Rosalia Allison Sanderson passed away on Saturday, September 5, 2015 in Galveston Texas at the age of 89. Rosalia was born on December 28, 1925 in Bay City, Texas to James and Rosalie Allison. She moved to Galveston at the age of 4 and spent the remainder of her life on Galveston Island. She attended St. Patrick’s Elementary School during her early years and then attended high school at the Ursuline Academy. In 1946, she married Henry F. Sanderson and they raised two daughters, Cynthia Sanderson Clement and Barbara Sanderson Weems, on the East End of Galveston in Fish Village. Rosalia worked for the Santa Fe Railroad during the war for several years and later at Rosenberg Elementary School where she spent 23 years helping children. In addition to raising her daughters and being an active member of her church, Rosalia was active in the Catholic Daughters, volunteered as a Girl Scout leader, and later in life volunteered at the 1894 Grand Opera House.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Rosalie Allison; her husband, Henry F. Sanderson; and her brother, Roy Allison.
Rosalia is survived by her children: Cynthia Sanderson Clement and her husband Bill, and Barbara Sanderson Weems; her grandchildren, Jeffrey Clement and wife Sara, Jennifer Clement Angier and husband Johnny, Lisa Clement Higgins and husband Michael, Brian Clement and wife Jennifer, Jessica Weems Holbrook and husband Ryan and Danny Weems and wife, Jaclyn; 11 wonderful great grandchildren: Jack Clement, Tyler Clement, Sienna Angier, John Angier IV, Lacey Higgins, Layton Higgins, Hannah Holbrook, Jaxson Holbrook, Hailey Holbrook, Harper Holbrook, and Archer Weems. Other family members surviving her include Mildred (Baby Sis) Stonequist, and numerous nieces, nephew and friends.
Rosalia’s family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00 pm, Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at Malloy and Son Funeral Home. A rosary will begin at 6:30 pm, led by Deacon Sam Dell’Olio.
The funeral service will be held at 10:00am Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at Malloy and Son Funeral Home followed by the burial at Calvary Cemetery in Galveston, Texas.
Pallbearers will be Jeffrey Clement, Brian Clement, Daniel Weems, Michael Higgins, Ryan Holbrook and John Allison.
Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Angier and James Sanderson Sr.