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171 Humboldt Ave.
Dorchester, MA 02121
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Rosie Bell

Rosie D. Bell (Dowdy)

Friday, April 10th, 1925 - Saturday, November 7th, 2020
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Rosie Bell, affectionately known as “Blessed”, was a long time resident of Boston, MA. She was born on April 10, 1925 in Sanford, North Carolina. After living a long and fulfilling life full of love, Rosie transitioned on to be with her Lord on November 7, 2020.

Rosie was one of ten children born to the late Levy Dowdy of Golston, North Carolina, and Rosie Young Dowdy of Hornet County, North Carolina. Rosie was preceded in death by her sisters: Bertha McGilvary, Beatrice Dowdy Jones, Laney McAuley, and Ollie McAuley; and brothers: James Dowdy, Malachi Dowdy, Charles Woodrow Dowdy, and John Clayton Dowdy. She also leaves behind a sister, Maggie Elisa Dowdy Clemons.

Rosie was an employee of Boston City Hospital where she served as a nursing assistant, and loved reminiscing about her love for the job. Rosie was a longtime member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, where she served as Church Mother, and a dedicated servant of the Lord. She like ministering the “good word” to her family, friends, and neighbors and enjoyed displaying her love for the Lord which was evident when she sung her song “I Got Heaven on My Mind!” Everyone that came across Rosie’s path always left feeling “blessed”, which eventually contributed to folks nicknaming her “Blessed”.

Rosie was known to welcome people into her home and treated them as her own. You could always count on her for a good conversation and she made the best sweet potato pie in town. During the holidays, family was known to gather at “Granny’s” house to secure their pie. Don’t let someone’s pie go missing! If so, there were serious problems!

Rosie was preceded in death by her sons: James C. McNeil, Samuel H. McNeil, and Joseph McNeil, Jr... She also leaves to mourn her precious memories one daughter: Janice McNeil-Horner and two sons: Leviticus “Lee” McNeil (wife, Roslyn McNeil), and Gene A. McNeil (wife, Jennifer McNeil). She also leaves 30 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great nephews, cousins and friends. She will be missed by all!

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, November 21st, 2020 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Saturday, November 21st, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Riley-Antoine Funeral Home
    171 Humboldt Ave.
    Dorchester, MA 02121
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  • Service

    Saturday, November 21st, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, November 21st, 2020 11:00am
    Riley-Antoine Funeral Home
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    Dorchester, MA 02121
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  • Interment

    St Michael Crematory
    500 Canterbury Street
    BOSTON, MA 02131
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Terry McGilberry

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To the Family of Mrs. Rosie Bell: Our hearts were sadden when we received the notice of the home going of Sister Rosie. Sister Rosie attended Murchison Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in her early years and on home visits. She shared a lot with our church family and was loved by many. Her family has always been a church going and supportive family in our community.
It is with our deepest sympathy and prayers for each of you. We wish we could calm your spirit and and bring you comfort. No matter how strong our love is for someone we rest assured that God loves them best. Sister Maggie Liza will continue to be in our prayers and thoughts. May God Bless you, keep you and bring you peace.

Rev. Clyde Watson, Pastor and Congregation of Murchison Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, Olivia, N.C.

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