Jessie Mae Burney
Rose, age 92, died peacefully on August 26, 2015, at her home in Boise. She was born on October 28, 1922, in
Kingston, Arkansas, to Bert and Fannie Burney.
Jessie was the oldest of five children and attended school through the 8
grade at The Cove, a one-room schoolhouse in Kingston.
Jessie married Ben
Rose in Fayetteville Arkansas on August 9, 1945, and travelled with him to
their new home in California’s Imperial Valley.
There they had their three daughters, Ruby, Brenda and Jeri. They moved to Boise in 1952, where they
resided the rest of their lives.
Jessie worked in the
home for most of her life, but also spent several years working at Film Service
Jessie was an active
member of The Vertical Church (formerly Parkview Bible Church) in Boise and had
many friends there. In addition to her
activities with the church and her Bible study group, she loved going to lunch
with friends at the Boise Senior Center (especially on the days they served
liver and onions). She also maintained
many friendships with neighbors and former neighbors—some of those friendships
spanning many decades and some just a few months. She loved having friends and family stop in
for visits and her standard line when they prepared to leave was “What’s your
Jessie was a stalwart
champion of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her great granddaughter Briana posted this
tribute on Facebook:
gained another Angel.
Grandma, I can't
even explain how much of an inspiration you were to me. You took care of me at
my lowest and gave me motivation to make the best of myself. You are the
strongest, most independent woman I have ever met. Even in your 90s you took
care of not only yourself but others. The love you endowed upon your family and
friends will never be forgotten.
It's so hard to
see you go, but I'm so grateful you were in my life and for everything you have
done for me. I’ll never be able to thank you enough for always answering my
calls, your warming hugs when I felt alone, and loving me at my worst.
I’m glad you lived such a long and
fulfilling life and you parted with us in peace. I'll miss you. Give Grammy a big kiss for me.
I love both of you very much, until next time.
granddaughter Margo also posted:
She was a wonderful woman and we are
so blessed to have had her in our lives. She's smiling on us now, I'm sure,
with Auntie B. and Grandpa Ben too.
Survivors include her
children Ruby Tolsma (Tony) of Caldwell and Jeri Rose (John Strange) of
Meridian, her grandchildren Margo Phariss (Todd) of Homedale, Rachel Stites of
Boise and Scott Fralish of Boise, and five great grandchildren, Briana Coble,
Delaney Phariss, Dylan Phariss, Lindy Phariss and Logan Stites. She is also survived by her brother Clyde Burney
(Dorothy) of Twin Falls and sister Lou Chavers (Ben) of Star. She leaves behind a multitude of friends,
nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was
preceded in death by her husband, parents, her daughter Brenda, her brother Coy
Burney and sister Thelma Newberry.
Services will be at
10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 31, 2015 at Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel in
Boise. Burial will be at Dry Creek
In lieu of flowers,
the family suggests donations to the Samaritan Village, 3115 Sycamore Dr.,
Boise, ID, 83703, in memory of Brenda Fralish or to the charity of your choice.