Rose Charles, 42 of Lancaster went home to be with the Lord on September 5, 2013 at her home surrounded by family. She was the daughter of Abram H. and Ruth Keller Charles.
She graduated from Faith Mennonite High School and Rosedale Bible Institute. She was an LPN and had the opportunity to serve in the hospital, clinics, nursing home and mission settings. After pursuing a certificate in Biblical Counseling, she worked part-time for 13 years as a counselor at Life Ministries. She found this work to be a meaningful avenue of both growing and giving.
Rose was active with gifts of hand and heart at Millersville Mennonite Church and served as an elder on the Leadership Team for the last 6 years. She was motivated by a desire to be a part of God’s kingdom on earth and was drawn to investing in relationships.
She enjoyed nature, flowers and healthy food, but she savored most times spent with family.
She fought a courageous battle with cancer the past 11 years and will be remembered by many for the ways she kept ministering to others throughout the journey.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by five siblings; Carol, wife of Dave Peachey of Mifflinburg, Cliff, husband of Nancy Herr of Lancaster, Sharon, wife of Richard Weaver of Lititz, Phyllis, wife of Doug Beachy of Ohio, Brenda, wife of Jim Musser of Ephrata. She is loved and will be missed by many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, September 9, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Millersville Mennonite Church, 439 Manor Avenue, Millersville, PA with Pastors Wes and Millie Penner, and Pastor David Peachey officiating. Friends may call at the church on Sunday from 3:00-5:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM and on Monday from 9:30 AM until time of service.
Rose expressed thanks for the abundance of flowers she was blessed with while she was living. In lieu of flowers, it is her wish that contributions of blood or plasma be made to the Blood Donor Center, 555 N. Duke St., Lancaster, PA