Gloria Gaye Herndon Rose, age 84, passed away in August of 2021. She was the daughter of Edith Murphy Herndon Hill and Charles D. Herndon, both deceased. Gaye was fortunate to be the granddaughter of the Reverend Henry and Minnie Murphy, also deceased, who were an important part of her early life and who were major influences in shaping her values. Other relatives who were significant in her life that are deceased include her stepfather, Charles W. Hill, her mother, and her two aunts Alice Murphy Overmann and Louise Murphy Peterson, who were like her sisters.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, James R Rose. Also surviving are her daughter Melissa Rose Mulchahey and her husband Dr James Jeffrey Mulchahey of Monterey California, her grandson Sean Johnson and her cousin Mary Overmann Ratley of Fayetteville, NC. Gaye was supported by her special friends Gloria, Corinne and Iris in her final years as well as by the loving support and dedication of her daughter Melissa and cousin Mary.
Gaye was a graduate of Fayetteville High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her Bachelors Degree. Later she received her Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Campbell University. She worked for thirty years in the field of education, first as a classroom teacher and then as a school librarian. She was a devoted Carolina Tar Heel fan and an unapologetic liberal. She had many hobbies and interests that provided her with a fulfilled life and especially enjoyed reading and watching British mystery television shows. She always had more books and arts/crafts supplies than room to store them. Later in her life she was drawn to genealogy, creative writing as well as painting and pastel art work. Ukranian egg decoration and quilting were other endeavors in her later years.
Gaye will be deeply missed by her daughter and remaining family. A graveside funeral service was recently held at Lafayette Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in her memory.
Gaye was always drawn to jotting down various quotations that she happened to read and she wanted the following thoughts by Henry Scott Holland included in this place: “Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is well.”
Funeral Arrangemetns by Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home, 545 Ramsey St. Fayetteville, N.C. 28301
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