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In 1942, Rose had remarried and was separated from her husband when she enlisted in the Army in Cincinnati, OH, according to her record in the National Archives, Access to Archival Databases. Rose Simpson was included in the picture of women who had enlisted in the army, the photograph was published in The Cincinnati Enquirer. The women were said to be the first from the area to enlist in the Army, and Rose Simpson appears to be the only African American in the picture.
Either during or after her military service, Rose Simpson divorced her husband. In 1949, she married Virgil Spears in Dayton, OH. Rose Ann Gazaway Moore Simpson Spears died in Cincinnati, OH, and she is buried in the Spring Grove Cemetery.
Sources: 1931 Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Marriage Records and Indexes (Ancestry); 1934 Ohio, County Marriage Records in Ancestry; "Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana women join WAAC's," The Enquirer, 08/08/1942, p.20; "City and County Statistics: "Vital Statistics: Marriage Licenses," The Journal Herald, 03/28/1949, p.19; Cincinnati, OH, Spring Grove Cemetery Index in Ancestry; see Rose Ann Spears at Find A Grave.
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|NKAA Source:||National Archives, Access to Archival Databases (online)|
|NKAA Source:||Ancestry (online)|
|NKAA Source:||The Cincinnati enquirer (newspaper)|
|NKAA Source:||The Journal herald (newspaper)|
Cite This NKAA Entry:
“Spears, Rose Ann Gazaway Moore Simpson,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed January 18, 2022, https://nkaa.uky.edu/nkaa/items/show/300004504.
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