The Free Press, Mankato, MN

June 18, 2013

Rosamond D. (Crooker) Staats Elliott

— Rosamond D. (Crooker) Staats Elliott 96, of New  Port Richey, Florida, passed away at Madison Pointe Nursing Center in Newport Richey on May 15. She was born in Fairmont, Mn, to Elizabeth (Betty) and Clarence Crooker on August 17, 1916, and graduated from Mankato High School before entering the WACS 1n 1942.  She was editor of the Military paper in Kearney, Nebraska and after finishing her tour moved to Rhode Island where she became the secretary to President of Rhode Island Airways in Providence, where she worked for eighteen years. She was an accomplished artist and traveled the world doing her oil paintings until her health required her to move to a warmer climate in Tampa, Florida where she lived until moving to New Port Richey to live with her daughter.  Ill health required her to move to the rest home in 2012 until her passing.  

 She is survived by one son, Gary and one daughter Barbara (Robert) Bolan, six grand children (Katheryn (Jim) Vonruden, Brenda, Valerie and Teresa Staats, Lisa (Ken) Allaire and Melissa (Theo) Pappas, and nine great grandchildren.  

 Funeral services were held in New Port Richey on May 19.  She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters (Carmen Larson Paul) and Clarice (John) Marsteen) and two brothers (Bruce and Sylvan).