Rose "Rosie" Marie (Manion) Crowley, 83 went to heaven with family members by her side on December 28, 2018 at home in Corona, California.
She was born in 1935 in Deadwood, South Dakota to Patrick and Delnette Manion. Rose attended local schools and married Richard "Dick” Crowley, December 23, 1953. Together they brought six children into the world. Dick died of cancer complications in 1970.
Rose devoted her life to raising six children on her own. She worked hard to ensure her children had a roof over their heads, food on the table and clothes on their backs. The strong work ethic her children have is due to her raising the children to know the value of hard work and prayer. She was a religious woman who instilled the importance of God and ensuring the children received a strong Catholic school education. Many early childhood memories include saying the nightly rosary and all marching to mass together every Sunday. Rose was dedicated to make certain her children remained very close with both sides of the family.
Rose’s great adventures were her trips to Ireland with son Jim & grandkids, trips to Branson and Las Vegas, camping with son Harold's family and her brother, Jim Manion's family. Rose attended and supported daughter Kathy & Mike's adventures with skydiving, downhill skiing, motorcycle touring and golfing. Her weekly lunches with Ron and the fireworks on July 3rd at Ron & Jackie's home. She enjoyed many trips to California to visit son Chris, several trips to Glacier National Park; spending time with the Kolendich family at Swan Lake. Mom loved her daughter Patty and she remained in her daily prayers until she passed. She was an avid sports fan, went to the horse races at Santa Anita Park, the Notre Dame/Navy game and always supported the Chicago Bears. She was very close to her siblings and their spouses – brother, Jim, sisters, Della, Sandy and Jeri. They loved to laugh and tell many stories that grew each time they told them. Those stories will continue to live and grow in the Crowley and Manion family homes. Rosie would sing Irish songs or dance at a "drop of a hat".
Her children and grandchildren remember her love for games, cribbage, Yahtzee, Keno, Monopoly and others. However, she was frequently accused of playing with special hocus pocus powers; as she always had a knack for winning.
Rose married Bud Burns in 1975 and were known to each other as "McGee & McGillicuddy" — they loved to laugh, camp and fish. Bud passed in 1988. Rose worked hard her entire life, retiring at age 71. In her work years she was a valuable asset to Montana Power, Butte School District, Aware Program, Bert and Ernie's Restaurant, the Montana Nurses Association and many families for whom she took care of their loved ones in their final days, to include caring for Elaine Doughty, daughter Kathy's husband's mother. She shared many memories of when she worked for Hennessv's Funeral Home and The Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Washington.
She is survived by her children, Harold (Letty) Crowley of Butte, Kathy (Mike) Doughty of Clancy, Jim (Coleen) Crowley of Walla Walla, WA, Ron (Jackie) Crowley of Butte and Christopher Crowley of Corona, CA; sisters, Della McClure, Jeri (Bob) Heady, Sandra Balek, and brother Jim (Rose) Manion. Rose was most proud of her grandchildren, Jason Crowley, Daniel (Kerrie) Crowley, Katrina (Corey) Johnson, Kristopher (Anna) Doughty, Robert Doughty, Shannon (Tim) Foley, Cailin (Jordan) Tollefson, Shea Crowley, Abby Crowley, Mary Crowley, John Crowley, Elizabeth Crowley, Kelly Crowley, Stephanie Janhunen and Lacy Hojem. Rose is also survived by numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Rose was preceded in death by her daughter, Patty Janhunen; brother, Paddy Ray Manion; parents, Patrick and Delnette Manion; the children's father, Richard Crowley; William "Bud" Burns; brothers-in law, Harold "Had" (Lois) Crowley, John "Shanty"(Lou) Crowley, Elmer (Marie) Crowley, Raymond "Mickey" Crowley; sisters-in-law, Jean (Ted) Premel, Evelyn (Frank) Kolendich, Pauline (Rex) Brown and many more special friends and family members.
Rose's home in Butte for the last four years was at Meadowlands where she participated in many activities under the direction of Janelle Lafser. She also enjoyed bingo and meals at the Belmont. After a hip fracture in October 2017, it became clear that she was not able to live on her own. She was a resident of Copper Ridge Rehabilitation Center until she was released and then traveled to California to be with her son, Christopher. In California, she developed a loyal and loving group of friends who were known to take her to lunch and gambling. The family extends their warmest regards to Elsie Quick, Dieter & Connie Preiser, Bob & Irene Campos and caregiver Lidia Bran who were devoted to Rose and made Rose's family part of their family.
My mother who gave me the best of her life, who cherished my secrets, my sorrows my strife, who taught me to love, who taught me to pray, my mother is in heaven, bless her today.
Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Well done mother, we love you with all our hearts. — Your family
A memorial Mass will be held in Butte, Montana at the Immaculate Conception Church on January 11, 2019 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at the Holy Cross Cemetery. A reception celebrating her life will be held at the McQueen Club on Continental Avenue.
Memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities, the Butte Food Bank or the charity of the donor's choice.
Axelson Alternative Cremation is privileged to serve Rose’s Family.