Rose was born in Phoenix, AZ on February 19, 1947 to Leon Blue and Gertrude Ray. At the age of five, Rose was brought to Oklahoma to live with her Grandmother Eva Mae. It was at this time that Rose found God. She attended Union Baptist Church where her Grandfather was the Pastor. Rose attended Dunbar and Douglas High schools and was a 1966 graduate of Lawton High School. Rose began working as a ward clerk at Southwestern Medical Center in 1968. While working at Southwestern, Rose had many collages, friends, and mentors. One of those mentors suggested that she go to nursing school and the rest as they say is history. Rose achieved her license for practical nursing in 1978 from the Great Plains Technology Center. She placed tenth in her class of one hundred and thirty eight students. After graduating from Great Plains, she started working in the emergency department at Comanche County Memorial Hospital. In 1981, Rose moved her family to her birth home of Phoenix, AZ in search of better opportunities, but after two years, she missed her home and moved back to Oklahoma. Upon returning, she took a job at Reynolds Army Hospital where she worked until she went into home health services. She also worked as a teacher’s assistant at Douglas and Sullivan Village Elementary Schools, Duncan Regional Hospital, for Dr. Kresbach and then returned to her beloved South Western Medical Center.
She is survived by her son: Anthony Blue of Lawton, OK; Her daughters: Carmen Futrell of Williamsburg, VA and Patricia Blue of Lawton, OK; twenty grandchildren and thirty nine great grandchildren
She was preceded in death by her mother: Gertrude Johnson; her grandmother: Eva Mae; her sister: Zelma Mims;her brother: Joseph Johnson; her grandchildren: Drake Blue, Kohana Blue and Damien Ross
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