Grandmother of the Mother(s)

RIP Joy G. Rose
July 29, 1932-April 18, 2016
Dear Friends –

It is important to be thoughtful with our words. I try never to say things like “that kills me,” or “I hate that.” (hate is a very strong word). On that note, I have been mostly silent lately on social media, my blog, and other communications. My entire family has been going through a transition. Words fall short.

Throughout this time, my brothers, partner, children, and the workplace of Manhattan College have offered support. I am also grateful to Zhen Heinemann at Summer on the Hudson, who has been organizing the Mamapalooza Festival 2016,

This week saw the passing of my mother after a six-week illness. We are managing our grief with the knowledge of her life, well-lived; her age, eighty-three; and the closeness of our friends and family.

My Mother was the Grandmother of all the projects I’ve professionally nurtured through the years: the Museum of Motherhood, Mamapalooza, Housewives On Prozac, as well as to her own flesh and blood grandchildren. There is so much to write, but I am saving that for a later date. For now, I just send love, gratitude, and appreciation for the Grand Dame that she was. ~MJR


Joy Greist Rose

Joy G. Rose

Joy G. Rose

Joy departed this world surrounded and cared for by her beloved children. She was 83 years old, and was full of laughter, song and humor. She had a feisty spirit until the very end.  She was the devoted wife of her late husband H. David Rose, and her children: Martha Joy Rose, Harry David Rose III and Darton Scott Rose – She considered each one her favorite. She had nine grandchildren and two great -grandchildren whom she adored – she considered each one her favorite as well.

In addition to being the family matriarch, Joy led a life of extraordinary adventure. She canoed over 1,200 miles of American rivers, spent 4 glorious summers as a fire lookout in Montana, went camping every single summer for 55 years, drove a school bus to help put her children through college, hitch-hiked through Scotland with her son David, canoed the Freight Train rapids with her son Darton, cruised to Alaska and the Panama Canal with her daughter Joy, bicycled through the Netherlands at age 65, and helped her husband build their house in Salineville from the ground up; surveying, laying brick, mixing concrete and putting up cedar siding and a roof. She advises against this particular adventure.

Originally from West Haven, Connecticut, she was the daughter of Florence and Darton Greist. She’ll be happy to see them again. Joy leaves behind many cherished friends, her brother Darton Greist Jr., her close-knit church community, and a loyal and loving family.

Her only regrets are that she never canoed the Allagash River, learned to yodel, or do the tango. She was often called a beautiful spirit by those who knew her.

A celebration of life memorial will be held on Friday, April 22nd at 4:30 PM at the Carrolton Church of Christ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice of Salem.

FULL OBITUARY LINK HERE (written by David Rose)


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