Rosalie Coleman is a mom, grandmother, great grandmother, politically savvy and an entrepreneur. She has also been working at Kane County Hospital since May 18, 2017, at the Front Desk, ER Desk and takes a call schedule to respond during an emergency.
Rosalie Porter was born and grew up in Boulder, Utah. She attended Southern Utah State and received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in finance. When SUS became a university, she was asked if she would like a new diploma from Southern Utah University which she accepted.
In November 1958 she was married to Jerry Coleman. He and Rosalie’s siblings were friends throughout high school and she assures me he was a bit older than her. Jerry and Rosalie moved to Kanab in December 1958. Rosalie lost Jerry in December 2014.
In 1967 Rosalie and Karen Alvey opened a restaurant together, The Country Kitchen, now Wild Thymes. The two held the business until 1972. In 1971 Jerry and Rosalie purchased a Phillips 66 station, now Samco, and ran it until 1983. They purchased the Exxon gas station and laundry, now Texaco, which Rosalie managed until this past summer. She ran the business, did bookwork and still found the time to give back to our City. She sat on the Kanab City Council for 12 years from 1986 through 1998. One of her proudest accomplishments was helping build the current Kanab City Library, which is a huge asset to our community. She also worked with Planning and Zoning and the Police Department.
Rosalie has 4 children: Sandra, Cindy, Wade, deceased, and Darrin. She can also brag about being the grandmother to 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Working at KCH full time doesn’t give her much leisure time but when she is able too she loves to refurbish furniture. Currently she is working on restoring a cast iron bed. (I think she should send a photograph when she is done with that project. I would love to see it.) At night she enjoys coloring. “It helps pass the time while I watch TV,” she mentioned. There isn’t a theme to her coloring but she says she has quite a collection and can’t pass up a new book.
“I enjoy working,” was the comment when I asked her about her future. She would also like to do some traveling and spend more time with the family. But the travel will have to wait a while longer, KCH isn’t ready for her to say farewell just yet. Thanks Rosalie.