Lucile Rose enjoyed two separate celebrations of her 100th birthday. The first celebration was with friends and family at Bentwinds Country Club with over one hundred guests. The second celebration was on Monday, Feb. 25 (the anniversary of her 1913 birth year) with her friends at Windsor Point Retirement Community.
Before the party Lucille was in her room where she sat poised and calm, trying to keep a tiara in place but still looking sweet. Her sweet nature is exemplified by the many, many friends she has.
Lucille has lived at Windsor Point for 15 years. Walking, crossword puzzles, activities with her friends and visits from her family keep her busy.
Until a brief illness last spring, she has always been such a big fan of UNC that she watched every one of their basketball games.
Lucille knows the source of her longevity.
“The good Lord looked after me for 100 years and helped me all the way.”
Originally from Broadway, Lucille was married in 1938 to the late Hubert Rose, who passed away March 19, 1983. They met at East Carolina Training School for Boys where they were both employed; Mr. Rose as a principal and Mrs. Rose as a house mother.
Lucile and her husband moved to Fuquay in 1957 when Mr. Rose became principal at Willow Spring Elementary School. They joined First Baptist Church of Fuquay-Varina.
Years ago the couple made one special trip to Scotland where they met her husband’s family and descendants of the Rose family who lived in the old “Rose” castle. On the wall of her room is a painting of this castle, of which she is very proud.
Their son, Charles, later claimed his father’s calling and became the principal at Fuquay-Varina High School.
Lucile loves Fuquay-Varina, describing it as a beautiful town with great people. A town she doesn’t plan on leaving soon.
“I’ll live just as long as the Lord wants me to.”