Molly Rose Childress
Published: November 11, 2012
MOLLY ROSE CHILDRESS, age 72, of Little Rock, Ark. passed away on Nov. 8, 2012. She was born Oct. 2, 1940, and was preceded in death by her parents, J.H. "Hap" and Marie Childress; her brother and his wife, Robert M. "Red" and Gailya Childress and a nephew, Robert M. Childress Jr. She is survived by three nieces, their husbands, and six adored great-nieces and nephews: Gaye Anne and Jerry Brown of Benton, Ark., Becky and Troy Garlington and children Sarah, Will, Emily, and Olivia of Benton, Ark., and Cindy and Craig Carlock and children Jett and Cade of Blytheville, Ark.
Rose graduated from Blytheville High School and continued her education at Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss., where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. She was an avid "Rebels" fan and never missed a game! She followed her musical calling by teaching chorus at East Bay High School in Riverview, Fla., where her choral groups achieved continual acclaim under her guidance. She was also awarded Teacher of the Year two consecutive years while teaching at Riverview.
Following her career in music, Rose entered the restaurant business and was co-owner of restaurants in Merritt Island, Fla. and Brandon, Fla., where she was also co-founder of the Brandon Cultural Center. She later returned to Arkansas to be closer to her family. She served the public at the Department of Human Services and later at Disability Determination for Social Security Administration, where she found many dear friends.
Upon retirement she found joy in various activities which included singing in the Arkansas Choral Society and attending the sports, music and academic programs of her great-nieces and nephews. A friend of all animals, Rose loved her cats, most especially her precious Beau.
Rose's friends and family will always remember her for her ability to find humor in every situation, as well as her incredible memory for special dates. Rose never missed a birthday or anniversary! She will be missed and loved forever.
At Rose's request, a celebration of her life will be held privately by the family at a later date. Much appreciation is given to the very special individuals, groups, and caring professionals who assisted her at the end of her journey. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society or the charity of your choice.