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Rose Mary Dye
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The life of Rose Mary (Lowery) Dye came to an end on Friday, October 27, 2017. Her story starts in rural Missouri, with a tin-roofed house and a strawberry patch. She was the eldest of six, two “flower sisters,” Pansy and Fern, and three brothers she teased with weed nicknames. They were “poor, but you’d never know it.” After suppers her parents would sit on the porch and watch the children jump-rope and play on stilts. To her, it was a “simply perfect childhood.” Rose’s intelligence broke the confines of her surroundings. She sped through school, graduating valedictorian at the age of 16 with grand plans to become an artist, to “draw and see the world.” Her college tuition was stored in the family strawberry patch, which dried up in a drought before she could enroll. Determined still, she decided to join the service, which her arrow-straight father opposed. Luckily, she met a handsome, red-haired serviceman instead. As her red-topped grandkids can attest, Rose “always had a soft spot for redheads.” But, Kenneth “Kenny” Dye, had his work cut out for him. The two met on a blind date and he was smitten by this dark-haired, witty beauty. He pursued Rose and proposed to her in a car over railroad tracks. With a train approaching, he refused to move the car until she agreed to wed. And still, 17-year-old Rose refused. Kenny brought her candies every evening and eventually shipped out, leaving Rose with a realization that he was the one. Their love affair blossomed through letters and, after some familial strife, became real. It was a Shakespearean romance that brought two long-running feuding families together. A handmade wedding gown and an Ozark honeymoon later, the two packed a car full of household items and musical instruments for Texas. After having her first two littles, Rose and her budding family toured the world, military base to military base. In Scotland, her third and only red-topped child joined the Dye world tour. Later military ventures took them to England, California and finally to her resting place in Vichy, Missouri. Living most of her life as a military wife, Rose learned a number of things. First, that “everyone is equal and everyone is family.” Her wish is that civilian life would grow to reflect military civility and kindness. She also learned the importance of loyalty, especially from Kenny, who “never let a day go by without telling me he loved me and that I was beautiful.” Traveling the world, she learned how to frequently say goodbye to people she loved, but also that “home is where you make it with those you love.” Since Kenny’s passing, November 16, 2014,Rose has been looking forward to seeing her maker and the love of her life again. She can make a home anywhere, as long as she’s with the ones she loves. As you’ve grown accustomed to saying—goodbye, Rose, and welcome home again. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, Travis and Vera (Trower) Lowery, infant daughter, Tamra Lyn Dye and one brother, John Lowery. Rose will be greatly missed by her surviving family which includes three children, Kevin Dye and wife Nancy of Roanoke, VA, Karla O'Malley and husband Tony of Overland Park, KS, and Karen Roberts and Phil Goodman of Kailua, HI; two sisters, Pansy Richardson and husband Roy, of Vichy and Fern Lile and husband Ron of Linnville, IN; two brothers, Alvin Lowery and wife Dottie, of Laquay, MO and Carl Lowery and wife Marilyn of Montreal, MO; eight grandchildren, Susan Moore, Scott and Robert Dye, Megan Hillen, Ryan and Justin O'Malley, Ben and Hannah Roberts; nieces, nephews, other extended family members and many dear friends. A funeral service celebrating the life of Rose Mary Dye will be held at 10 am Wed., November 1, 2017 at the Null and Son Funeral Home in Rolla. Interment will follow in the Idumea Cemetery in Laquay. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6-8 pm Tuesday, Oct. 31st at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Broadway Baptist Church in Vichy. Online condolences may be offered at www.nullandsonfuneralhome.com


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