Rose Barbara Coury
May 24, 1919 - December 21, 2013
Rose Barbara Coury passed away peacefully at the age of 94, after living a full and gracious life. Born and raised in Quincy, MA, she has been a resident of the Modesto area since 1960. Rose was a devoted mother, businesswoman and active area volunteer. During World War II she worked for the War Department as the assistant to the Commander of Hingham shipyard. After the war she met her husband, Nicholas Coury in Boston and they married June 17, 1951.
Rose is survived by her husband Nicholas and their 3 sons, Stephen, Peter and Matthew Coury, three grandchildren, Hilary, Hayley and Wyatt, and three great-grandchildren, Harlow, Cruz and Dylan plus nieces Jolan and Cynthia Hegedus and nephew James Hegedus.
Rose was a busy mother and an accomplished businesswoman. She held positions as one of the first female reporters for the Modesto Bee covering local community news for Modesto and Empire. Her sons always had to be ready to jump in the station wagon when a story broke! She also provided news from the Modesto Bee at the local radio station. As a recognized dog breeder, she authored a syndicated column for the Modesto Bee under the title of "Your Dog and Mine". She ran two successful start-up businesses.
She was an active volunteer in multiple capacities including the PTA, St. Anthony's Church, Boy Scouts and others.
In her retirement years Rose enjoyed painting, travel, volunteer work at Memorial Hospital, the Modesto Chamber of Commerce and as an Election day precinct worker.
Services at Salas Brothers, 419 Scenic Dr., Modesto, Monday December 30th, 10 am.
Published in the Modesto Bee from Dec. 27 to Dec. 29, 2013
Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel Inc
419 Scenic Dr Modesto, CA 95350