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Obituary: Rose Lee Macey


BOSSIER CITY – Serivces for Rose Lee Macey,95, will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at Rose-Neath Bossier’s Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Ira Schilling. Interment will follow at Hill Crest Memorial Cemetery, Haughton, LA in the Mausoleum. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at the funeral home.

Rose passed peacefully in her sleep on August 21, 2015. She was born on Armistice Day in 1919, exactly one year after the end of World War l. It is hard to fathom how much the world changed during her 95 years.

Rose grew up on the shores of Caddo Lake, with her mother Louise, and sisters Janie and identical twin, Bonnie. Her father died when she was 6 months old, requiring the girls to learn thrift and self-sufficiency at an early age. These attributes stayed with Rose her whole life.

In her teens, she worked as a carhop at Wimpy’s where she went by the nickname “Mickey.” It was there that she met Bill Macey, the love of her life. They married at Barksdale AFB in 1941 and were stationed in several states before returning to Bossier City and buying a house on Murphy Street where they raised their two wonderful boys, Henry and Patrick.

When the boys were grown, Rose dedicated her life to service, including her 50+ years as a volunteer for the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). She cared deeply for the kids who went through CAP during her years.

As her vision deteriorated, Rose moved to Reunion Inn in Marshall, to be near her son, Patrick and his wife, Maryanne. She loved the apartment she shared with her dog, Tina, and appreciated the kind staff.

In addition, Rose was attended by several dedicated women in her final years, including Moncie, Glinda, Nancy, and Pat. These women were a true blessing to Rose.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Janie; twin sister Bonnie; husband Bill; niece Judy; infant daughter Rita Rose; and beloved son Henry. It was very hard for her to outlive so many loved ones.

She is survived by son Patrick and daughter-in-law, Maryanne, whose unflagging love and care helped Rose maintain her cherished independence. She is also survived by grandson David and wife, Janey; and granddaughter Angela and husband, Chris. She also leaves many wonderful nieces and nephews. Her legacy lives on with her great-grandchildren, Elise, Ethan, Annabel, and Andrew.

“Be Happy!” she would say, whenever wishing someone farewell. In heaven, she is undoubtedly feeding the birds and smiling.

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Sean Green is managing editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune.