---- — Rosa Lee Mezo, age 69, formerly of Mt. Vernon, passed away Oct. 23, 2013, at Bluegrass Care & Rehabilitation Center in Lexington, Ky.
She was a loving sister, wonderful mother, devoted grandmother, a homemaker, farmwife, beautician, and an extraordinary cook at home and on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. She very much enjoyed cooking 12 years for Midland Enterprises and the Ingram Barge Company. Rosa Lee was also a member of the Seafarer's Union.
She was born Jan. 24, 1944, to James Howard "Red" Mezo and Leah June (Alexander) Mezo in Mt. Vernon.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Newell Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. (618-246-0100). Family will receive family and friends from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at South Side Baptist Church, 1800 S. 18th St., Mt. Vernon.
Survivors include one sister, Patricia (Harold) Carr, Cincinnati; one brother, Tony (Mary Beth) Mezo, Mt. Vernon; two daughters, Mary Susan (Grahlherr) Bashore and husband Jeff, of Lebanon, Mo., and Julie Ann (Grahlherr) Garrison and husband Steve of Lexington, Ky.; six grandchildren, Matt (Kira) Kash, Amy Kash, Hailey Garrison, Shane (Jessica) Kash, Alex Garrison and Jarrod Kash; four great-grandchildren, Hayden Kash, Gauge Taylor, Jacob Payne and Abbie Kash; one nephew, Steve (Donna) Carr; and two nieces, Renee (DJ) Pelaez and Susan (Bill) Huber.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jim Mezo; a sister, Sue (Joe) McCandrew; a granddaughter, Shirley Annette Kash; a grandson, Seth Kash; and a great-granddaughter, Bella Kash.
Rosa Lee "Rosie" enjoyed cooking and sharing recipes with family and friends. In her younger years, she enjoyed gardening, canning, sewing and crocheting. Rosie touched the lives of many with love and kindness, be it through recipes, a glass of iced tea at the dining table or simply by being there to listen when you needed her. She was loved by all who knew her and will be dearly missed. Our love goes with her and our souls wait to join her.