Rose was an excellent homemaker and cook with many interests in life
Published 19/03/2014 | 05:20
Rose White, Ardtullybeg, Riverstown, Dundalk, died peacefully in St. Oliver Plunkett's Hospital, Dundalk on February 24th.
Rose (née Connor) was born on 25th August 1925 in Loughanmore, Lordship and was one of six children of John and Elizabeth Connor.
At eighteen, Rose went to Dublin to work as a nanny/ housekeeper where she stayed for several years before returning to Dundalk to take up a similar position.
Rose met her future husband, Tommy White from Cooley in June 1944 and the couple married in November 1954 and set up home in Ardtullybeg.
The couple had seven children but sadly their oldest daughter, Roisin passed away in December 1963 aged just five years.
They were devoted to each other and their family and worked hard to create a very happy home.
Rose was an excellent cook and homemaker but loved to escape to the garden at the first ray of sun.
There she would spend hours among her flowers and growing vegetables for the family table. A pioneer all her life, Rose's weakness was Carroll's 'Sweet Afton' cigarettes and watching wrestling and snooker on the television.
Sadness visited the family again when Rose's beautiful granddaughter Caroline was killed aged eighteen in 2000.
Her strong faith and devotion to the Rosary helped Rose through these difficult times.
In September 2003, sadly Tommy passed away suddenly and part of Rose went with him.
At this time Rose was in the early stages of Alzheimers Disease but her condition rapidly declined on losing the love of her life.
Rose spent the last eight years of her life in St. Oliver Plunkett's Hospital where she was cared for with great attention and devotion.
Rose is survived by her sons, Sean, Tom, Laurence and Matt, daughters, Anne and Irene, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great-granddaughters, sisters-in-law Kitty, Angela and Annie, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Her Requiem Mass in St. James Church, Grange was concelebrated by Rev. Garret Campbell (Rose's grand nephew) and Very Rev. Malachy Conlon, P.P. Cooley.
The service was marked by the participation of all Rose's grandchildren and was truly a celebration of the life of a kind, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.