Rosebud Merel Christine Lovell, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 while living at Country Care in Easton, Kansas.

Rosebud Merel Christine Lovell, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 while living at Country Care in Easton, Kansas. She was 99 years old. Rose was born Nov. 28, 1919 at 916 N. Main in Leavenworth to Dorcy and Minerva (Holthusen) Cord. She married John Stamper from Weston, Missouri on Dec. 24, 1936 and became a sharecropper’s wife in Platte county. After numerous financial and marital problems, she began working for Montgomery Wards at the main Kansas City store in 1954. After a managerial stint in Manhattan, Kansas, she transferred to a Houston, Texas store in the late 50’s. She married William Lovell from Galveston, Texas in 1959 then after his death in 1966, she returned to managing women’s fine retail stores in Houston until her retirement in 1980.
She returned to Leavenworth in 1980 and lived across the street from the Federal Penitentiary for 34 years. During that time she volunteered at Catholic Social Services and for awhile managed the prison gift shop at the state prison in Lansing.  
She enjoyed planting and tending outside flowers, painting and playing cards with friends and family. A baseball fan since her childhood, she held season tickets for the Houston Colt 45’s and Houston Astros in the 60’s. She enjoyed following the Royals and yelling at the umpires even while watching on tv. After moving to the Country Care facility in Easton, she became an activity leader in exercise groups and read to the residents from a variety of books every week.  In 2016, she was awarded the Ambassador of Family Life as a Marty Hegarty Distinguished Citizen. Rose was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star for over 60 years. Over the years she developed a philosophy that served her well; “Quit crying about it, get up and do something about it!”
Preceding her in death were three brothers; George, Julius and Clark Cord and two sisters, June and Dixie. Rose’s offspring are Mary Stamper, Missouri, Richard Stamper, Virgina and John Stamper, Winchester, Kansas. Rose had seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Rose had two special persons in her life, nephew, Donn Forbes, Hawaii and niece, June Strohmeyer, Maine.
Visitation will be Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018 6–8 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral service will be Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Cape Rust, officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Muncie cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Belden Larkin Funeral Home.