Rose Rainford Howe

September 25, 1935March 23, 2020

Rose Rainford Howe, was born to Cecil Charles Rainford and Mirelda McDonald Rainford in Oracabessa, St. Mary Jamaica on September 25, 1935 and passed away on March 23, 2020, she was 84 years of age.

Sister Rose or Aunt Rose, as she was affectionately called by many, was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt. She was married to the love of her life Martin Howe (affectionately called Brother Ned), for fifty years until God called him home in 2016. We are confident that she has been reunited with him, as well as her oldest sister, Thelma (Alie) D'Agular.

Sister Rose was a dedicated Christian, it was her greatest joy to serve alongside her husband as a minister's wife. She was also passionate about education, serving the elderly and those less fortunate. She was a faithful volunteer at the Healy Center, the county jail, as well as various other organizations.

Sister Rose valued family and embraced everyone. She would often say "family is everything." Her unexpected departure leaves a hole in the hearts of her family. She leaves behind her four children, Deborah, James (Sunny), Ruth and John (Jamie), her stepson, Howard, her grandson Jourdain, her three remaining sisters, Edna Williams, Florice (Flor) Headlam and her identical twin, Hazel (Pearl) Perry. She also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, those who she "adopted" to be a part of the family and many friends.

Due to the restrictions imposed by the current pandemic, a private graveside service will be held on Friday, April 3rd. Our immediate family invites all extended family and friends to join us for a public celebration of life on September 25, 2020, at 11:00 am at Christ Fellowship, South Campus, located at 5343 Northlake Blvd. Palm Beach Gardens, FL.


  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, September 25, 2020


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Ricardo Brown

April 6, 2020

Sending prayers and condolescences to the family. Aunt Rose will be missed. I was blessed to spend time with her and just talk. A conversation I will cherish for the rest of my life.

Karen Azoy

April 3, 2020

Thinking of you Ruthe and family during this very difficult time. Praying for your strength and peace.

Dawn Scott

April 2, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers for this lovely family that left a huge impact on our hearts. - Dawn Scott and Ralph Scott from the Ralph F. Scott Funeral Home in Portsmouth, Ohio

Helen Sheats

April 1, 2020

"Sister Howe" has been a loved friend and sister in the Lord since we met her with her husband and family in 1977. I have much admiration for her faithfulness in so many areas of ministry over the years, especially her ministry to her husband during his years of illness. Knowing a little of the difficulties she has gone through those years and after his home-going, I have had a song come to my heart for her from Psalm 30:11: "Thou hast turned my mourning into dancing for me, Thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness...!" We will miss her, and my love and prayers are for comfort to her family right now; but yet, who would call her back from what she is now knowing?! Rather, let's give all praises to Jesus Christ who paid the price so that we might also join her there!

Sophia Griffiths

March 31, 2020

Composed by:
Sophia Henry-Griffiths

Aunt Rose:
Aunt Rose was one of those individuals who valued families, so much so that, when she visited Jamaica and as far possible, she would try her best to visit her cousins Verney (now deceased), and Daisy in Sligoville – Trentham Park. She would even visit the burial ground of her aunts and cousins.
She embraced godly principles, biblical morals and courtesy. Even now, I am reminded of the poem she composed and presented to my daughter entitled “Be a ROSE”. A very strict and principled lady and not to mention very immaculate.
I can recall her collection of dolls from many years back, and for each she had a story of how she came by it. I often wondered how she kept them almost brand new and from being destroyed by her children or other little ones.
As her name suggest, she was a ROSE, beautiful in its time, in looks, fragrance and attitude. Unfortunately, all roses fade. I know it would be one of her greatest desire, that her offspring, spring fort and shoot fragrant roses as shoots from her stock.
I trust that her life was such beauty it pleased God, who will one day, very soon, call her forth from the grave to life eternal.
To her families and friends, let us reminisce on those great moments we had with her. Trust and have faith in God our creator, who is faithful in his promise, “…I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am there you may be also.”

Barry Bellamy

March 31, 2020

My condolences to Rose's immediate family. We mourn with you at the sudden passing of this gracious lady. In the several phone chats I had with her about family connections, her childhood memories were always enlightening and I cherish my memories of her. She was unable to find the notes she inherited from her father about the connection of my maternal great grandfather George Powell Rainford with her ancestor James Thame Rainford. So, I kept hoping that one day I could visit her to search with her through the papers she cherished. But the visit was not to be.


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