1955 - 2019
June Rossi, age 63, passed from this life on Monday, April 8, 2019. She was born on October 6, 1955 to William Best and Marie Lazenby Best in Port Arthur, TX.
A loving woman with a beautiful spirit, June was the strength of her family, their angel. Her tender, kind heart and her stubborn determination made her a rock for many; she lived for her family and others. June did not have a judgmental bone in her body. She would listen to any need or problem, and then offer unfiltered advice that was tough but needed to be said. Speaking was not her preferred way of communicating, she had a way of telling what you needed to hear, and what she meant, by the looks she would give, dropping her glasses and thoroughly expressing her point without a word. In the summer of 1972, she met the love of her life, Jimmy. He was smitten, and they started dating; that October sitting in his car, he told her that dating her would not work, and that he wanted to spend their lives together. They were married on March 2, 1973, and their love produced a legacy in their children and grandchildren. Jimmy was known to be a fighter, but so was June. June’s tough, caring heart brought out a softness in Jimmy; she fought for him to change his ways, and through her strength and resolve, saved his life. From then on what was hers was hers, and what was Jimmy’s was hers. She lived for her grandkids and gambling. Her pride and joy, the four grandchildren were spoiled and loved by her; messing with her grandbabies was grounds for a fight, often telling their parent to “leave them babies alone.” “Mawmaw” never missed a school event, function or just spending time with them: going to Clint’s football games; Gabi’s science competitions; Brayden’s theatre and performances; and putting together puzzles, drawing and playing Play-doh with Kyla, the baby. A mother to many, she took kids in over the years that considered her a second mom. Her penchant for gambling often led her to make the trip to Louisiana a few times a month, but she would go with friends, because she thought Jimmy brought bad luck. Famous for her gumbo and an excellent cook, she loved having friends and family around to feed, and you could not visit without expecting to eat. After their retirement, she and Jimmy had plans to travel and enjoy their remaining years, but during this life’s journey, she took a different road and made the trip to Heaven. June leaves behind a memory of love, kindness and dedication to those she touched that will be missed and cherished by all.
Left to honor her memory is her loving husband of 46 years, Jimmy Rossi; daughters, Jennifer Quick and husband, Kevin, of Katy, TX, Jessica Wooding and husband, Chris, of Queen City, TX; grandchildren, Brayden Ruiz, Kyla Quick, Gabi Gonzales and Clint Wooding; brothers, Billy Best and wife, Becky, of Kirbyville, TX, Edgar Best and wife, Cheryl, of Katy, TX and David Best of Vidor, TX; sister, Pat Evans and husband, Richard, of Warren, TX; and numerous nieces, nephews and her extended large family.
She is preceded in death by her parents and sister, Mary E. Scaife.
Visitation with family and friends will be 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 11, 2019, at Parkway Life Church, 1865 Farm to Market Rd 3513, Lumberton, TX 77657. June’s life honoring service will follow at 6:30 p.m., with Dickie Parrott officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her memory to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html or Texas Childrens Hospital, https://www.texaschildrens.org/.
St. Jude's Children's Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN 38105
Texas Children's Hospital
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