Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Edith Rose

8Edith Allen Hunter Rose (Edie, she was fondly called) was born on April 11, 1924, in East Orange, N.J. She graduated from Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Va., in 1944. During World War II, she worked in the communications field in order to assist the war effort. In the late 1940s, she was employed as a patent attorney's secretary and had the pleasure of typing the original patent on penicillin. During this time, while commuting from New Jersey to New York City, going from train to ferry, then walking over 10 blocks to her office all in high heels, she met her future husband, Howard Bennet Rose. The two were married in 1947.

Edie and Howard had two children, daughter Lynn Bennet Clarke of Bellevue, Idaho (husband Rusty Clarke, daughter Robin Leahy), and son Allen Hunter Rose of Moyie Springs, Idaho (wife Jan Rose, and sons Arron Brown and Birch Rose). They raised their family in Lake Valhalla, N.J., and Edie worked part-time as a real estate assistant.

In 1972, once both their children had left home, Edie and Howard headed south to Marco Island, Fla. Edie worked as a researcher in an ecology lab and eventually as a secretary for the Marco Island Fire Department. Upon retirement in the early 1980s, Edie and Howard traded house for motor home and set off to explore the states and visit their children and grandchildren. Eventually, they settled down in Hailey, Idaho, for a short period. Howard, the love of her life, passed away in 1989 and Edie then moved north to Bonners Ferry, Idaho, to be closer to her son and his family. In early 2004, Edie moved back to Hailey to be able to spend time with her daughter. Among her many passions, she loved boating, driving and playing cards. Edith passed away on July 31, 2007. She will be missed by her many friends and family. As our mom often sang, "Happy trails to you, 'til we meet again ... "

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