Rose Marie Hinchliffe Riddle, 86, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, after a brief illness. Rose is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Alfred; her daughter Joan and husband Michael Stys of Austin, her sisters Hellen Finley of Dallas & Elizabeth Crockett of Temple and grandsons Alex and Jon Stys. Rose was born on November 11, 1926 in Mexia, Texas to loving parents Myrtle and Roland Hinchliffe and graduated from Mexia High School in 1944. She graduated from Texas Women's University in Denton in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science degree and from SMU in Dallas with a Master of Science degree. Rose taught science at several schools (K-12) in the Dallas Independent School District for 34 years. Rose had many passions in life. She loved swimming in Barton Springs pool while in college and later on could frequently be found swimming at any one of a number of favorite public pools in the Dallas area. Rose loved animals and caring for them - her favorite was a possum that she named "Pete". She travelled the world - the UK and Ireland, every country in central and southern Europe (Italy and Spain were favorites), Australia, China and Hawaii, staying in youth hostels everywhere she went because "that's where the interesting people are" - friends with whom she would correspond for many years afterwards. She loved playing the harmonica and made many friends in cafes and bars in those countries by pulling out her beloved harmonica and entertaining them with her vast repertoire into the late hours. Rose and Alfred resided in Dallas for 50 years until moving to Austin to be with their daughter Joan and her family in September 2011. There, she continued living her life to the fullest, going out to eat and shopping with Joan and continuing to entertain others at her residences by accompanying visiting bands with her harmonica. A memorial service for Rose will be held at Triumphant Love Lutheran Church on Friday, March 8th at 3:00PM, followed by a Happy Hour (which she also loved) at the Stys residence. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.
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Published in Dallas Morning News from Mar. 5 to Mar. 6, 2013