Rose J. Wilkie

Rose J. WilkieOur beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother went to be with our heavenly father on April 3, 2022. We were so lucky to have her as our best friend for 95 beautiful years. Long time Ridgecrest resident, Rose J. Wilkie was born on February 28, 1927 in Unity, PA to Rose and Michael Remai. In her childhood she moved to Fontana, CA where she graduated high school, was employed at the U.S. Army’s Camp Ono during World War 2, and in Sept of 1946 she married Howard LeMon. In 1947 they had their first child Susan and soon thereafter they moved to Ridgecrest. They had 5 more children, Caroline, Barbara, Mary, Rose and Michael.

Rose loved her family and the Lord. She was a talented artist creating several paintings that are treasured by family. She was a wonderful cook and baker. During her lifetime she worked at China Lake, Las Flores and Monroe schools.

After Howard passed she found love again and married David Wilkie on October 31, 1987. Dave and Rose had so many good times, traveling, fishing, playing Bingo and being with their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Fishing was a passion for Rose with a record bass picture in the Lake Isabella paper. One of her other passions was raising tortoise’s, who had several babies over the years, which she was able to give them too many others that shared the same passion. Her green thumb was never ending, growing and tending to her many, many plants.

Rose was so strong throughout her life. In her later years she showered her great grandchildren with love. She was preceded in death by her husbands’ Howard and Dave, daughter Caroline and son Michael.

Rose is survived by 4 daughters, 6 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She will be deeply missed by all.

Story First Published: 2022-04-29