Rose Thompson

Rose Thompson, 82, formerly of Jamaica, passed away on Oct. 18 of complications following a stroke.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 25 at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 1230 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, with visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at Iles Westover Chapel, 6337 Hickman Road, Des Moines.

Interment will be in Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines. 

Rose was born on July 3, 1937, in Jamaica to Mike and Kathryn (McCleary) Garland. After graduating from Jamaica High School, she attended AIB (American Institute of Business) in Des Moines.

She later worked for Look magazine and continued to play her favorite sport of basketball. In 2000, she retired from Monsanto (Asgrow) after 20 years. 

Rosie, as she was affectionately known by her family, was a big fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and an avid fan of Elvis. She enjoyed watching her grandchildren play sports. She coached her own daughters in softball and basketball. She organized the building of the Lincoln High School softball field on the south side of Des Moines. 

Rose was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church, the Altar and Rosary Society, a former member of T.T.T. where she served as a past president of her Chapter DR. 

Rose is survived by her daughters, Mary Thompson and Tammy Andrada; daughter-in-law Lesly Thompson; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews and their families.

She was preceded in death by her son, Tom; her parents; her husband, Tom; a great-grandson, Rafael Luna; and her siblings, Connie Finley, Joan Tasler and Cleo Garland.  

Memorials may be directed to EveryStep Hospice Kavanagh House, Des Moines.

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