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Rose L. Frost, age 76, of Gatesville, formerly of Waco, passed away Thursday, July 23, 2015. Memorial services were at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 26, 2015, at Scott’s Funeral Home Chapel. Rose was born on August 20, 1938, in Ontario, California, to Sam W. Howell and Dorothy Muse Howell. She attended school in Dublin, Mississippi, graduating from Dublin High School. She married Weldon W. Frost in 1975. She worked for Meyer Family Enterprises for 30 years as a personal accountant for Paul Meyer, retiring in 2005. She was a longtime Baptist. She was preceded in death by her husband, Weldon W. Frost; parents, Sam W. and Dorothy Howell; and sister, Ann Sturdivant. Rose is survived by her daughter, Rose Denice Vrba and husband, Gary of Gatesville; grandchildren, Monica Vrba, Jamie Altamirana and husband, Ramon, and Adam Ray; great-grandchildren, Judd Bates, Kennady Moffatt, Gracie Summer-Lewis and Leila Altamirana; sister, Joyce Howell Cranford and husband, Jimmy, of Columbia, Tennessee; brother, Lewis Howell and wife, Mollie, of Clearwater, Florida; and brother-in-law, Sherrell Sturdivant of Aberdeen, Mississippi. Memorials may be made to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 9600 N Mopac Expy., Suite #150, Austin, TX 78759.

Mattie Freeman died Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at the age of 61. Funeral services were held Saturday, May 9, at New Zion Baptist Church in McGregor. She was born May 1, 1954, in McGregor to Willie Mae Sims and Clay Berkley. She graduated from McGregor High School in 1973. She was employed by Smead Mfg. until medical retirement in 1996.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister and two brothers. Survivors include her daughters Minister LaShanda White and Lesley Freeman, of Waco; son, Keith Freeman of Gatesville; sisters, Doris Hicks of McGregor, Leslie Woodson of Waco, Avonda Talley of Temple, Reeta Finley of Hallsburg and Margie Henderson and Trudie Hamilton of Waco; brothers, James Berkley of Los Angeles, Clayton Berkley and Rickey Berkley, both of Waco; and three grandchildren.