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Rose Lawlor Taylor

March 26, 1934May 12, 2020

Rose L. Taylor, 86, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister-in-law and aunt, of Little River Glen Senior Center in Fairfax, Virginia, passed away peacefully in her apartment on the morning of May 12, 2020 after a long illness.

Rose was born in Grafton, Ontario, Canada to Rose Ella Calnan and Henry Lawless and emigrated to the United States at the age of 15, becoming a U.S. citizen at the age of 25. Rose worked for the City of Fairfax for 28 years, starting in the Treasurer’s Office and was promoted to the Clerk of Court for the City of Fairfax General District Court, in which role she spent most of her career.

She is survived and greatly missed by her three children; Margaret “Peggy” Lawlor, Michael (Vicky) Lawlor, and Kevin (Debra) Lawlor, as well as 8 grandchildren; Kelley Rose Young, Levi Young, Caitlin Gumb, Shari Stanford, Kari Hall, Ethan Lawlor, Katherine Lawlor and Meghan Lawlor, and 6 great-grandchildren; Jada Rose Terry, Zoe Grace Young, Ryleigh Noel Hall, John Ryan Hall, Hayden Kimberlee Stanford, and Dominic Glascoe, and many nieces and nephews in the States as well as Canada, as well as her devoted sister-in-laws Mary Ellen Lawless, and Joan Lawless. Her brothers Daniel Lawless, Denis Lawless, Father John Lawless as well as her sisters Gertrude (Bernard) Murphy, and Jane (George) Koerner, as well as several nephews, preceded her into the Lord’s welcoming arms.

We will always carry your memory in our hearts.

Memorial Services will be scheduled in early September 2020 at Demaine Funeral Home, 10565 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22030


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Sheila Epstein

May 21, 2020

On behalf of the members of the Little River Glen Chorus, I wish to send condolences to Rose's family and friends. She was a member of of the chorus way before I joined as their accompanist in 2001. Rose had a beautiful voice and sang solos as well as duets with her dear friend, Helen Reimherr for many of our programs. The members will always remember her for her love of music, beautiful smile and dedication to the chorus. I am most appreciative for the many books of music and sheet music she gave me. Rest in peace, Rose, and sing with the angels!! Love you, Sheila Epstein, Director/Accompanist of the Little River Glen Chorus.

Bill Lawless

May 19, 2020

So Sorry to hear of Rose’s death. Rose was my baby sitter for the 1st few years of my life I remember as a young child well the day she left Grafton and I was sad as I saw her get on the bus She always recalled these memories the few times we visited her in the States and when she came back to Canada for a visit. May she Rest In Peace

Mary Ellen Lawless

May 19, 2020

Memories.I have so many going back to the days when we were kids playing around our common Uncle Din's and Aunt Lill's farm home in Grafton. Rose was so loved and so admired by everyone in school and in Grafton for her beauty and her smile that would light up everywhere she would be. Since hearing about her death I have had so many phone calls from the cousins who remember her, even though she had to leave her home in Grafton at such a young age because her Mother had developed TB of the bone and had to be hospitalized in Toronto for several years.
Rose had a quiet but great sense of humour. On a cruise several years ago she had a temporary "Rose" tattoo put on her arm. Everyone in our group had a great fun talking about Rose's tattoo. Several from that trip have mentioned that when I was sharing with them that Rose had died.
We all loved Rose and am comforted to know that she richly deserves a high place in Heaven where she can take her rightly place, singing with the angels... she had a beautiful voice!
Sent with love. Rest in peace dear sister. Mary Ellen Lawless

Thomas Lee

May 17, 2020

It was a great pleasure working with Rose when I was a young Police Officer for the City of Fairfax. I have some great memories of the times we spent together socially and at court. The world will miss this great lady. My condolences and prayers to the family.


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