Winston Wayne Ambrose, age 80, of Butler, Mo., died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007, at Bates County Memorial Hospital, in Butler. He was born March 11, 1927, to John and Blanch Leslie Ambrose, in Russellville, Mo.
Winston, one of four children, graduated from Jefferson City High School where he was class president, a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council and receipent of the "Best Foot Forward" award. He served his country during World War II in the United States Army, received the Pacific Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal and was honorably discharged, in 1947.
On June 5, 1949, he was united in marriage to Rozetta Jean Roberts at the First Baptist Church in Jefferson City and to this union, four children were born. Winston attended Jefferson City Junior College, received his bachelors degree from William Jewel College, in Libery, Mo., and his Master's in Social Work from the University of Missouri, in Columbia. Winston's career as a psychiatric social worker took him many places including Winfield, Kan., where he worked as director of Social Services at the State Hospital, LaFayette, Ind., as director of Social Services also at the State Hospital and Nevada, Mo., where he was director of Substance Abuse Treatment Program. After 40 years of dedicated service in Social Field Work, he retired in 1989. He was a member of the Nevada First Baptist Church.
Winston is survived by his wife, Rozetta Ambrose of Butler, Mo.; four sons, Mitchell Ambrose, of Kansas City, Mo., Chris Ambrose and wife Y. Sherie, of Thomasville, Ga., Gregory Ambrose and wife Mary of Lee's Summit, Mo., and Douglas Ambrose and wife Susan of Belton, Mo.; one brother, John Ambrose and wife Betty of Jefferson City, Mo.; one sister, Ruby Stockton and husband Bob of Emporia, Kan.; 16 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death, by his parents and one sister, Eileen Hamilton.
Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 28, at the chapel.
Memorial services are 1 p.m., Friday. Dec. 28, at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel, in Butler, Mo., with Dr. Bill Cox officiating and the Rev. Dick Pierson assisting. Inurnment, Salem Cemetery, Foster, Mo. In lieu of flowers, contributions, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.