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Rose Mary Sterling Spruill

rose mary spruill

December 3, 1950 ~ September 5, 2023

Born in: San Antonio , Texas
Resided in: San Antonio, Texas

Rose Mary Sterling (Spruill), MSN, Ed. went to be with the Lord Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at 72. She was born In San Antonio, Texas on December 3, 1950, at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Antonio, Texas to the late Mary Louise Flores and James William Sterling. She attended elementary and middle school in San Antonio and was a graduate of Sam Houston High School class of 1968. Roses went on to work as a unit clerk at a local hospital. She went to school to pursue an elementary teaching degree but decided to change her major to nursing. Rose loved to dance and was in many talent and dance shows in San Antonio. She was crowned Queen of Soul in the 70’s.
She received a dual masters from University of Phoenix and was a doctoral candidate at Cappella University. She retired from St. Philips College as the Dean of Health Sciences in 2019 and highly respected within the San Antonio Community.
Rose Spruill, MSN, Ed. served as the Dean of Health Sciences at St. Philip’s College. She developed and directed the Allied Health and Professional Education Programs at St. Philips College. Dean Spruill used her knowledge of planning, developing, and implementing allied health and professional education programs and policies to meet State, National, and Federal agency guidelines, accreditation, and certification standards.
She served as a liaison with cooperating agencies in administering programs, including coordinating with, and researching prospective employers for determining needed technical and professional programs for the placement of graduates. As the Dean of Health Sciences, she was also in charge of coordinating with the office of Institutional Research to do follow Du studies of students to determine the effectiveness of the programs under her direction. Dean Spruill served on numerous councils and committees at the district or college level and developed curriculum, area plans, and budgets for allied health and professional education programs.
She will be dearly missed by her children: Daughter Tandalynn Racquel Martin, Sons: Randy A. Spruill and Brandon Sterling Spruill. Stepdaughter, Traci Holmes; Grandchildren: Brianna Racquel Drewy (Anthony Drewy), Tierra Martin, Tysia Martin, Aiyana Williams, Casi Holmes, Cori Holmes, Weslee Rocco, Jaiden Lee Spruill, Elijah Lee Spruill; Great-grandchildren, Brayden Drew, Bryson Drew, Brodie Lee Drewy, Cayden Derby, Chase Derby, Carter Derby, Weslee Rocco Jr., Cairo Rocco, and Masako Maxwell. Siblings Beverly Sterling Strambler, Stephanie Sterling Davis, Dell Sterling Portis, Millicent Patterson, Milton Avery Holmes, III, Robert Lee Thompson, Mary Louise Thompson; Her beloved fur babies, Xochil and Max.

She is proceeded in death, by her parents Mary Flores and James William Sterling. Her brothers James Sterling, William Sterling, and Anthony Sterling. Rose will truly be missed by her friends, family, and community.


Visitation: September 15, 2023 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

MeadowLawn Funeral Home
5611 E. Houston St.
San Antonio, TX United States


Funeral Service: September 16, 2023 10:00 am - 11:30 am

MeadowLawn Chapel
5611 E. Houston St.
San Antonio, TX United States


Cemetery: September 16, 2023 12:00 pm

MeadowLawn Memorial Park
5611 E. Houston St.
San Antonio, TX United States


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  1. CandleImageI loved Rose so much she was always amazing when we sat and talked when I was studying at St Philips. She was spunky and full of stories and we loved sitting and talking about Jaidin and Fran. I will miss her so much, and I know she’s up there gossiping with Fran already!

  2. Our “Sweet Angel” has blessed so many of us personally and as a career mentor. Thank God for allowing me to be a recipient of your love.

    Thank you, Lord, for the blessings you have bestowed on my life. You have provided me with more than I could ever have imagined. You have surrounded me with people who always look out for me. You have given me family and friends who bless me every day with kind words and actions.

  3. CandleImageYou Will Be Truly Missed Ms.Rose 🌹🌹🌹
    Thank You For All The Love, Encourgement. You’ll Always Be Inspiration 👑👑👑
    🌹🕊Rest In Heavenly Peace 🕊🌹
    Love, Your Neighbors 🙏🏽😘

  4. CandleImageIt was a great pleasure to have known Rose as a (Sash) co-worker, neighbor and friend. Always ready to care for patients and support staff in achieving the goals that were before us. Her caring friendship was invaluable on several occasions. Her earthly presence will be missed 🙌🏾

  5. My best memories of Soror Rose center around her laughter. I met her for the first time in 2008. We sat next to each other at our graduation from our Masters degree program. We talked and laughed the entire time having never met each before. She convinced me to join XHO-it took me 3 yrs to finally join. Her last words to me and me to her were, “I love you”. She will be remembered and loved dearly.

  6. CandleImageMy sincere condolences to the family for your loss.

    I will remember Rose for her strong leadership and equal measure of compassion. She had the heart of an educator, working tirelessly each day in the belief that she was doing nothing less than changing lives – and she was so right. So many students, nurses, and educators carry on her legacy today. What an immeasurable gift she leaves behind.

    I am thankful for her mentorship and inspiration.

  7. Beautiful Rose, what an amazing gift you are to the world. I will always cherish our friendship, especially during our many years working as colleagues. Your smile, your wonderful sense of humor, and your genuine expressions of kindness and compassion impacted so many people in such positive ways. And now you have your wings sweet Rose. I am so thankful for your friendship.

  8. CandleImageRev. Richard & Norvella Cottom and family ,may God be with the spruill and sterling family in their time of need not only now but always. Much love ❤️

  9. As the days continue to pass, I pray that you will find comfort and support in the people that surround you. Keep the wonderful memories in your mind & in your heart of Mrs. Rose Mary Sterling Spruill. It was a blessing to have the memories to reminisce today, on how many lives she touched in the nursing classrooms, clinical sites, & the field of nursing.

    “My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:2

    Shirley Carson-Davis PhD, APRN, MSN, FNP-BC
    Past Anti-Basileus-Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc,
    Past- Chairperson of Nursing – St. Philip’s College (LVN Program & LVN-RN Program)

  10. CandleImageWishing you strength and comfort during this difficult time. My deepest sympathy. Rose, you were heaven sent, your friend and colleague.

  11. So sorry to hear of her passing! She was the kindest and most collegial leader at SPC that I had the privilege to work for and with. She made it so easy to get things done and was never one to seek credit nor gratitude. All she wanted was to serve students and her colleagues. Selfless and a bright light. May you rest in eternal peace and much comfort to your family!

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