This is my mother's grave. She lived to be 95. She was born in Rising Star, Texas, the daughter of Marvin Tilden and Lora Day (Bee) Routh Bowden. She began driving when she was 10, as her mother was chronically ill and had to be taken to the doctor a lot.
Rose grew up in Brownwood, Texas. Her father owned a furniture store there. Her maternal grandfather had been a Texas Ranger but was later a furniture store owner and, finally, the jailer at the county jail in Brownwood.
Rose was valedictorian of her senior class at the finishing school she attended, and she graduated from Oklahoma University with a degree in elementary education. She also studied piano and voice. Her first teaching job as in Milfay, Oklahoma.
Rose married my father, John McBee Ficke, and I was their only child.
Rose was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, as am I. This red rose was placed on her grave by the DAR. A rose for a Rose.