Rose Jolly passed away at her home in Fair Oaks, California, on February 10, 2018 after a long and full life. She was born January 1, 1924 in Glendale, California to Jimmie Walter Binkley and Willie Pansy Keown and was raised in a home built by her father in Eagle Rock, California. As a five year old, she traveled with her mother to Washington D.C., visited the White House and met President Hoover and the First Lady, who was also from California. Upon returning, Rose, her mother, and her dear older sister, Betty Violet Day, lived in Hollywood with her grandparents, Tillie and Sam Keown. They belonged to the Country Church of Hollywood where Rose sang on the Church's Saturday morning radio show. Rose attended the Monticello School for Girls in 1931 and later Cheremoya Grammer School. She graduated from Los Angeles Belmont High School, and later in life, from San Mateo Community College. During her junior year in high school she lived with her older sister, Betty, and attended Hilmar High School. Sister Betty, who taught at Hilmar High, introduced Rose to one of her drama students, Jim Jolly, who Rose would marry in 1945. They remained married for 73 years until her passing. Jim and Rose had three children, Mayeve, David and Heidi which lead to 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. As an adult, Rose became an Amateur Radio Operator (W6QPV) and used this skill as a radio net operator for the women's cross-country airplane race, the Powder Puff Derby. Rose always loved music and singing and performed in College of Pacific summer theatre in Columbia California's Fallon House Theatre, as well as the San Carlos Little Theatre. She was always involved civically including being president of a Chapter of the Federated Women's Club of America, as well as being active in the Faculty Wives' Association at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey and the California State University Sacramento Affiliates. Rose also volunteered in Capitol Public Radio fundraisers. Rose loved history and became active in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) when she and her husband moved to Sacramento in 1976. She served many roles with the DAR including Vice Regent and Historian. Rose also was a lifelong avid gardener and always knew the Latin name for plants. In retirement years, she and husband, Jim, visited all 50 state capitals. Her entire life, Rose was known for her charming and gracious manner with all people. She sang and played the ukulele well into her 90s. She is deeply missed by her family and world of friends. A Celebration of Rose's life is planned by her family for later this spring. Charitable contributions can be made to the local DAR Chapter, Capitol Public Radio, the Kaiser Hospice Program, and your local Public Library.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Feb. 25, 2018.