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Rosie Brimhall "Rose" Jarvis

1925 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Rosie Brimhall "Rose" Jarvis Obituary
Jarvis, Rosie (Rose) Brimhall
Rosie (Rose) Brimhall Jarvis, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, aunt, and friend died peacefully at home in Mesa, Arizona on April 12, 2016, after a long fight with cancer. She was born August 28, 1925 in Taylor, Arizona to Rosetta Palmer and George H Brimhall, children of Arizona pioneers. When 10 days old, she was brought to Mesa where she grew up, attending Lincoln, Irving, Franklin schools, and graduating from Mesa Union High School in May 1943. That same year she married Ivan Reid Nielson in the Mesa Arizona Temple, joining the ranks of servicemen's wives. A daughter, Sandra, was born to them in June 1945. After the dropping of the atomic bomb in August 1945, her dream of the war ending and their lives going forward with loyalty to God, country and family seemed to be closer. But the war changed many attitudes and lives, and her husband left her alone to raise her little girl. In 1949 Rosie married Reed W. Hall and moved to Eagar, Arizona where she spent 40 years serving in church and community, learning the intricacies of being a rancher's wife, helping to run a retail store (Hall Building Supply), raising three children (son Dale, and daughter Janece, added to their family), serving in the L.D.S. church on ward and stake levels, and contributing to the community in many capacities. Although she was mostly a stay-at-home mom and homemaker, she added to the family funds by working at times for the Becker Mercantile Company, selling Tupperware and Beauty Counselor cosmetics, and working as a lifeguard and water instructor at the Eagar indoor community pool. She taught dancing lessons for 10 years, and piano and organ lessons for 35 years, and created the choreography for school programs for 15 years. One of her most exciting opportunities was directing a choir of LDS Singing Mothers in the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City for the Relief Society Conference in the fall of 1965. Rosie was an integral part of the Round Valley 1976 Bicentennial Committee, helping with monthly patriotic programs. She was a charter member of the Round Valley Fine Arts Association, a member of the Business & Professional Women's Organization, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. Rosie and her friends were funeral "regulars" for years, singing families' favorites in duets and trios. She enjoyed homemaking activities, was a good cook and seamstress, making most of her girls' clothes and prom and wedding dresses. She made hundreds of baby blankets and quilts for friends and family which are treasured keepsakes. She enjoyed studying, and took college classes when they were offered at a college extension in Round Valley. She traveled at every opportunity, visiting all but two of the 50 United States, and many foreign countries, including Israel, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Greece, Belgium, Canada and Mexico. Even before family history was as user-friendly as it is today, she gathered many histories of her ancestors. She shared her musical talents and hard work through the years by directing choirs large and small, playing for school graduation ceremonies, and playing the organ at the Mesa Arizona Temple for 28 years. Her last music position, at age 90, was ward organist for the LDS Preston Ward near her home. She is survived, and will be greatly missed, by her loving husband, Kenneth Arthur Jarvis who she married in 1995; daughter Sandra (Nielson) Rush of Rexburg, Idaho; son Dale Hall of Springerville, Arizona; daughter Janece (Hall) Ray of Chandler, Arizona; 10 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great granddaughter; and myriad friends and extended family members. A memorial service, and celebration of her life of love and service, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Preston Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6655 E. Preston Street in Mesa. Rosie's husband and family will meet well-wishers the hour before the service; or messages can be left on the guestbook at meldrummortuary.com. In lieu of flowers, Rosie and Kenneth request any contributions go to Hospice at Home, 7254 E. Southern Ave., Suite 111, Mesa, Arizona 85209; or the Preston Ward Missionary Fund, 3015 N. Ravine, Mesa, AZ 85215.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 24, 2016
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