HAMPTON - Jan Marie Rosser, 39, lost her year-long battle with cancer and passed away in the early morning hours at Sentara CarePlex Hospital in Hampton, Va., on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006. Jan was a much loved and important fixture in the community, and played an integral part in nurturing and perpetuating the independent music and art scene in Norfolk and the Tidewater area through her involvement in many original performances as a dancer, choreographer, and driving creative force. Her energy in these extracurricular areas spilled over and was often intertwined with her professional work for Operation Smile, and earlier at the Hope House Organization. While employed as the Volunteer Coordinator for Operation Smile, and as the Development Coordinator at the Hope House, she planned many creative fundraisers and appreciation and awareness days which often included live music and dance performances, making her work with the organizations unique and positive and widely successful. Jan was preceded in death by Lonnie and Josephine Lupton. She is survived by her mother and best friend, Jo Ann Rosser; her beloved sister and brother-in-law, Wendy and Brian Williams; brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Pam Champ; her very special 'Aunt Barb' and Uncle Michael Jones; and many close cousins and nieces and nephews, Audra, Kalei, Ryan, Dawson, Quinton, Emerald, Tristan and Jared, who were, most definitely, her pride and joy. Jan touched the lives of all who knew her and has literally dozens and dozens of very close friends. From her motorcycle buddies from work, to the many close girlfriends and Rollergirls of the Dominion Derby Girls where she served as the President on the Board of Directors and was a charter member, to her band and music connections, and her professional affiliations as President of the local chapter of the Southeastern Virginia Association of Volunteer Administrators, she will remain in the hearts of all who knew her. A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Friends may visit www.mem.com
to share remembrances, and donations may be made to St. Judes Children's Hospital in memory of Jan Marie Rosser.
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