Marcia "Lee" Rose
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Marcia "Lee" Rose, 79, of Hartington passed away September 4, 2016, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, SD after a period of declining health and a brief stay at Park View Haven Nursing Home in Coleridge NE.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Hartington VFW Club with the Rev. Amanda Talley officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service and also at the luncheon which follows.

Marcia Lee was born May 26, 1937, in Kansas City, MO. Her family moved to Lincoln, NE, in 1950, where she graduated from Lincoln Northeast High School and attended Nebraska Wesleyan University. Lee married Norman Rose of Bloomfield NE, in 1958, and they moved to the Hartington area in the early 1960's where they raised their family. She is probably best known to the residents of Hartington as the public librarian from 1975 to 2000. In partnership with the Library Board, Library Foundation, City Council and through many private donations, she oversaw the remodel and expansion of the Hartington Public Library. She served in regional and state level library organizations and was well known for her dedication and effort in her advocacy for public libraries and access to literature and information for all. In addition to her years in the library she also served as a Cedar County Sheriff's Office dispatcher from 1998 to 2007. Lee loved a lively discussion, especially about literature and politics. She was a serious baseball fan, a lifelong lover of the Kansas City Royals, a more recent fan of the Chicago Cubs, and was strongly dedicated in her opposition of the Yankees. She also enjoyed watching other sports, reading, knitting, and spending time with and cooking for her family and dear friends.

She is survived by her sons Gary Rose of Deer River MN, and Mark Rose of Coleridge NE, daughter Nancy Rose and son-in-law Jim McGhee of Merrimack, NH; grandchildren are Rebecca (Rose) Kechely (and Travis) of Beatrice NE, Matthew Rose (and Helen) stationed in Japan with the US Navy, Shayne Rose (and fiancé Melissa Lange) of Harrisburg SD, Samuel, Katie and Preston Rose of Coleridge NE; Nigel Rose of Thunder Bay, Ontario; Sydney and Colin Rose of Merrimack NH, and step grandsons Cameron, Ethan, and Benjamin McGhee of Winchester MA; her great-grandchildren are Clayton Rose of Japan and Cora Jean Kechely of Beatrice NE; her brother Bruce Young of Cedar Rapids IA, and sister Nancy Wood of Lincoln NE; Marjorie Climer was an "adopted" daughter and provided patient care and assistance for many years for which both Lee and her family are eternally grateful.

Lee was preceded in death by her oldest son, Scott Rose, in 2009, her ex-husband Norman of Columbus NE, in 2010, and her parents Robert and Bessie Young of Lincoln NE.

Lee's family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to the wonderful staff of Park View Haven Nursing Home, and the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital medical team for all their support and wonderful care. She always knew she was in good hands.

In lieu of flowers please make donations payable to the Hartington Public Library Foundation or Friends of the Hartington Public Library, P.O. Box 458 Hartington, NE 68739




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We will all miss her smile and visiting with Lee as well as keeping us up to date on the score of the game. What a precious woman. She is most certainly an angel now.

Marge Thompson


So sorry to discover that lee has passed away. I always enjoyed visiting and working with her at the library and more recently visiting with her PVH. She will be missed. Peace and comfort to all of you her family.

Roberta Hoesing and family


I am sorry to hear of the loss of your dear loved one, please accept my condolences during this painful time. Losing a loved one is distressing and as comfort is needed from family and friends, it is my hope your family will find comforting the promise at Isaiah 25:8 where we are assured that soon "death will be swallowed up forever." It is my hope your family will find the strength to endure during the days ahead.

D Chambers


So sorry for the loss of your mom. She was a great person!!

Denise Lammers Webbert


Nancy, Mark and family-I was so sorry to hear of Lee's passing. She was a great woman who was always ready with a laugh or a piece of information I needed to know. What a joy it was to work with her at the library and know her all those years I was in Hartington.

Kalah Tooley


Nancy and Family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother, I wish my words could comfort you and ease some of your pain. Please know we are here if you need anything at all. You are in all of our thoughts and prayers. Only time, family and friends will guide you through this time. We love you and are truly sorry for your loss. AnnaMarie, Don, Lisa and Jon.

AnnaMarie Cramer

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