MYRTLE BEACH—Rosalyn Eldridge Clontz, 76, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully at home,on June 18 after a long illness of COPD and Parkinson's Disease.
She was a true Myrtle Beach native, born in a beach house on Ocean Boulevard to Elbert and "Sonny" Lizette Vereen Eldridge on Dec. 8, 1942.
She was predeceased by her parents; infant daughter Donna Lane Clontz and son-in-law Jimmy McKnight, all of Myrtle Beach.
Rosalyn met and married the love of her life, Bill, in 1961. They met at USC Coastal Carolina, when the college was still meeting in the afternoons at the old Conway High School.
Bill and Rosalyn served two terms as student body president and vice president respectively.
She was a lifelong, active member of First United Methodist Church of Myrtle Beach, the Open Fellowship Sunday School Class and the Lautrel Merchant Circle.
She served as a leader and attended BSF for almost 20 years.
She loved God, Jesus and her family.
By far her first and most important job was raising her children and later loving and caring for her grandchildren.
Rosalyn took care of her parents in their illnesses for 12 years.
She first had a career in banking at Coastal Federal Savings and Loan. She then had a second career for many years as owner/operator of the Surf Motel in Surfside.
Rosalyn was a gifted seamstress. She was creative and classy in everything she did. She loved crossword puzzles and Jeopardy. She cherished her family and friends.
In addition to her husband of almost 58 years, Rosalyn is survived by her children Danna Clontz McKnight of Myrtle Beach, Kristin "Christy" Clontz Bell (Brian)of Austin, Texas, Kevin Eldridge Clontz of Myrtle Beach and Geneva "Neva" Clontz Campbell (Josh) of Myrtle Beach: grandchildren Amelia McKnight, Olivia McKnight, Sydney Bell, Keenan Bell, Gage Clontz, Bella Campbell and Zoe Campbell; brother Ronald Eldridge ( Bonnie); brothers-in-law Donald Clontz (Libby) of High Point, North Carolina, and David Clontz (Karen)of Moncks Corner; sisters-in-law Judy Moir of Columbia and Janice Bean ( Roddy) of Hickory, North Carolina . She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held June 22 at First United Methodist Church of Myrtle Beach, with the Revs. Tom Brittain and Jonathan Harris officiating.
Memorials made be made to First United Methodist Church of Myrtle Beach, PO Box 1367, Myrtle Beach, SC 29578.
Goldfinch Funeral Home, Carolina Forest Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.