Elizabeth Alice (Farr) Rose, 88, went to be with the Lord on Nov. 17, 2012. Elizabeth had lived in Olympia since 1965. She died at St. Peter’s Hospital after battling lymphoma.
Elizabeth was an only child and was born in Pullman on March 15, 1924 to Ed and Adeline Farr. She graduated high school at Pullman in 1942. Most of her career was spent as a legal secretary, which is how she met her husband, Clyde B. Rose.
In May, 1963 she married Clyde in Vancouver. She left the law office she worked for at the time and became Clyde’s secretary. She assisted him in creating thousands of letters regarding the state’s tax systems.
She was active in community affairs, particularly in schools around the South Bay area, including volunteering with the 4-H organization. In 1994 she and Clyde ceased their work activities to begin traveling in their motor home. They began their yearly trips to Yuma, Arizona, which she enjoyed immensely. Their yearly trips to the south are where they grew to love food from the Southwest. They traveled the United States extensively after retirement. Her favorite places were their homeland in Arkansas and Missouri. That’s where Clyde’s parents relocated from in 1899.
Elizabeth’s pride and joy were her children, Thomas Edward and Mary Elizabeth, followed closely by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Another part of her life in which she drew much enjoyment was being a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. She had been an active member since 1955. Through her involvement with Beta Sigma Phi, she developed many friendships that lasted a lifetime. She also found great joy working on the family history, tracing family roots from Virginia to Washington State.
Elizabeth is survived by her husband Clyde, her son Thomas E. Rose; grandchildren Tanya Rose-Johnston and Jason Johnston; Sarah and Robert Rothwell, and Jason and Sarah Rose. She is also survived by nine great-grandchildren (Jayce and Jonathan Johnston; NellMarie, Noah, Preston, and Josiah Rothwell; and Elizabeth (Ellie), Grayson, and Connor Rose).
She was preceded in death by her parents, Adeline Farr (1985), Ed Farr (1993), and by her daughter, Mary Elizabeth Rose (1973).
A memorial service will be held on Friday, Nov. 30, 2 p.m. at New Bridge Community Church (812 Central Street SE, Olympia). A viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 30 at Mills & Mills (5725 Littlerock Rd SW, Tumwater). She will be interred at Mills & Mills Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her name to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
The family would like to thank the following for their tireless efforts in caring for Elizabeth: Dr. Zachary Chen, Dr. Maury Blitman and the staff at Providence Regional Cancer Center in Lacey; the staff at St. Peter’s Hospital, and the staff at Evergreen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.