Esther J. Rose

Esther Jett Rose, November 13, 1930 - January 31, 2018

Esther was born and grew up in Newport, Kentucky. She passed away peacefully in Deland, Florida, where she spent the last three years of her life.

Esther rarely missed the Kentucky Derby, she enjoyed a good Kentucky bourbon, and she teared up every time she heard “My Old Kentucky Home”.  Nevertheless, she frequently told people that she was from “greater Cincinnati” because, although she lived in many places throughout her 87 years, she was a Buckeye at heart.  She remained passionately loyal to her Cincinnati Reds and the Ohio State Buckeyes, always. No matter what license plate was on her car, she always displayed a Cincinnati Reds sticker on the window.

As a minister’s wife, she, with her husband, lived and served in churches in Kentucky, Virginia, Ohio and West Virginia. When she was widowed in 1965 with two young children, her strength, independence, and faith helped her establish a full time career, maintain a lovely household, and raise two successful children on her own. When her nest was empty, her wandering spirit took her to live in Texas, North Carolina, back to Ohio, then to New Mexico and finally to Florida for the last 13 years of her life. 

She had a long career as an office worker and administrative assistant, which were the skills that allowed her to be able to travel and live in eight different states.  When she retired from office work, she had a second career as a professional nanny, enabling her to be a “grandmother” many times over.

Besides her sports passions, Esther loved music, was an avid reader, and a collector of Southwestern Native American art.

Esther was predeceased by her parents Bela and Jessie Jett, and by her brothers Harold and Frederick, her sisters Elizabeth (Betty) and Evelyn, and by her husband Rev. Albert Leake Rose. She is survived by her son Albert Rose and his wife Teresa Trudell Rose of Melbourne, Florida, and by her daughter Rebecca Rose and her wife Susan Matthew of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and by numerous nieces and nephews, as well as loving friends around the country.


A service in celebration of Esther’s life will take place at 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at Lankford Funeral Home, 220 East New York Avenue, Deland, Florida 32724.