Mrs. Barbara A. Rose

  • Born: November 24, 1938
  • Died: October 22, 2019
  • Location: Murray, Kentucky

J. H. Churchill Funeral Home

201 S. 3rd Street
Murray, KY 42071
Tel. (270) 753-2411

Tribute & Message From The Family

Mrs. Barbara A. Rose, age 80, of Murray, Kentucky, died on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at the Murray-Calloway County Hospital in Murray, Kentucky.
Barbara was born on November 24, 1938, in Cynthiana, Kentucky to the late James Harold Anderson and Nancy Elizabeth Stump Anderson. Growing up at many military bases during WWII, her family settled in Lexington Kentucky where she graduated from Lafayette High School and the University of Kentucky, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business and meeting her husband of 59 years, Dr. Joseph Lee Rose who preceded her in death. Barbara retired as the Administrative Assistant to the Provost having worked for 30 plus years at Murray State University. Barbara was a member of the First Christian Church in Murray, Kentucky. She was also a member of the Murray Women's Club and the MSU Lunch Bunch. She especially enjoyed time with, and will be missed by her family, friends, and flower gardens.
Survivors include one daughter, Cheryl Rose and Sanda Jones of Shelbyville, Kentucky; one son, Joseph Rose and wife Kimberly (Marrs) of Towson, Maryland; one brother, Harold Thomas Anderson of Martinsville, Indiana; four grandchildren, Hayley Rose (Chris), Joseph David "JD" Rose, Jonathan Rose, James Hunter "Kevin" Rose; as well as three great-grandchildren, Aevry, Nora and Ella. She also leaves her wonderful caregivers, Jana Nightengale, Becci Walker-Paredes, Ashley Parker and Olivia Parsons, and many wonderful friends.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, November 2, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home with entombment following in the Murray City Cemetery. Rev. David Allbritten will officiate, and Traci Wells will sing. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral service on November 2, 2019, from 12 p.m. until the funeral hour at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home.
Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, PO Box 96011, Washington D.C. 20090-6011.
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Condolence & Memory Journal

My sincere sympathy to Barbara Joan's family. May God give you comfort and peace. Barbara Joan was my cousin.

Posted by Marsha Kaye McCauley - Cynthiana, KY - Family   November 01, 2019

Hi, family of Barbara Rose. Your mother made my life much easier many times at Murray State,,,and she did this for many probably. Loved her voice and her knowing smile.

Posted by Kate Lochte - Sun City Center, FL - Coworker   November 01, 2019

So sorry for your loss. We will pass the sad news to Jim, but he will not retain it.

Posted by Ralph & Darla Sandlin - Frankfort, KY   October 31, 2019

Dear Cheryl and Joey -You must be proud to have had Barbara as a mother. As I have said many times, she was one of my favorite people. Faye and I sincerely sympathize with you at this time, but know you must have many great memories to last a lifetime. Louis Beyer

Posted by Louis Beyer    October 31, 2019

You were a shining, friendly light to me when I found myself in a dismal situation. Your kindness and friendship will remain with me always. God bless good and faithful servant.

Posted by Wendy Collins - Murray, KY - Coworker   October 31, 2019

My deepest sympathies for Barbara's family. I worked with Barbara many moons ago as a student worker in the Provost's office. We always had so much fun although I know she thought I was crazy when I would hang the ice cream sign on Jim Booth's door indicating it was a good day for him to buy us a treat! My mom passed away about 18 months ago from Alzheimer's. It is a horrible disease that eats away at both the individual and the family. I know it has been a long road for the family and want you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Kristen Hornback Riggs - Franklin, TN   October 31, 2019

Joe & I convey our sympathies to all of you. We have so many fond memories of quality time spent with your parents at their home as they hosted countless departmental potlucks. Good conversations & laughter came easy. We always knew there would be fun to be had & fellowship with MSU friends & students. God bless y'all.

Posted by Lynda Chaney - Murray, KY - Friend   October 30, 2019

Joey, Kim, Cheryl, Sanda, and family, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Barbara was a colleague, mentor, and very dear friend and we seldom had a conversation where I did not get an update about all of you and your careers and children. She was so proud of all of you. Praying for peace and comfort.

Posted by Donna (Harris) Pursifull - New Carlisle, OH - Friend   October 30, 2019

Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. May your treasured memories of Barbara always fill your heart with love and peace

Posted by A friend   October 28, 2019

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