Rosalind Ferrell 'Ros' Kling Stroup
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Long time Pomona resident, Rosalind Kling, passed away in her home with her family by her bedside, Saturday, October 5, 2013. She was 99.
Rosalind lived a long life, blessed with a true joy of living, love and dedication to her family, and her love of golf. Ros played golf until she was 95. She was given an Honorary Life Membership at Mountain Meadows Golf Course where she almost never missed playing with the Thursday Women's Club. Her beverage of choice (Tequila & Tonic) often followed a tough day on the links. For that, she became a legend. She also attributed it to her long and active life.
Sports writer, Phil Roche, of the Progress Bulletin, once interviewed Ros at 95 for his sports column, "Tee to Cup" in 2009, about her love of the game. Ros, and husband "Babe" played in the Progress Bulletin's twilight league at Los Serranos for many years. Los Serranos is where her love for golf began.
Rosalind was born in Hollywood, May 14, 1914 to parents James G. Ferrell and Blanche McBee Ferrell. When she was two years old, the Ferrell family, (including her brothers Raymond and Wilson) moved to Pomona. Her father, Jim, was transferred by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company to hire and organize a sales force in the Pomona Valley. These were the earliest days of what is now known as Met Life.
In 1918, Jim opened The Ferrell Insurance (General) Agency in the Pomona Progress Bulletin Building. He owned and operated the business until he retired in 1949. He then turned the business over to son-in-law, Dayton H. (Babe) Kling and Rosalind. Babe and Ros owned and operated the agency until Babe Kling's death in 1985. The Ferrell Insurance Agency was believed to be the last privately owned Insurance brokerage in California.
Rosalind Ferrell attended Pomona schools and graduated from the grand old Pomona High School in 1933 located on Holt Avenue. In 1959, Pomona High School burned to the ground. Ironically, the school was partially insured by the Ferrell Insurance Agency. Even more ironic is that the fire
occurred on Ros' birthday.
After graduation, Rosalind attended Chinourd Art Institute in Los Angeles where she studied studio set design. The Great Depression put an end to her dream and she went to work in San Francisco in the Insurance Business.
She married her childhood sweetheart Dayton H. (Babe) Kling October 22, 1944 after he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Babe was scheduled to be discharged in San Francisco. Rosalind made frequent trips to visit him on weekends driving on a two lane road. She picked up servicemen needing transportation along the way.
Growing up during the great depression taught her to 'make do 'with very little. She loved sewing school clothes and bridesmaid dresses for her two daughters. She also knit beautiful dresses and sweaters for friends. She loved her garden and made beautiful floral arrangements for family gatherings. She was a very fast typist, and earned 1 cent per juke box label in the 1950's.
Rosalind was a proud member of the Jerry Voorhis Democratic Club in Claremont. Her father campaigned for the venerable 4-term U.S. Congressman, who donated his acres of property to Cal Poly Pomona. She loved to tell about Voorhees in 1932-33 coming to the Pomona High School gymnasium on rainy days wearing his muddy plow boots. Voorhis told hilarious, real life stories to the student body.
Ros was a member of the Pomona Emblem Club, of the Elk's Lodge 789, and directed the Elks Memorial Service at the State Convention in San Diego. She was Pomona High School PTA President in 1963 (the first year on the new Bangor site) and was President of the Pomona Valley Jr. Ballet Company in 1964.
At 80 years young, Rosalind married Willam (Bill) Stroup, a Certified Public Accountant. They enjoyed driving to Baja every weekend and built a home at Bajamar on the Golf Course in Ensenada. Both Ros and Bill became members at Canyon Crest Country Club where Ros played several years on the women's team.
After her 95th Birthday, Rosalind asked her daughters to help her write a book to honor her late father. It was a project she considered "unfinished business" and had weighed heavily on her mind for more than a decade.
The book is titled, A Tribute To James G. Ferrell, The True Beginnings of the Los Angeles County Fair 1918-1922. Her father was a true Pomona pioneer and was Finance Chairman of the Pomona Fair at its inception. The book can be found at the Pomona Public Library in " Special Collections".
Rosalind was preceded in death by her husband Dayton H. Babe Kling, Brothers: Dr. Raymond Ferrell of Pomona, Wilson Ferrell of Lancaster, and second husband William Stroup.
She is survived by two daughters, both natives of Pomona: Karen Kling Popovec of Rowland Heights, and Carole Kling O'Neill of Pomona. She is also survived by son-in-laws Mike Popovec and Dennis O'Neill and four grandchildren: Michael D. Popovec of Fort Worth, Texas, Mandy Herndon of Chino Hills, John O'Neill of Pomona, and Karie Apicella of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. And four great grandchildren: Madison and Wesley O'Neill, Audrey Herndon, and Charlotte Apicela. She is also survived by many former Pomona High School classmates of Karen and Carole who considered the Kling household as a second home during the mid-60's. The fact that the refrigerator always seemed to be full, and the house was across the street from school, might have had something to do with that. The door was always open.
Service: Friday, October 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Todd Memorial Chapel. Reception following: Pomona Sheraton Fairplex 12:30-3:30.
Todd Memorial Chapel - Pomona Chapel
570 North Garey Avenue Pomona, CA 91767
Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on Oct. 9, 2013