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Rose McWilliams - September 03, 2012


Rose Irene McWilliams died Sept. 3, 2012 in Holyoke. She was born April 5, 1927 to George Washington Nichols and Helen Genevieve Froom in Montrose.

She grew up during the Depression on a ranch near Olathe, graduating in 1945 from Olathe High School. She briefly attended Colorado State University before marrying Forest Thomas McWilliams of Ault, her husband of 64 years, on July 11, 1948.

Rose and Forest spent 16 years in Colorado Springs, where he was an El Paso Cooperative Extension agent with CSU. Her children remember with fondness many adventures in a Studebaker Champion, her sewing skills and her involvement in Scouting with all her children. As a homemaker, she supported her husband in his work and Reserve duty and raised four children. She also enjoyed working for a number of years at a garden nursery.

In 1968, they moved to Holyoke where Forest continued his Extension work until retiring in 1984. Soon after their 50th wedding anniversary in 1998, Rose suffered a broken hip. Following therapy, she resided in the home of her daughter, Tina, who cared for her until her death.

Her family will miss her laugh and her sense of humor.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Paul Grant Nichols.

Rose is survived by her husband, Forest Thomas McWilliams of Holyoke; sister, Lois Jean Smith of Moses Lake, Wash.; brother, Roy Earl Nichols of Yuma, Ariz.; four children, Barry Kent McWilliams of Everett, Wash., William James McWilliams of Madison, Wis., Forest Thomas McWilliams Jr. of Holyoke and Tina Rae Thompson of Holyoke; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was held Sept. 11 at Baucke Funeral Chapel in Holyoke, with Pastor Max Hines officiating, with interment at Holyoke Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Holyoke VFW Scholarship Fund, 229 E. Denver St., Holyoke, CO 80734.

Baucke Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.