HARTINGTON — Lee Rose, 79, Hartington, died Sept. 4, 2016, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, S.D., after a period of declining health and a brief stay at Park View Haven Nursing Home, Coleridge.
A memorial service was held Sept. 9 at the Hartington VFW Club with the Rev. Amanda Talley officiating. The family received friends one hour prior to the service and at the luncheon, which followed.
Marcia Lee was born May 26, 1937, in Kansas City, Mo., to Robert and Bessie (White) Young. Her family moved to Lincoln in 1950, where she graduated from Lincoln Northeast High School and attended Nebraska Wesleyan University. Lee married Norman Rose, Bloomfield, in 1958, and they moved to the Hartington area in the early 1960s where they raised their family. She is probably best known to the residents of Hartington as the public librarian from 1975-2000. In partnership with the Library Board, Library Foundation, City Council and through many private donations, she oversaw the remodel and expansion of the Harti
gton Public Library. She served in regional and state level library organizations, and was well known for her dedication and effort in her advocacy for public libraries and access to literature and information for all. In addition to her years in the library, she also served as a Cedar County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher from 1998-2007.
Lee loved a lively discussion, especially about literature and politics. She was a serious baseball fan, a lifelong lover of the Kansas City Royals, a more recent fan of the Chic
go Cubs, and was strongly dedicated in her opposition of the Yankees. She also enjoyed watching other sports, reading, knitting and spending time with and cooking for her family and dear friends.
She is survived by her sons, Gary Rose, Deer River, Minn., and Mark Rose, Coleridg
; daughter, Nancy Rose, and son-in-law, Jim McGhee, Merrimack, N.H.; grandchildren, Rebecca (Rose) Kechely, and Travis, Beatrice; Matthew Rose, and Helen, stationed in Japan with the U.S. Navy; Shayne Rose, and fiancé, Melissa Lange, Ha
risburg, S.D.; Samuel, Katie and Preston Rose, Coleridge; Nigel Rose, Thunder Bay, Ontario; Sydney and Colin Rose, Merrimack, N.H.; and step grandsons, Cameron, Ethan, and Benjamin McGhee, Winchester, Mass.; her great-grandchildren, Clayton Rose, Japan, and Cora Jean Kechely, Beatrice; her brother, Bruce
Young, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and sister, Nancy Wood, Lincoln; and Marjorie Climer, was an “adopted” daughter, who provided patient care and assistance for many years, for which both Lee and her family are eternally grateful.
Lee was preceded in death by her oldest son, Scott Rose, in 2009; her ex-husband, Norman, Columbus, in 2010; and her parents, Robert and Bessie Young, Lincoln.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations payable to the Hartington Public Library Foundation or Friends of the Hartington Public Library, P.O. Box 458, Hartington, NE 68739.