Rosetta Silver was born on Feb 24, 1934 to Acie & Nicie (Pittman) Silver, in Enfield, North Carolina. She was the oldest of three, and her siblings were Doris and Charles Cornelius Jones.
Once you met her, you couldn’t forget her!
Rosetta moved to Brooklyn, NY to join her family in 1944. The southern belle overcame her fear of the big city life, which was very fast paced and different from the life and culture she knew in the South.
Rosetta attended Prospect Heights High School in Brooklyn, NY. She met and married Samuel Archer Henderson on November 23rd, 1950. They were married for 27 years and from that union came their three children, Lauren Yvette (Henderson) Humdy, Samuel Richard Sr. and Steven Anthony. She loved her sister Doris’ children (Nathaniel, Kevin, Abdul (Michael), and Deane) as her own, and the bond between those cousins remains as brothers and sisters to this date.
Rosetta had a strong work ethic which she instilled in her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed meeting dignitaries from all over the world while employed at the World's Fair in Flushing, Queens, NY in 1964. She was one of the first two African- American women to be employed at Chase Manhattan in Rockefeller Plaza during the Civil Rights Movement in the 60's. She endured overwhelming challenges and was devastated by the death of Martin Luther King, as were so many others. She taught her children and grandchildren to stand up for what they believe and to believe they can be anything they want to be with a good education and the support of family.
She retired from New York Telephone Company in October of 1991, where she enjoyed connecting people to the ones they loved or the number they needed to get help. That was Rosetta! On her lunch or breaks she connected many friends and family members to one another, and it brought her so much joy. Rosetta was dedicated to her walk with the Lord and her family. She also taught her family and friends the art of fine dining.
She moved from NY to reside with her daughter in Longmont, Colorado in 2004. She moved to Cinnamon Park Assisted Living Center in 2005, where she lived for nearly 9 years. She would often say, “I used to have a house, now I have a peaceful park.” She loved it there. She then moved to Heritage Square at Good-Samaritan Society, Loveland Village and really lived so contentedly until the last of her days. She was always a stunning lady who had such a happy outlook on life, despite enduring a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. She loved music. She taught the Pathways Hospice and Good-Samaritan staff some pretty cool moves as she smiled with her dancing eyebrows and shoulders! One of her favorite sayings was, "I'm happy and content...living the life of Riley” (in reference to “The Life of Riley” TV show).
She lived a life of courage and was an encourager to all she met on life’s journey. Many friends, caregivers and family members remark that Rosetta had a way of lifting them up and helping them to see the brighter side of life. She endured to the end fighting the good fight. She may have had Alzheimer's, but Alzheimer's never had her!
Rosetta is preceded in death by her parents, Acie & Nicie (Pittman) Silver, beloved sister, Doris Davis, & grandson Andre. Left to mourn are her 3 children, Lauren of CO, Samuel Richard of Bronx, NY, Steven of Long Island, NY, brother, Charles Cornelius Jones, step-sister Betty Dorsey, daughters- in-law, Joyce Henderson and Margaret Henderson, seven grandchildren, Ife Morgan, Samuel Henderson Jr., David A. Humdy, Michael Henderson, Steven Christopher Henderson, Jasmin Nicole Henderson, Jonathan Henderson, 10 great grandchildren, and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
The family wishes to thank all of the caregivers who served her so graciously with dignity and a boat load of love! We will always remember your sacrifice for her well-being. Thanks also to everyone who reached out to the family, prayed and served us personally, far too many to list, but you were like Jesus with skin on and we are greatly indebted to you all. Rest assured that Rosetta is dancing in heaven, reunited with loved ones, happy, whole and healed! Thank you, Lord Jesus!
In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to consider donating in loving memory of Rosetta Silver to any of the following:
Pathways Hospice Community Care for Northern Colorado – Our goal is to place an engraved brick in the Pathways Sculpture Garden Walkway or an inscribed leaf on the Pathways Hospice Care Center Memorial Tree. Please contact Pathways Hospice Donor Relations Officer Marsha Sesskin at 970-292-1068 for more information on how to complete this donation.
Good-Samaritan Society Loveland Village – We would like to set up a music entertainment fund for the Heritage Square residents at the Loveland Village. Rosetta thrived on the music provided to the residents there, and we would like to continue to support such opportunities for the other residents. Please contact Director of Resource Management Craig Nelsen at 970-624-5466.
The Alzheimer’s Association – Please donate in hopes of a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Please find the information to donate at www.alz.org.