March 17, 1943 ~ July 27, 2011

Born in: Buncombe Co.,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Mary Ruth Rose, 68, of Dunwell Avenue, died Wednesday, July 27, 2011, following a long and courageous battle with cancer. A native of Buncombe Co., she was a daughter of the late James and Clara Ingle Sharpe. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Douglas Sharpe. Mrs. Rose worked for the Buncombe Co. Schools Progressive Education Program, with Visiting Health Professionals, and also as a floral designer for Gudgers Flowers. She formerly attended Candler House of Prayer. Mrs. Rose lived by her motto: "Blessed is the Peacemaker". She was the devoted wife of George W. Rose, her husband of 44 years and the loving mother of daughters Brenda Crisp and husband Phillip Sr. of Candler, Tammy Simmons and husband Bobby of Candler, Rita Rose of Asheville, Angela Rose and husband Miguel of Asheville, and Chris Merrill and husband Mike of Asheville; step-son Steven Eldon Rose of Covington, VA; 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild, due in November; and a sister, Juanita Holloway of Fairview. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with the Rev. Roger Lunsford officiating. Interment will follow at Crawford Ray Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Christopher James Robinson, Phillip Allen Crisp, Jr., Eric Daniel Robinson, Robert Cody Sams, Jerry Calvin Holloway, Jr., and Joshua James Holloway. Her family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Following the service, the family will gather at the home of Brenda Crisp. Flowers are appreciated, or donations may be made to Cancer Centers of North Carolina, 20 Medical Park Dr., Asheville, NC 28803.

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  1. Our Prayers are with all of you. Aunt Mary will be missed by many who loved her and knew her. She always seemed to have a smile on her face regardless of what was going on. May she Rest in Peace.

  2. To all the Rose family , I am so sorry for your loss. I will remember you in prayer. Time dulls the pain but does not take it away,especially when you lose a mom.

  3. Dear George & Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. George you and your family are in my thoughts and Prayers. May the sorrow you feel in your heart be lightened by the love that surrounds you and knowing that Mary is in Heaven watching over you.

  4. No more tears, No more night, no more pain, only Gods lamp of light. God be with your family. Jerry & Gail Bradley

  5. George and Family

    Words seem meaningless at a time like this. Rest assured that your faith, family and friends will help you get through. Our prayers and thoughts will be with you all.

    James Hinton & Gail Gordon

  6. Dear George and Family:
    Just wanted you to know that ya’ll are in our thoughts and prayers. Mary was a wonderful loving person. If there is anything we can do for yany of you please let us know.
    Last time that I talked to Mary about a week ago she told me how much she loved her family….never forget how much she loved each and everyone of you. Love you guys
    Jim Brenda Jimmy Sandy and Kim

  7. To my lovely Wife, Mary, whom I have loved since 1965. I will always love you and sadly miss you. I will hold you in my heart with all of my well being.
    Love you, Darling.
    Love your Husband, George

  8. My three best friends,George & Mary Rose and their baby girl,Chrissy.I love you Mamaw.I tried to be a help to you. I love you.

  9. Mr. George Rose.

    My most sincere condolences for this bitter trance where you and your family is going through. I wish with all my heart that the good memories of the past mitigate some of the pain that currently you and your family are suffering.

    God in His infinite mercy is taking care of her now, even it is paintful we must consider that the good memories never die because she will remain in our hearts.

    I offer to you my own person if there is anything you need me.

    Allways your friend.

    Julio Cesar Lazaro Monola

  10. May God grant you peace and comfort during this difficult time. I am praying for your family. She is now in pardise living with our mighty Savior!

  11. Dear Family-
    I worked with Mary at VHP as a CNA many years ago. She was always willing to help in aynway– from seeing difficult patients to working extra hours to make sure everyone was taken care of. Your loss is unbearable now, but just think of her in Heaven, with no pain, only joy. You are in my prayers.
    Sandra Rice


  13. Chris I know how close you and your mother were. We are so sorry for your loss. To you and your family we have you in our prayers.
    Remember she is in good hands now with no pain or sickness.

  14. George and family, I am so sorry to hear about Mary. I worked with her at VHP and really enjoyed her friendship. It is our loss and Heavens gain. May you be blessed during this difficult time. My thoughts are with you.
    Gail Reece

  15. My condolences to your entire family. I have some memories of Mary from the 1980s… she was a nice lady. Praise God she is at peace with Jesus Christ! Love to you all in Him, Tina.

  16. Very sorry to hear of your loss. I worked with Mary years ago at VHP and always enjoyed talking with Mary. I remember her as a very sweet and loving person. I know she will be greatly missed. Prayers to the family during this difficult time.

  17. Angie, I am sorry to learn of your mother’s death. If she was one tenth as sweet as you (and I am sure she was), she will be remembered with warmth. My condolences to you and all your family.

  18. My sincere condolences to George,Brenda,Tammy,Rita,Angela,Chrissy and the whole Rose family.God needed a pretty rose to complete his flower arrangment and he hand picked Mary to complete it.

    Mary is resting in the arms of Jesus now free of pain and suffering.

    I pray that God will send you the family peace and comfort in this time of loss and great sorrow.Keep your faith in God because he is more than able to see you thru.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers, God Bless each of you.

  19. Mamaw was always there…filling a need, saying a prayer, or just to talk too and she always had a way of making you feel like everything was going to be okay. She is going to be deeply missed…first thing I went to do when my baby was sick was call her! We can still talk to her, feel her presence and know how much she loved us all! I love you all…my family means a lot to me…especially my Papaw! We are going to be okay…we just have to lean on and support each other! Love, Ryan Michelle

  20. Moma it’s been 7 years and the pain is still the same as the day the lord took you home to heal you I miss you so much !


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