Jessie Harper Rose

June 27, 2012 • Obituaries


Graveside services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, June 30, 2012, at South Park Cemetery for Jessie Harper Rose (Nana), 92, of Roswell, who passed away on June 26, 2012. Minister Kendall Tomlinson of Church of Christ will officiate.

Jessie was born on Nov. 9, 1919, in Happy, Texas, to Melvin Daniel Wilson and Louella Pugh Wilson, who preceded her in death. She was predeceased also by all eight of her siblings, Moretta Graves, Lucille Haynes, Mozzell Scruggs, Woodrow (Woody), Douglas, Marvin (Newt), Billie Joe (Dutch) and Frank Lewis Wilson.

Jessie [auth] married Floyd Harper to whom she was married for more than 50 years, and who preceded her in death in 1996.

In 1999, she married Jack E. Rose Sr., who survives her in Phoenix.
She is also survived by her five children, Melvin Williams and his wife Christine, of Silver City, Loretta (Wanda) Jean Dent, of Roswell, Floyd DeWayne Harper, of Roswell, Bobby LaVern Harper and his wife Fae, of Ruidoso, and Milton Council Harper, of Roswell; grandchildren, Melvin Ray, Nonis, Melissa, Heidi, Amy Rymer and her husband Bob, of McAlister, Okla., Jennifer Tomlinson and her husband Kendall, of Stanton, Texas, Brandon Dent and his wife Anna, of Perth, Australia, Brad Harper and his wife LuGina, of Los Lunas, Robbie Harper and his wife Francine, of Peoria, Ariz., Shelly Montgomery and her husband Wes, of Roswell, Lee Harper and his wife Ellen, of Roswell, Milton Harper and his wife Kelly, of Roswell, Millicent Bundick and her husband Jeremy, of San Angelo, Texas, Brandon Harper, of Roswell, and Bryce Harper, of Roswell; 23 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Ala Mae Wilson, of Rio Rancho, and Erica Wilson, of Carlsbad; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was baptized into Christ in her youth and served faithfully until the Lord called her home. Her church home was West Alameda Church of Christ. Besides being a full-time housewife and mother, she also worked at the food counters of Woolworth and Kress five and dime stores, when downtown Roswell was alive and thriving. She retired from the RISD doing cafeteria duties. She loved doing her crafts, and made many heirlooms like porcelain dolls, loved crocheting, sewing, canning and visiting with her friends, singing and playing solitaire.

The family would like to especially thank Martin Flores for the quality care given to her while staying at Martin’s Casasiesta. A special thanks to Lorena Carrillo, for her gentle care with our mother. Also Vista Care Hospice especially Lisa Grant, nurse, and aids Lettie and Brenda.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Portales Children’s Home, 1356 NM HWY 236, Portales, NM 88130.

Condolences may be offered online at

Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.

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