Rose Givens was born Feb. 15, 1914 to Ronnie Givens and Willie Pender in Baltimore. She was the 10th of their thirteen children. Rose was the last survivor of her generation. Her nine great-grandchildren represent the seventh generation of our family. Family known ancestors resided mainly in Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey.
Rose was educated in the Baltimore Public Schools, where shortly after, she entered the workforce. Her early employment included being among the first group of women to be employed at Curtis Bay Ammunition Depot during World War II. She later established her catering business. She also showcased her natural talent in interior decorating. All of her adult life she was a caregiver, beginning with her siblings, then to her neighbors on Lexington Street and to her beloved friends. A line of one of her favorite hymns is “If I can help somebody as I travel along life’s way, then my living shall not be in vain.”
On Christmas Eve of 1945, Rose married LeRoy Simpson. After his death, Rose accepted a position at the Social Security Administration in Woodlawn, Md. where she would work the rest of her professional career.
For over 65 years, she was a member of Waters A.M.E. Church in East Baltimore.
Rose received many honors for her involvement with the Pastor’s Aid Society, hospitality committee and the trustee board.
Her last six years were spent in Diamond Bar, Calif. with her daughter and son-in-law. Rose attended mass regularly at St. Denis Catholic Church, which became her place of worship.
Our family will continue to thank God for all our blessings and especially for Rose’s active abundant life of 97 years. She leaves to cherish and celebrate her memory: Her daughter and son-in-law Shirley and Bill White, Diamond Bar, Ca., grandchildren: Kyle (Rachel) White, Kentwood, Mi., Bryon (Sonya) White, Rancho Cucamonga, Ca., Lori (William) Carter, Phillips Ranch, Ca., great grandchildren: Darryl Collin Yarbrough Jr., Marcus William Yarbrough, Kyle Joseph White, Alexandria Anna White, Clayton Duncan White, Selby Rose Carter, Loryn Victoria Carter, Bryce William White, and DaRhon Russell Yarbrough.
Aunt Rose was very special to all her nieces and nephews, especially Wadsworth Robinson, Jean Jones, Dr. William Brown, Beverly Reid, Janet Bryan, and Jacqueline Hall.