Rose Spence McMorrow

Born: Fri., Apr. 12, 1957
Died: Sat., Jan. 5, 2013


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Jan. 18, 2013
Location: Rand-Harper-Pickering

Graveside Service

11:30 AM Sat., Jan. 19, 2013

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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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Jay Caldwell
   Posted Wed January 09, 2013
Rose you were kind of spirit and always so positive and upbeat, the world is a little dimmer without you now.

Dick De Veaux
   Posted Wed January 09, 2013

You will be missed by all who had the honor and privilege of knowing you.

Ellen Brezniak
   Posted Wed January 09, 2013
Rose - you were one of a kind! Smart, very funny, tell-it-like-it-is woman. You loved life and fiercely loved your family. A wonderful neighbor and a truly amazing gardener. You will be deeply missed.

Sherri Limoges
   Posted Thu January 10, 2013
Living in the same neighborhood I had the privilege of meeting you. You always had a warm, friendly smile and so easy to talk to. What a beautiful person inside and out. You will be missed.

Tony and Pat Hachey
   Posted Fri January 11, 2013
We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. She was great support during our softball season. She was the first to offer help in any way she could.
As a parent, she was a team player. She helped to plan a wonderful trip to Mississippi, something we will always remember. Wish we could be there in person to tell you this, but are in Florida. Lauren will give you a hug for us. Love, The Hacheys

Kathy Connors
   Posted Mon January 14, 2013
Rose was a fantastic sister, mother, woman, and wife. We will all miss her!

Hassna Atlassi
   Posted Tue January 15, 2013
Dear Rose,
it was a privilege caring for you as a patient ,you inspired us with your strenght , bravery and positive spirit .

Kitty Hooper
   Posted Wed January 16, 2013
I remember Rose standing gracefully, full of joy, love and light. Blessing to all and know Rose's spirit lives on!

Robert, Gary & Steve Forman
   Posted Tue January 22, 2013

You were so kind and supportive of us. You kept us under your wing even in the face of your own personal adversity. The few rooms we had the pleasure and honor of seeing you walk into were immediately lit by your presence. Rest in peace.

The Forman's

Michael Ferraro
   Posted Sat February 16, 2013

I am heartbroken that you have left us. My God bless you for eternity.

Tom Kazar
   Posted Sat March 02, 2013
I met Rose in the early 90's when we began working together. Her positive attitude and never ending strength was a joy to behold. All my thoughts and prayers go out to Rose and her family.

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