Rose Elise Davis was born on on July 4, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York, the only child born to the late Theodore Roosevelt Davis and the late Ella Frances Davis. Rose accepted Christ at an early age and was an active member at Cornerstone Baptist Church. Rose was a very spirited child and was often getting into trouble for being so busy and outspoken. Rose learned to play the piano at a very early age and was a gifted classical pianist. She enjoyed playing the musical styles of Bach and Beethoven. Along with playing the piano,
she was a singer with a beautiful soprano vocal tone. She enjoyed singing opera and theatre. Rose loved to act and was cast in a few Off-Broadway plays. Rose was also a member of the All City Chorus of New York.
Soon after Rose graduated from Grover Cleveland High School, she married Carl Johnson, Sr., and from that union three children were born. She began working for the United States Post Office, and from there she transitioned to the MTA of NYC Transit. There she became a supervisor in 1981 and retired in 2003.
An avid lover of education, Rose decided to return to school. In January of 1985 she earned her Associate of Applied Science degree from Bronx Community College. Later, on May 21, 1995, upon completion of the necessary qualifications at the University of the State of New York, she was licensed as a Registered Professional Nurse.
She continued to broaden her horizons by taking many courses, including becoming a master gardener.
In July 1993, Rose took a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and was baptized in the Jordan River. For the completion of this pilgrimage, she was bestowed the title of Jerusalem Pilgrim. In December of 2003, Rose relocated to Clanton, Alabama. Then in 2004, she married her long time life partner, Lawrence Utendahl, who preceded her in death.
In 2014, she went on a missionary trip with First United Methodist Church of Clanton to Guatemala. She and Dr. John Binkard provided medical care for the less fortunate citizens. Rose was a loving and compassionate individual and was a mother to many, taking care of the children in her community. Her home was a safe haven for all and a place to find love and reassurance.
She leaves to cherish her memory: a daughter, Juanita Johnson; three sons, Carl Johnson, Jr. (Angernette), Thomas Johnson (Constance), and William Brown (Karima); grandchildren, Candice Johnson, Donald Isaac, Domonic Flood, Shekia Parker (Kenneth), Princess Shamona Johnson, Kareeme Johnson, Aveeon Frazier, Anthony Johnson, Tongilere Roache, Princess Malysia Johnson, Kamal Simmons (Nancy), Princess Na-Asia James (Demain), Khalif Brown, and Nadira Brown; and great-grandchildren, Destiny Cordova, Essance Flood, Saniyah Flood, Zyniah Peachy, Cameron Meyers, Kevin Johnson, Angelo Johnson, Princess Jasmine Vosicky, Anthony Vosicky, Cameron Carpenter, David Johnson, Roman Johnson, Keenen DeShields, Princeton Brown, Brylon Brown, NayQuan Armand, NayShawn Hagans, Nayla Simmons, Nasir Simmons, Noah Simmons, Zion Hicks, Atiya James, and Isaiah James. She also leaves to cherish nieces, nephews, godchildren, and other relatives and friends.