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Rose Spence McMorrow

April 12, 1957 ~ January 5, 2013 (age 55)

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January 18, 2013

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Pickering & Son Westborough Funeral Home
62 W. Main Street
Westborough, MA 01581

Graveside Service
January 19, 2013

11:30 AM

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Rose M. Spence McMorrow, 55, of Westborough, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 5th at home surrounded by her loving family. She is the wife of John P. McMorrow, Esq. and proud mother of Sarah M. Spence and Kelly A. Spence, both of Westborough. Rose also enjoyed the love and presence of John’s children, Peggy and Jack McMorrow.

Rose was born on April 12, 1957 in Ida Grove, Iowa.  She is the daughter of Marian H. (Taphorn) Roeder and the late Urban F. Roeder. In addition to her husband, children and mother, Rose is survived by her mother-in-law, Nora McMorrow and her former husband and the father of her daughters, William M. Spence. Rose is also survived by her siblings: Kathleen Connors, Paul Roeder, Peter Roeder, Francis Roeder, David Roeder, Darlene Hentges, Aggie Gustafson, Margaret Spikes, Mary Jane Recker, Angela Welch, Joseph Roeder and Judy Krueger.

Rose graduated from Crestwood H.S. (Class of ’75) in Cresco, Iowa and Iowa State University (Class of ’79) where she received her bachelor’s degree in horticulture. Rose was the Vice President of Regional Sales for Allied Solutions where she worked for 30 years.

Rose has been a resident of Westborough since 1994. Her children were educated in Westborough schools. Rose was in active in her children’s school activities and coached her daughters in community basketball and softball. Rose was an avid gardener and loved to play golf. Rose and John were members of the Westborough Country Club. Rose also enjoyed growing hybrid tea roses and making homemade raspberry preserves.  

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Rose’s wake on Friday, JANUARY 18TH from 4-8 P.M. at the Rand-Harper-Pickering Westborough Funeral Home, 62 West Main St., Westborough, MA and are also invited to attend a graveside service to be held on Saturday, January 19th at 11:30 A.M. in the Old Westwood Cemetery, Westwood, MA.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Rose M. Spence McMorrow to support cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via

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