiz (Louie), Jimmie Ray Irwin Jr. (Michelle), Ben Irwin (Michelle), Sam Irwin (April), Belle Dalton (David), Josh Irwin and David Irwin (April); all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two sisters, Beth Pierce (Joy) and Mina Evans (Hal); eight brothers, Lee Shumway, Walter Shumway, Royd Shumway, Dean Shumway (Barbara), Owen Shumway (Janet), Eric Shumway, Doyle Shumway (Janice) and Gerry Shumway; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Waiting for Rosalie on the other side of the veil were her parents and seven dearly missed sisters, Freda, Luella, Alice, Faye, Kaye, Nina and Ora Belle.
Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of the arrangements.