Dedicated to the memory of Rose Howard

This site is a tribute to Rose, who was born in Bethnal Green, London, on August 2nd, 1917. During her very long life she made many friends, as witnessed by the lengthy guest list at her 100th birthday party. There were not only friends and relatives from her childhood and youth, but the children of friends no longer with us.  She continued to make new friends to the very end.

She was born during the pandemic of Spanish Flu and left us during the Covid 19 pandemic, though thankfully she did not contract it. She died peacefully, with no prior warning, at midday on Friday 22nd January.  She lived through two world wars - her father died in the first, her stepbrother in the second, and she herself served in the Land Army. That is when she left London for what was then rural Hertfordshire, where she spent the rest of her life.

She never forgot her roots in the East End of London, and was immensely proud of them. She had a prodigious memory, a vast vocabulary, a wicked sense of humour, was a great teaser, loved animals, flowers and gardening, enthusiastically devoured seafood of all kinds, preferably drenched in vinegar, enjoyed listening to cockney songs and was not at all averse to the occasional glass of Guinness.  "After all, it's meant to be good for you," she would say with a twinkle.

There are places on this site for you to donate to her special charities, to share your thoughts, memories and stories of Rose, to add pictures and music too - in short to celebrate her long life. She lived through some troubled times - one cannot live for more than 100 years in complete happiness - but there was plenty of love, laughter and friendship and it was certainly a life well-lived.

We miss you Rose.

The slideshow at the top of this page is much the same as the one we viewed at Rose's funeral on Friday 26th February. Clicking on one of the photos will allow you to view them all at your own pace.  There are many more photos in the gallery and we hope people will continue to add ones they would like to share.

You can read about Rose's funeral service on the Stories section of the website.  You can watch it on-line until 25th March on www.obitus.com username Haxu9067 password 601506

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