Mary Rose(1927 - 2013)

Mary Rose, 86

Royalton and Little Falls

Oct. 31, 1927 - Dec. 30, 2013

Mary Rose, (Kaye) a longtime resident, teacher and PEO sister of Royalton and Little Falls, passed away Monday December 30, in her home.

Mary Kaye was born in Beresford, SD on Oct 31, 1927 and lived in several towns in South Dakota before settling in Mitchell, where she attended High School and Dakota Wesleyan University. Even as a self-described "Tomboy" she was the University Homecoming Queen, a member of the drama club, choir and other college activities.

She met and married Don Rose, started a family and shortly thereafter moved to Webster, SD. The family moved to Royalton in 1963 where both Mary and Don taught school. Mary taught English, music, school plays, coached cheerleading, accompanied musicians, played piano and organ for the Methodist Church and was active in many civic functions both in Royalton and Little Falls. She was an active member in PEO. Many of her students would often refer to her as a second Mom. After retiring, Mary and Don spent the winters in San Juan, TX, where they established many lifelong friends, friends forever as Mary said.

Mary leaves three children, Dan his wife Brenda, Dana his wife Cathy, Julie and daughter-in-law Cindy Rose (David's) wife. Mary has eight grandchildren, Stacey, Matt, Kelly, Courtney, Amber, Scott, Alix and Adam. She also has eight great grandchildren, Daniel, Jack, Charlie, Luke, Emma, Jayden, Zach and Carson.

The family invites friends and former students to attend a Memorial Service at the Royalton Legion on Monday Jan 6th at 6pm. Donations can be made to the Don and Mary Rose Scholarship Fund, established for Royalton HS graduates.

Published in the St. Cloud Times on Jan. 1, 2014