Biography: Rosemary Shuler Burroughs, 69, was called home on Monday, July 16, 2018 in New York City, NY at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital. She is survived by her husband, Chester Burroughs and three children, Lashawn Lee (Jerome Johnson) of South Carolina, Kip Lee (Koya) of Delaware and Channon Burroughs of Bronx, NY.
Rosemary (affectionately called Rose) was born to the late Tonzel (T.C.) Shuler and Thelma Shuler Cullars in Orangeburg, SC September 22, 1948 where she spent the first twelve years of her life before moving to the Bronx, NY in 1960. There, she attended P.S. 39 and P.S. 60 for Elementary and Middle school and then Grace Dodge High School. Being the hard worker that she was, as a teenager, Rose worked at EJ Korvets department store as a sales associate and was also a meat wrapper.
She then worked in numerous honorable positions, working for the Mayor of New York City from 1968-1971, then went on to be a secretary for a publishing company before going into her proud and gifted field as Supervisor of Escort services at the Veterans Affairs Hospital, where she interacted and ministered to veteran patients. Rose also offered her voluntary services as an Auxiliary Police Officer and as a School Advocate for Kids with special needs.
A woman of God, Rosemary was a member of Spring Green Baptist Church, under the leadership of Rev. Kelly from 1969-1974. She then became a member of Greater Universal Baptist Church, under the leadership of Rev. Fox from 1977 – 1995. Where she met and married the love of her life, Chester in 1984. She later made Fort Motte Baptist Church, under the leaderships of the late Rev. Curley Simmons and Rev. James A. Duckett, her final church home from 1998-present.
In 2000, Rose wanted to finally achieve her dream of earning her college degree, so she attended The College Of New Rochelle and graduated, Suma Cum Laude, in three years, with a Bachelors of Arts in Social Sciences.
Rose was a beloved woman of God who loved to talk and spread God’s love to whoever she came across. She will be remembered for her loving hugs, sense of humor, her love for her family and children and for her strong fight to Sickle Cell disease. She loved to sing, dance and watch movies (especially Sci-Fi). The sound of her laugh will surely be missed.
She leaves behind her mother and step-father, Thelma and Crawford Cullars. Her five grandchildren, Jarai Lee, Tamesha Williams (Lucas West), Jahmyah Reeves, Mahkai Lee, and Jordan Lee; one great-grandchild, Carson West; siblings, Tozel Shuler (Helen), Wilbur Shuler (Queen Ella), Ann Shuler (Erasmo Gual), Valeria Shuler and Dawn Johnson (Lyman T.); her honorary sister, Shirley Garrett and a host of special nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and close friends.