Our Senior of the Month for August, 2018, is Rose Kercher.
Rose was born in Marshall, MO, in 1943 and is the middle, and only girl, of three children. Her family moved to Oregon when she was 3 years old so she does not claim to be a Midwesterner.
Both of her brothers have passed away, the youngest just a month ago. Her eldest brother died teaching Rose to swim. He was nearly 15 and Rose only 12. It was more than a tragedy and it took Rose a very long time to get over it. Truly a sad and terrible thing to happen to children. Her younger brother, who just passed recently, was riddled with arthritis and was crippled. He began drawing disability at the age of 35. After being in pain all his life, he was a cranky child and a cranky man. Rose is the only one left and we are glad she is with us still!
Rose was a very athletic person. She played baseball, basketball, touch football, track and field, long jump, and many other sports. She spent all 12 years of her education in the Central Point School District. When she was 13, she went to a track meet in Klamath Falls and she ran the 100-yard dash in 12 seconds, the 50-yard dash in 6 seconds and was able to long jump 21 feet! She started to prepare for the Olympics! The summer Olympics that year bestowed the gold medal on a woman who ran the 100-yard dash in 12 seconds so Rose was right. She could have been in the Olympics, were she older!
Rose lived in Los Angeles from 1962 until 1969. While there she was offered a chance to model Hanes hosiery. She declined as she was too bashful to have her legs displayed on billboards across the U. S.!
Rose had one bad marriage and she is not unhappy to be out of it. She has one daughter, Deirdre, who lives in Belgrade, MT, and Deirdre has a daughter who is married to a military man, lives in Colorado, and has a child of her own. So, Rose has a child, two grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.
Rose has worked all her life. She has done everything from waitressing in a bar, to putting in electrical wiring in mobile homes, to operating a switchboard at a stock exchange. Truly a “jack of all trades!”
Rose’s younger brother was not a very nice guy due to his illness and her mother was a harsh and controlling woman. She had been undermined as a child and it was pleasant to discover who she was and to see that she is a nice and caring person.to Rose was delighted to discover that she had value and was worth something. She believes one should not cry over spilt milk and one should not stay angry, all lessons learned as she evolved from a timid girl who was treated poorly to a conscientious and caring woman.
Rose is looking forward to moving to Montana next Fall. Deirdre’s home in Belgrade is just up the road from Bozeman which will become Rose’s future home. The apartment building, she is considering, is not yet built but Deirdre is “in charge” of things on that end so Rose is not worried and is looking forward to the move.