Rosa Beatrice Baldwin was born March 7, 1946 in Scotland Neck, NC to the late Norman Cannon and Annie Liza Turner. August 7, 2018 she fell asleep in death at Carroll Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Washington, DC.
In 1966, Rosa graduated from Brawley High School in Scotland Neck, NC. She was a very poised demur young lady. “Rose,” as she was affectionately called by many, was an avid reader who enjoyed writing poetry. In addition, she was a wonderful public speaker and would make sure you understood her point and stance. In 1966 “Rose” moved to Washington, DC with her dear cousin and lifelong best-friend, Frances Williams. Once arriving in Washington, “Rose” attended and graduated from Martha Washington Vocational School with a certificate in Nursing. She married Carl Larue Baldwin, Sr. (who preceded her in death) and to this union, two children were born; Lisa and Carl. “Rose” worked at the Washington Hospital Medical Center for thirty years and at the JB Johnson Nursing Facility for eight years until she retired due to health reasons.
One significant life-change that happened in “Rose’s” life was when she became a Witness of Jehovah. After studying the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses, she symbolized her dedication to Jehovah God by water baptism on June 23, 1979. She was adamant, passionate and rooted in her faith. “Rose” was always excited about engaging in the ministry; whether it was on the field, on the telephone, or one-on-one. “Rose” was dedicated and faithful unto death. She took comfort in Jehovah’s promise of a paradise earth in which she would again be with her family.
Once her health declined and “Rose” was unable to live on her own, she resided at Carroll Manor. Although fully handicapped, “Rose” did not allow her voice to be muted. She was an advocate for the residents at-large and served on the Carroll Manor Resident Council as a representative for the “Third Floor” residents. She was a voice for the residents and would demand change; and she was very successful. “Rose” was determined for things to be done right and did not rest until there was a change for the better. She will be sorely missed by the staff and residents of Carroll Manor.
In addition to her parents and husband, “Rose” is preceded in death by her daughter, Lisa Cannon; grandson, Carl Larue Baldwin, III; brother, Lonnie Turner; and sister, Dorothy Mae Turner.
She leaves to cherish her loving memories: one son, Carl Larue Baldwin, Jr of Eustis, FL., grandson, Michael Rashad Cannon of Greenville, NC, granddaugh- ters: Deborah Lashon Baldwin of Los Angeles, CA, Chante’ Renee Raynor of Greensboro, NC, and Jamanda Chante McAllister of District Heights, MD, sisters: Mamie Lee Turner of Scotland Neck, NC, Maytiller Evans and Ella Lee Braddock of Washington, DC and Betty Pendleton of Fredericksburg, VA, special cousin: Ruth Nixon of Scotland Neck, NC and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
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Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness
1206 Doewood Lane, Capitol Heights, MD
AUGUST 7, 2018
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Stewart Funeral Home
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