Be still and know I am God. Psalm 46:10.
Rose succumbed to a recently discovered cancer. She passed peacefully from this world at home, in her own bed, surrounded by her family who she loved so much. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m., with her funeral beginning at 11, at New Hope Assembly of God Church in Urbandale with burial to follow at Glendale Cemetery.
A glamorous, elegant, humorous lady, Rose had a passion for working with and entertaining the elderly. She worked for and, after retirement, volunteered at Martina Place in Johnston – caring for and entertaining the elderly residents. She loved spending time with her children, her grandchildren, her great-grandchild and her many friends. Rose was a gifted artist, a beautiful dancer, loved to sew, and enjoyed her favorite shows – Monk being one of her favorites. She loved to travel and go on adventures with her friends, family and – most especially – her husband and love of her life – Gary.
After a brief courtship – which began when Gary called her and said, “I’ll be there in 15 minutes, be ready,” – she and Gary married in 1962. It was the start of a beautiful love story – one full of laughter, tears, ups, downs – that endured for nearly 50 years.
Rose was preceded in death by her husband Gary, her son Gary Jr., her parents Ed and Rosie Weaver, and her brother Richard Weaver.
She is survived by her loving children Denise (Padgett) Case, Cheryl (Padgett) and Wayne Keeler, Dan Padgett, and Crystal (Padgett) and John Leto; her adoring grandchildren Wilson Keeler, Victoria (Keeler) and Justin Edwards, Wade Keeler (Shannon Andreasen), Courtney Case (Danny Morris), Megan Case, Faith Rose Leto (Christopher Cleaver), Alicia Leto, and Jessica Leto; great-grandchildren John William Leto and Bun in the Oven Baby Edwards; her brother Gary (Sue) Weaver and her niece Barbie Weaver Vargo.
Rose enjoyed a full life and was ready to go home and see her husband, son, Mom, Daddy, brother and many others who passed on before her. She leaves behind many friends and her family who will miss her terribly and grieve deeply for her. Her kids selected the following poem, written by their Dad, Gary, to share:
A Mother’s Love
A mother’s love is a precious thing –
Born in worry, work and pain.
A Mother’s love, more precious than gold –
An unending gift for the young and old.
A gentle smile, a kiss soft and tender –
These are the things we’ll ALWAYS remember.
Though life’s highway may lead us a long way from home –
You’ll always be with us, wherever we roam.
A Mother’s love is a precious thing –
We’ll hold in our hearts ‘til we’re home again.
~ Gary Padgett