Rose Marie Strait

February 17, 1930October 11, 2013

Rose Marie Wesson Strait, 83, died Friday, October 11, 2013 at the Hospice Home of Wake County. She was born in Saginaw, MI on February 17, 1930 to the late William Aaron and Hazel Bolster Wesson. She married W.E. "Jack" Strait on July 7, 1951, who predeceased her on Jan 24, 1998.

Rose was an active volunteer all of her life in Camp Fire Girls, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Crippled Children, American Cancer Society, Hospital Auxiliary, Sunday School teacher, Special Olympics, and many other service groups. She was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood ( Chapter Z) and served on the NC State Executive Board for 7 years and as its President 1988-1989. She was a member of Benson Memorial United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her son, Daniel Guy Strait, and daughter, Kathryn Ann Strait, close family friend, Denis Holliday, and grandson, Luke Johnson, all of Raleigh; sister, Mary Miller of Saginaw, MI; brother, Guy Wesson of Frankenmuth, MI; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Graham of Supply, NC; brother-in-law, Richard Busch of Bay City, MI, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by another brother, Robert Wesson of Saginaw, MI.

A memorial service will be held at Benson Memorial United Methodist Church, on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 1 pm. Visitation will be following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to: The P.E.O. Foundation, 3700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312; Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607; Benson Memorial United Methodist Church, 4706 Creedmoor Rd, Raleigh, NC 27612; or a charity of your choice.



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Lucille Hazell

November 5, 2013

Rose Marie and I went through school together - kindergarten through grade 12. We spent our summers playing together through the '30's not really knowing how bad the Depression was - only that we had what we needed. Rose Marie's aunt was ever present as were my parents. We didn't see much of each other after high school but always kept in touch. I feel like I have lost some of my lovely memories of childhood with her paswsing.
Lucille Kapplinger Hazell

Jesse & Barbara Walton

October 16, 2013

Did not take long to realize how special Rose was to everyone she touched. She will be greatly missed by many.

Michael Quackenbush

October 15, 2013

My deepest sympathy to the Strait family.

Kerry & Dawn d'Hemecourt

October 14, 2013

Kathy and Dan, We know you will miss your Mother very much. Always remember the good times and reflect on what an amazing and funny lady she was. Our deepest sympathy.
Kerry & Dawn d'Hemecourt

Sue Briggs

October 14, 2013

Rose will be missed by all her P.E.O. Sisters in chapter Z and all over North Carolina and internationally.

Mike Maggio

October 14, 2013

My deepest sympathy to the family. I enjoyed working with Rose. I will keep the Holland America coaster (from her around the world cruise)on my desk as a fond reminder of her kindness. I am sure she will be sadly missed.

Lee Melvin

October 13, 2013

I feel very blessed to have known this special lady.

October 13, 2013

Both Sterling and I send our dearest love to Roses family. She was a dear lady and a wonderful P.E.O. Sister to me. Please know that you have our deepest sympathy. We shall remember Rose for all the joy she brought to all of us. God. Bless. Anita and Sterling Hennis