BRANSON, Mo. — This Sunday, mom’s all around the country will be celebrated for Mother’s Day.
However, for many people, Mother’s Day may trigger sadness because of loss, broken relationships, or other adversities.
One local woman who knows what it feels like to suffer the Mother’s Day blues has made it her mission to spread cheer to those who need it most.
As flower shops and restaurants will be busy this weekend, so will 58-year-old Roseanne Murphy, a cook at Cox Health in Branson.
“”Hugging, smiling. People appreciate that,” said Murphy.
She understands the heartache Mother’s Day can bring for some. Murphy has never been married, has no birth children — and she lost her own mother.
“When she passed away, it was right after ..uhm maybe about a month after Mother’s Day — and a person came up to me and said..Miss Rosie..a little girl, happy mother’s day.”
However, she’s been nicknamed “Mama Rose” by hospital staff because of her extraordinary nurturing and giving spirit.
“Everybody who comes through our doors..all thousand of our employees, probably have a Rosie story,” said Brandei Clifton, Communications Manager for Cox.
Clifton shared her own Rosie story. It happened when Clifton’s mother-in-law was at the hospital on a cold day and realized she forgot her gloves.
“Rosie had gone to the gift shop..had never met my mother in law, and brought her a brand new pair of Rhinstone gloves, they were beautiful,” Clifton said.
Murphy was recently given the “Partners Spirit Award” by Cox for going above and beyond — and she was also given a namesake by a small child she met in the hospital.
“And she came in and she said Rosie, I want you to meet your Rosie. And I said who..and she said it’s my unicorn. I named her Miss Rosie. How awesome is that? And I’m not a mom,” said Murphy.
Murphy has been cooking up the love at Cox Branson for the past 9 years.