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Alumni Obituary – Rosalie Anne (Gillette) Jeffery

Rosalie Anne (Gillette) Jeffery (WS’63) was the second daughter born to Clayton and Helen Gillette, July 24, 1943, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and she passed away peacefully Wednesday, December 13 in Phoenix, AZ.

Rose grew up in Wessington Springs, South Dakota with her two sisters, Marylin (Ellis) Oderman and Eloise Gillette, and her brother, Gaylord (Vicki) Gillette.
Rose graduated from Wessington Springs College with an AA degree in 1963, and from Seattle Pacific University with a BA degree in Art & Elementary Education in 1965 and an MA degree in Elementary Education & Administration in 1967. She loved teaching 5th graders and later preschool children.

Rose and Dave Jefferey were married June 19, 1965, and enjoyed 58 ½ years of marriage. (Rose would tell you at least 10 of them were happy years.) The couple was blessed with two wonderful daughters, Shanna Lynn (Bryce) Fendall and Janel Sue (Jason) Tucker. She also has two grandchildren that she adored, Ashlee Rose Fendall and Bryan Eugene Fendall. Numerous nieces, nephews, family, and friends also survive.

Rose loved everything artistic: cake decorating, ceramics, crafts, calligraphy, home décor, quilting, sewing, lively music, and more. Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) and Bunco were something that she would never miss attending! Christmas was her favorite time of year so she could creatively make her home festive and alive with great food, fun, and bright colors.
The family commented with deep thankfulness: “You made us laugh, see the beauty in colors, and encouraged us to love and trust in Jesus.”

The memorial service for Rose Jeffery will be Sunday, January 14 at 2:30 p.m. at the McPherson Free Methodist Church, 1010 S. Maple, McPherson, Kansas.


Central Christian College of Kansas is a regionally accredited institution offering undergraduate and graduate-level programs. Central strives to offer Christ-centered education for the whole person – heart, mind, soul, and strength. Its history dates back to 1884, and it is located in the friendly town of McPherson, Kansas. Central is a strategically small college that offers over forty areas of residential study and a thriving online program for non-traditional students. To learn more about Central go to Visit the Foundation of Central Christian College to see what projects and events are coming up.

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