FAMILY and friends have been paying glowing tributes to a popular Thame fundraiser and resident who sadly passed away last week.
Rose Monaghan lived in the town for 56 years and was well known to many people for her sterling efforts raising money for a vast array of local projects.
The 75 year old passed away at her home surrounded by her loving children on Thursday, September 22.
Rose was known for the many years she spent at St John’s Hospital in Stone where she worked exceptionally hard to help her patients constantly going far beyond what would be expected of her.
Rose’s daughter, Bridie Williams, said: “As children we all remember mum inviting her patients round over Christmas saying no one should be alone and they even came on some family holidays to the coast.”
A familiar and much-loved face around town, Rose raised thousands of pounds for the community bus and volunteered in the school holidays to be a swimming warden so that the pool could remain open for children during the summer.
“Mum loved her family very much, including her beloved corgi, and was the head of the family with all generations loving and respecting her. My mum loved living in Thame and never considered leaving her home town.”
Don Butler, former town mayor, said: “Rose will be remembered as a very cheerful, friendly and compassionate lady.”
Retired deputy head of Lord Williams’s, Mr Harding, said “I was Rose’s neighbour for very nearly 28 years, and before that I had known her as mother of five of her children who I taught at Lord Williams’s.
“She raised a wonderful family, who were always in and out, and were a great support to her towards the end of her life.
“Her family are a living testament to the sort of person she was.
“Our over-riding memories are of a thoughtful and accommodating neighbour, with whom we never had a cross word, and of someone who was always busy making sure other peoples’ needs were being met, rather than worrying about her own.
“She was one of those people about whom you can say, she was the salt of the earth.”