|Birth: ||Oct. 15, 1885|
|Death: ||Mar. 23, 1974|
Rose was born Oct 15, 1885 in Princeville, Illinois. Her parents were Henry J King (a Civil War veteran) and Mary "Riel" King. Mary was Henry's 2nd wife. Henry had been widowed in the 1860's with 2 daughters, who were grown by the time Rose was born. Rose's arrival, 5 years after their marriage, was a delight to both of her parents. Rose would be raised as an only child and was quite devoted to her parents. They taught her to be grateful for all of God's blessings and live in a manner to glorify the Lord. She cared for each of her parents, until their last days.
Rose was a devout Christian who wanted to leave everyone she met, with a smile and a heart filled with joy. She was always giving to others. She taught her own daughters that, "it is more blessed to give than to receive." Her lessons in giving were carried on, in the lives of her children.
Rose's eldest daughter June, recounted stories of her mother's generiousity to others. Every Christmas, even during the tough times of the Great Depression, Rose would stretch her grocery budget and cook a full meal for several needy families. During the Depression, she would take little June with her and stand in long lines for cheese, sugar and flower, handed out by the government. She would use her egg money, which she saved all year, just for Christmas. She provided chickens, that she had raised. Then on Christmas Eve day, Rose would take her girls with her to deliver the Christmas dinners, all across town. Rose would also be sure that each child received a toy or a piece of clothing. June told of being a little girl and seeing great delight in the children's faces, when she would hand them their own gift.
Daughter June told of growing up with Christmas at their house, being a time to give to the needy rather than a time to receive gifts for your self. She never felt deprived, as their needs were met and both sisters received a gift from their parents, as well as the satisfaction of giving to others. After the Depression was over, Rose continued to prepare Christmas meals and gifts for families who were more needy than the Gresham household. This is one of Rose's traditions that has been passed down to daughter June, the Author, Great-Grandsons and even to today's generation, Rose's Great-Great-Grandchildren.
In an age when traditional values dictated gender roles and job opportunities, it was unusual but before marriage, Rose was a career girl. She worked as a bookkeeper then later as a buyer for a large department store in Chicago. She lived with her aging parents until marriage, so she could look after them. She married Hudson Gresham at the age of 34, had her first child at 38 and her last child at 46. After Rose & Hudson married, he moved Rose and her parents from Chicago to Denver. Her parents lived right next door. Rose looked after each of them until their deaths.
In 1920 Rose worked as a Census Taker and continued, every time it came around. She needed to walk for many miles to cover her assigned territory. She would continue her walks for many years, just for health reasons. She was very particular about her diet. Every morning she drank a tall glass of hot water with lemon, never smoked and never drank anything stronger than tea. Rose said, "it's our responsibility to take good care of the body that God gave us." She was quite health conscious, long before it was fashionable.
Rose was a really wonderful Grandma. I can't remember ever hearing a cross word. She was always kind, loving and forgiving. She had a playful sense of humor. She told many entertaining stories of growing up on her parent's farm. She developed a great love of animals, especially horses. She was quite a poet. She wrote many beautiful poems including writing a poem for each daughter, on their birthday every year.
She was always encouraging us to memorize Scripture. She repeated Corrie Ten Boom's sentiments that, "if you have Scripture in your memory, no one and nothing can ever stop you from knowing God's heart."
Rose was a very humble, dignified and proper lady. She would be embarrased by your knowing of her giving to others. By the grace of the Lord and Rose's healthy living habits, she was very active and lived on her own. She was in quite good health, until just a few months before her passing. She was found to have cancer and passed away 3 months later. Rose left this earth and entered Heaven at the age of 89, on Mar. 23, 1974.
Grandma, we love you and miss you. We'll see you again when we are reunited in Heaven. Hugs and Kisses.
.❤.My heartfelt thanks go out to Susie*❤*Bazil.
Thank You Susie, for so kindly sponsoring my Grandma Rose.❤. *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
Note: Special thanks to Betty L. Gonzales, thank you so much, for your help!
The beautiful cemetery photos and the photos of the Family Plot are very kindly provided by Betty L. Gonzales, to whom we will be forever grateful. Bless you.
Henry J King (1842 - 1925)
Mary A Riel King (1849 - 1927)
William Hudson Gresham (1884 - 1956)*
June Rosemary Gresham Mulligan (1923 - 2004)*
Crown Hill Cemetery
Plot: Block 18 Section 310 Grave 2
Created by: FamilyFirst
Record added: Aug 25, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 57701778