Rose Coe

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  • "I only had the pleasure of knowing Rose for 11 years but..."
    - Joyce Drye
  • "Evan I am so sad to hear the passing of Aunt Rose. She was..."
    - Jimmy Ellis
  • "The most wonderful smile! Such a good listener! Such fun..."
    - Shari and Mike Klasna
  • "My dear aunt is now with her family that has passed. She..."
    - Larry Ellis
  • "Evan, May God bless you during this time of sorrow. Rose..."
    - Janet and Don Vanderbeek
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Mrs. Rose Marie Coe, beloved wife of Evan, passed away on December 14, 2016 following several months of debilitating illnesses which ultimately wore down her usual feisty spirit.
Rose was born in northeastern Nebraska near the South Dakota border and the Missouri River. She was orphaned while a toddler and subsequently adopted by Henry and Eldora Pfeifer who had previously lost their only child. They were a hard-working family who owned a farm-ranch where, in addition to cooking and sewing, Rose did a man's work in the fields. She had fond memories of riding her horse, Peggy, to the one-room school house, grades 1-8, accompanied by her dog, Dagger. Upon graduation from high school she taught in that same school house for several years. To the disappointment of her adopted parents, she chose not to pursue an agricultural life but instead left home for Omaha where she initially worked as a waitress. She later enrolled in Peru State College in southeastern Nebraska where she focused on Latin American history and on geography. While at Peru State she helped pay her way by teaching swimming and serving as a lifeguard. She also befriended an upperclassman, Roger Haigh, who encouraged her to pursue an advanced degree. With the support of her mentor, Professor Gordon Kenyon, she was accepted into the graduate program at New Mexico State. Roger, however, persuaded her to apply to the University of Florida where he had recently completed his MA and was working on his Ph.D. With his strong recommendation, Rose was accepted at UF and spent the next three years working in the Library of Florida History under the supervision of Ms. Margaret Chapman who grew quite fond of her. She achieved her MA in 1960. Meanwhile, she met her future husband, Evan Coe, who was working on his MA in American history under the Korean GI Bill. They were married in January, 1961 with Ms. Chapman putting together the reception. Evan acquired his degree in June of that year and in the fall of 1961 the newlyweds found themselves in Miami where Evan had accepted a teaching position at the brand new Junior College. Rose took a teaching position briefly in a middle school and then, for the remainder of her teaching career, at Miami-Norland Senior High School.
Rose had over 20 wonderful years at Norland marked by numerous awards. Among those awards were "PTA Teacher of the Year," 1974; "Teacher of American Education Week," 1977; yearbook dedication, 1977; "American Legion Auxiliary Certificate of Appreciation," 1987; and, in that same year, was presented the "Coach of the Year" award for her coaching in the "Dade County Social Studies Knowledge Bowl Contest." The capstone of her career came in the role of Director of Student Activities, 1984-87. In that capacity she was in charge of student government, responsible for assemblies - including the end-of-year awards assembly which she turned into a mini-Oscars-like program - pep rallies, blood drives, the Junior-Senior prom and organizing and overseeing graduation day. She performed these tasks with diligence and efficiency (including schooling the student government officers in the art of running a meeting and negotiating contracts with ring companies, prom sites and bands, and the like. It was said during her tenure as Director, assemblies and graduations were flawless in execution. As a result, she won a "Gov. Bob Graham Associate Master Teacher Award," 1984 - 87, which brought with it a generous stipend. Rose retired in June, 1987.
Following Evan's retirement in 1989, the Coe's moved from their home of twenty-eight years in Hollywood to their current home in Sugarmill Woods. In that setting Rose became an active golfer and member of the SMWLGA. She also assumed responsibility for the early telephone directories for that community.
When the new Southern Woods Golf Club opened, the Coe's were among the first to join and it was not long before Rose and her friend, Freida Shimko, founded the LGA at that club with Rose serving three years as its first president. In recent years, as her ability to play the game diminished, she continued to write the newsletter in the Club News for the SWLGA and to help organize and support the various invitationals and such and to contribute as best she could to maintaining a flourishing and comradely organization at Southern Woods while also supporting the SMWLGA.
In addition to these activities, she also found the time and energy to care for a recently widowed lady and her mother who were long time friends from Hollywood. Rose did not want them living alone in South Florida so she purchased a home in Stonebrook Park for them where they lived safely and happily until their passing several years ago. Rose also purchased a home in Stonebrook for her older sister, (Rose's parents had seven children, Rose being the youngest and last surviving), a retired RN and we enjoyed her company on many occasions prior to her death a few years ago.
Conscious of the long, full and rewarding life she had had, Rose's only expressed regret was that she came along too early to be able to major in women's studies in graduate school and to be an active participant in that cause. She was a fond and firm supporter of "her girls" be they her students, fellow golfers - she was a lifetime member of the Lady Gator Golf Boosters - or recently, her care-givers. I believe the affection was mutual.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Dec. 19, 2016
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