Mary R. Rose, 93, of Columbia Cottage in Palmyra, Pa., and formerly of Dansville passed away June 24, 2012, in the home.

 Mary R. Rose, 93, of Columbia Cottage in Palmyra, Pa., and formerly of Dansville passed away June 24, 2012, in the home.

Born June 27, 1918, in Galesburg, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Stephen E. and Georgia C. (Morey) Rutherford and was also predeceased by her husband of 66 years Charles W. Rose on Dec. 8, 2008, and a sister Ilah R. Lumby.

She graduated cum laude from Knox College in her hometown of Galesburg and was a member of Shells Evangelical Lutheran Church, Grantville, Pa. She was employed as a research librarian and teacher, but primarily spent her life ads a homemaker and volunteer in various community and Lutheran organizations.

Surviving are her children Patricia K., wife of Peter Keyes of Knoxville, Tenn., Martha S., wife of David Sanderson of Dansville, Steven A., husband of Linda Rose of Hummelstown, Pa., and Nancy J. Rose, wife of Bruce Batchelder of Richmond, Va.; grandchildren Mary Souther, wife of Charles Dayton, Joel Souther, Andrew, husband of Shannon Sanderson, Michael Sanderson, Molly, wife of Ben Sweeting, Emily Rose and Kevin Rose; great-grandchildren Addison Rose Willard and Henry David Sweeting.

A memorial service will be at noon Monday, July 2, at her church, 287 Shells Church Road, Grantville, Pa., preceded by a visitation from 11 a.m.  Interment will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to Shells Evangelical Lutheran Church Capital Campaign, 287 Shells Church Road, Grantville, PA 17028 or to Caring Hospice Services, 780 Eden Road, Suite 3-C, Lancaster, PA 17601.

Condolences may be shared at BuseFuneralHome.com.