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Rosemary Jones was born February 6, 1936 to the late Irene Juggins Jones and
Bynum Jones in Vaux Hall, New Jersey. She is affectionately known by all as “Miss
Rose”. She was the third child of four siblings, of which all predeceased her,
Marilyn Jones, Loretta Lewis, and Bynum Jones, Jr.
Rose, a beacon of love, laughter, and unwavering strength, passed away
peacefully on Sunday, January 28, 2024. She departed this world, leaving
behind a trail of cherished memories and a legacy that will forever echo in the
hearts of those who knew her. She embraced life finding joy in the simplest of
moments and spreading warmth wherever she went.
Rose was educated in the Union County Public School System and went to
Jefferson Elementary School. She graduated from Union High School in 1954. She
played softball and basketball as much as she could in high school After
graduation, she worked as a Food Worker delivering food to the patients in
Overlook Hospital. From there, she went to work for Burry Biscuits in Elizabeth,
where she retired early after 17 years of working on the assembly lines. She met
many of her lifelong friends at Burry Biscuits. Her pantry was always stocked with
cookies, plenty to share with the neighborhood.
Rose was a community member of the South Seventh Street Block Association,
alongside the Pearce and Loftin families. She facilitated and helped organize
many annual summer bus trips, summer lunch programs, and annual block parties
for the children and families on our block. Our block was a community of love,
shared parenting, family, and tons of support for one another. This love of
community from and for Rose spilled over and poured out into the city of Newark.
Rose's home on South 7th Street was more than just a house; more than 50
years, it was a sanctuary of love and laughter where everyone was welcome,
and no one left hungry. Her kitchen table witnessed countless stories and her
door was always open to those in need.
Rose worked for the Roseville Deli and Laundromat for five years before going to
work for Mr. Cooper at the iconic Cooper’s Liquors & Deli. She was a blessing to
the store and to her community of Orange Street and Roseville Avenue. The
Pandemic of 2020 forced Rose to “officially” retire after working for Mr. Cooper
for 32 years. “Miss Rose” was a celebrity in the Deli and an icon throughout;
everyone knew her. Family would travel all across the United States and folks
would recognize her from the lady at Cooper’s. Her work ethic, well let’s just
say, it was better than the mailman. Her love and compassion for people, her
level of customer service and service with a smile attitude, set the bar high as she
demanded respect at all times.
Rose gave her life to Christ and joined Macedonia Baptist Church, in Vaux Hall, at
the tender age of 13 under the late Rev. Jenkins. Later as an adult and after being
recommended by one of her friends, she attended and joined Welcome
Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the Rev. Thomas C. King in
1965, and now serving under Bishop Elijah L. Williams, Jr. She has been an active
member of this church serving for years as an usher, a piano player, as the
secretary, and as a faithful member helping to raise funds for the youth
department, the building fund, and for the ushers. She sang in the choir over the
years (yes she did), but she would often say that she could not keep a tune to
save her life. She raised money for the Usher board by hosting many bus trips to
see Broadway and stage plays throughout the east coast. Everyone she came in
contact with received an ink pen with a Godly message on it, from her coworkers
in Coopers, to the nurses at the nursing home, to her friends in her senior building
on Orange Street. “God Loves You!”
Rose had a passion for travel and took her grandchildren on annual vacations to
both Florida and Maryland. Her passion for travel began at a young age and
blossomed as an adult traveling to Australia, Hawaii, South America, Mexico, and
Europe. As an avid traveler, she loved cruising to the Bahamas, Bermuda, and the
Caribbean when she could, proving that life’s greatest treasures aren’t found in
possessions but in shared experiences and laughter. She was a great
humanitarian teaching everyone to always give of oneself. Reminding folks that it
is better to give than to receive and to always pay your tithes, and then pay
yourself first, because the bill collectors will aways be there. With her beautiful
plants, her library of books, and a collection of gospel music, Rose ensured that
her loved ones were nourished in mind and spirit. And let’s not forget her passion
for football, where she cheered on her favorite teams with the fervor of a
Preceded in death by her son, Peewee, and beloved Charles, Rose leaves behind
a legacy of kindness, generosity, and unyielding love. She may have lost her
battle with sickness, but her spirit soars on, forever a guiding light to those who
were lucky enough to know her. She was more than just a mother to us; she was
a mother to many; she was a confidante, a cheerleader, and a source of endless
love and support. Her wisdom was as vast as her heart. In the words of Rose
herself, “When God sends you a friend, you’ve got a good thing.” Rest easy,
Mom, know that your legacy of love lives on in the hearts of all who knew you.
Until we meet again, may your infectious smile and laughter echo though the
halls of heaven.
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help
cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
Rose leaves to cherish her memory her children: Jeffrey Jones, Dorian Jones
(predeceased) Roxanne White, Sheri Melvin. One daughter-in-law, Cheryl Jones
and one son-in-law, Shawn Melvin. Five grandchildren, Khalil Jones, Sheri Branch
(Darnell) , Lia Jones, Shawna Melvin, and Sherrod Melvin. Five great-
grandchildren, Jaden, Elijah, Jordyn, London, Jazlene, and Zion (predeceased).
One niece Vanessa Arrington, two nephews Avery Arrington and Glenn Lewis; and
a host of many other beloved cousins and friends.