Rose Maree (Jordan) Myers (Hanahan, SC)
November 14, 1935 – September 25, 2020
Rose Maree Jordan Myers of Hanahan passed away Friday morning, September 25, 2020. She was 84 years old. Rose Maree was born in Lynchburg, South Carolina on November 14, 1935 to mother, Mildred Edith Keels Jordan and father, Willie Keith Jordan, Sr. She is survived by two children, Wesley Max Myers and Donna Myers Knudsen (Neil), two grandsons, Jacob Elton Myers and Brandon Michael Knudsen (Kirsten), one great granddaughter, Juliana Evae Knudsen, one sister, Millie Jordan Melton (Rick) and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three siblings, Lenora Jordan Foster (Julian), W. Keith Jordan, Jr., Thompson Keels (Tom) Jordan, and her most beloved husband of 58 years, Max Elton Myers.
Rose Maree graduated from Olanta High School and continued her education at Winthrop College graduating in 1958 with a double major in English and Art and spent four summers touring with the Barter Theater in Abington, Virginia.
Rose Maree became an English teacher at Fishburne Elementary in Hanahan in 1960. She later taught art at Middle Park Elementary in North Charleston. Her teaching career spanned two decades, teaching generations of children during the day while pursuing her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Elementary Education during the evenings. She became an assistant principal and then principal at Goodwin Elementary School in West Ashely before approaching the Charleston County School Board with her idea for a “magnet school” with “arts infused curriculum”.
Through Rose Maree’s vision and persistence, the Ashley River Creative Arts School and the Charleston County School of the Arts were founded. The SOA Performing Arts Center was named in her honor. Both schools became extremely successful, winning many state and national awards including the National Blue Ribbon Award and the Elizabeth O’Neil Verner Award. Due to their success, she was invited to public school districts across the country implementing arts infused curriculum. She was honored by the Kennedy Center for her arts in education initiative. She earned the respect of all because of her dedication to the education of our children and her innate ability to harness whatever avenue best served to reach each, individual child in such a way as to afford them an education that enriched their lives to the fullest whether it was through the arts or something else.
Rose Maree valued her private life where she indulged many passions. Her love and devotion to her family was her top priority. We count ourselves extremely fortunate to have a mother whose fierce love was truly unconditional and whose support never, ever waivered. Rose Maree’s appreciation for Mother Nature was a joy to behold. Her compassion for every living creature including domesticated pets, injured wildlife and sickly plants was unsurpassed. She considered herself a protector of the Earth and saw her ability to nurture anything back to life as a spiritual gift. She was a ferocious reader and possessed a vocabulary that sent many running for a dictionary. If one found themselves on her wrong side, she could address them with words that left them wondering if they had been rebuked or complimented. Her command of the English language was extraordinary and her ability to own an audience during large speaking events was most impressive. Never has there been a more gifted public speaker which she always credited to her theater background. Though talented in many artistic ways, she only mastered one; the art of persuasion.
Rose Maree always believed that each of us have a responsibility to each other and were put on this earth specifically to lift each other up so we could all be the best version of ourselves. For this reason, she mentored many and participated in all civic responsibilities.
Rose Maree was an extraordinary woman born well ahead of her of time. Her life and accomplishments are an inspiration to all. She will be forever loved and dearly missed.
A Life Well Celebrated Memorial Service will be announced at a later date. Condolences may be left for the family on the Carolina Memorial Funeral Home website, www.carolinamemorial.com
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in support of the arts in education.
Private Family Graveside Service at Carolina Memorial Gardens
Rose Maree (Jordan) Myers (Hanahan, SC)
October 5, 2020
I met Rose Maree in the spring of 1995 when I interviewed for a teaching position at the School of the Arts. I worked with her as a teacher and then as her assistant principal until she left SOA in 2007. From 2002 until 2007, when I was assistant principal, we became very close and I grew to love her dearly.
Within two months of SOA’s opening in 1995, we hosted an “open house” in the former CREOC buildings which we occupied in the early years. Along with a tour of those primitive facilities, district office folks and administrators from around the county observed our students in academics and fine arts. I overheard a group of visitors commenting on how far an abandoned vocational facility had come in a few months. One visitor remarked that one should expect no less from Rose Maree. I heard the phrase, “silk purse from sow’s ear,” that day. Over the years, I observed Rose Maree moving mountains to provide for the students in her school. After I became principal of another school in 2008, I called Rose Maree to thank her for showing me how to get the job done. As I told her that day, I could not have done it without her guidance and example.
One special memory involves her husband Max, one of the sweetest men I have ever known. I attended a tennis match at the then Family Circle Cup with Rose Maree. She had been invited by Venus Williams to accept a grant to support the SOA Costume Design program. During the match preceding our meeting Venus, Rose Maree kept in touch with Max via cell phone so that he could share this experience with her. When we met Venus, Rose Maree told her that Max was delighted that she had won and that he was one of her most ardent supporters. The strength of your parents’ relationship is no news to family, I am sure. However, to someone outside your family, observing such a sweet moment was an inspiration.
October 1, 2020
Profoundly sad.Elegant,gracious,funny and determined.
I will miss our visits
September 30, 2020
The Meyers' Family
Rose Maree Myers was unlike any person I have ever met. She encouraged me to take risks that she saw as opportunities. My teaching experiences began to branch out. She told me that she was always there if I needed any help. With her persuasion, I enjoyed teaching more than I ever thought possible. Without Rose Maree's consistent encouragement, I would have never realized how important the arts brought learning into the realm of knowledge and living.
To Rose Maree's family, I offer blessings from above and memories to bring her love alive.
With fond memories and heartfelt thanks for her making all people special.
Carole B. Rathbun
Katrina M. HR-Florence School District 3
September 29, 2020
Millie Jordan Melton (Rick) and family,
Please know we are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.
Jennifer Rigsby Pustaver
September 28, 2020
Donna & Wesley-Your Mom was a wonderful lady and such a sweet soul. I know you will all miss her dearly. I have such fond memories of your Mom and Dad at the lake.
Please know that I am thinking of you both.
September 28, 2020
I was one of her students instilled a love for reading and the confidents IN MYSELF GREAT WOMAN AND TEACHER!!
September 26, 2020
Rose Maree will be remembered as a pioneer for arts education. She fought tirelessly for the arts magnet school and she was a joy to know . I was PTA president at Ashley River ...or Rivvaa as she said... for 2 years and watched her blaze a trail. She was an amazing woman. May God replace your sorrow with beautiful memories.