The Journey of Rose
With a heavy heart, yet steadfast in the knowledge of God's infinite wisdom, we celebrate the life of our beloved Rose Marie Ell. Sister Rose, as she was affectionately known, answered the Master's call on Sunday, September 10, 2023, in the very city where her life's journey began, St. Louis, Missouri.
Born on February 23, 1955, to the late Walter White, Sr. and Rosie B. Aldridge, Rose spent her life spreading joy, kindness, and generosity to all who were fortunate enough to know her. Her journey was not without its share of thorns, but like the flower she was named after, Rose bloomed with grace and beauty amidst life's challenges. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in passing by five of her siblings - Eddie, Field, Robert Glover, Margaret Crate, and Pearl Welch.
In the sacred bonds of holy matrimony, Rose joined hands and hearts with Reuben Ell, Jr. (wedding date) . Their union was blessed with four beautiful children who were the apples of her eye. Rose's family was her world, and she was the glue that held them together. She was selfless, always putting the needs of others before her own, and her generous spirit was evident in everything she did.
Rose dedicated her professional life to caring for others as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Her kindness and compassion made a difference in the lives of countless patients and their families. Her tender care and unwavering commitment to her patients were a testament to her loving nature. Rose's devotion to service extended beyond her work as she was an active member of the Colas Temple Church of God in Christ, where she enjoyed singing in the choir and serving on the usher board faithfully and with a joyful heart.
Rose had a zest for life that was infectious. She found joy in the simple pleasures of life and loved spending time with her family. She had an uncanny ability to make sure everyone was having a good time, and her presence alone could light up any room.
Rose was known for her kindness, a trait that was deeply ingrained in her character. She was generous, often going out of her way to help others, whether they were family, friends, or strangers. Her selfless spirit was truly inspiring and left a lasting impact on all who knew her.
"A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth." (Ecclesiastes 7:1). Sister Rose Marie Ell's name will forever be synonymous with love, faith, and resilience. She has run the race; she has fought the good fight, and we know that there is a crown of righteousness laid up for her.
So, as we say our earthly goodbyes, we rejoice in the knowledge that our beloved Rose is now resting in the arms of her Savior, free from pain and suffering. Her memories will be cherished by her husband Reuben Ell, Jr.; and her spirit will live on in her children, Marlene (Donovan) Edwards, Patrick Ell, Rosemary Ell, and Reuben Ell, III (Tierra Gill); siblings, Regina Agomate, Reginald White, Marvin White, Walter White, Bobbie Field, and Betty Black; and a host of grandchild, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, her church family, and friends. Her memory will forever be a beacon of light guiding us through life's journey.