By Vincent Nealy
Rosetta Nealy Hull, who was a long time nurse at University Hospital and active in community organizations and St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Evanston, died April 9, 2022, in Cincinnati. She was 86.
Have you ever wondered what parents were thinking about when they choose our names? For Henry and Rose Nealy, their first child, Rosetta, was a fitting selection, a chip off the block of Rose, born May 14, 1935, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Rosetta and sister Geraldine (Jerry), a year apart, got there early teen work ethics in after school jobs working for their mother, who was manager of the Ninth Street YMCA Cafeteria, a West End-listed travelers stop in “The Negro Travelers Green Book.”
Rosetta graduated from Hughes High School in 1955 and entered Jewish Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1958 as an R.N. She worked at Jewish for a while, then entered a career in public health nursing.
By the Sixties she met George Hull Jr., of the George and Mary Hull family in Walnut Hills. They were married in 1962 at the newly relocated St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Evanston, which was formerly in the West End.
In 1969, Rosetta and George adopted their first child, Stephen, and, in 1971, their second child Henry. Stephen E. Hull died in 2005. Mrs. Hull loved her boys and her son Henry’s twin sons, Decter and Detric.
For years, the Hulls’ love for entertaining family and old friends at French Lick Resort in Indiana, and their annual holiday brunches were memorable.
From 1980 to 1992, Mrs. Hull was on staff at University Hospital as Ancillary Personal Educator, and, in 1991, she was honored with the Hospital’s Heroes Award. She continued after retirement, teaching CPR and chemical dependency prevention training.
For more than 35 years, she shared her nursing talents at St. Andrew’s Church in the ERS Parish Health Ministry. She coordinated the seasonal United Thank Offering Blue Box Campaign. In 2005, she was honored by the St. Anne’s Progressive Club. Her other ministries included ECP, The Episcopal Retirement Homes, helping the Altar Guild and coordinating the Red Dress Sundays.
Just like her mother, she and her sister took up civic activism, she joined the Ohio Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, and the Optimist Welfare Club, where she was one of the oldest members. She became president of the club for many years, just as her mother had done.
Mrs. Hull’s other activities included Rockdale Academy Girls Club, Pleasant Ridge Girls Club Mentors, Jack and Jills Club, bridge club, and she was a with the Pan City Garden Club for 45 years.
Mrs. Hull was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease about 12 years ago, but she suppressed it from her family until it became obvious. After her sister Sudant’s death in 2017, her brother stepped in to be her care giver until her passing on April 9. Though the last few years were not difficult for her, there was change and change for the world – COVID. Mrs. Hull was a fighter to the end of this realm’s journey; a loving, diligent and giving person.
She is survived by her husband George Jr.: a son, Henry; a brother, Vincent: a grandson, Decter: and other relatives and friends.