Rose Smith Anton

Born: Fri., Mar. 10, 1922
Died: Wed., Jun. 16, 2010

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Rose Anton, Beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great-grandmother and Friend

Rose Smith Anton, born Roza Smith, age 88, of Eatonton, Georgia, died Wednesday, June 16, 2010, at her home. Born in Derry, New Hampshire on March 10, 1922, she was one of the five children of the late Lida Holzvey and John Smith, German and Russian immigrants. In 1942, she married Frederick Peter Anton, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, who preceded her in death in 1982. While he served in the U.S. Army during World War II, she worked in munitions at the Boston Naval Shipyard. She also served as a nurse in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and then owned her own hair salon for many years. In addition to her husband, Fred, she was preceded in death by her son, Pari Frederick Anton, in 2000. The oldest living matriarch over a family of 126 people, Rose is survived by a a daughter-in-law and son, Mary Ellen and John Anton; a daughter, Mona Tycz; a daughter-in-law, Mary Anton; a niece, Rita (Woiceshook) Schena; grandsons, Peter, Freddy, Jason, Eddie, and John; and great-grandchildren, Yelaina, Madeleine, Callie, Matthew, Molly, Emily, Grace, Madison, Mason and Joseph. She lived much of her life in Haverhill and Lawrence, Massachusetts, where she was a lifelong member of Saint Anthony''s Maronite Catholic Church, and also in Pine Island, Florida. For five years, she has lived in Cuscowilla in Eatonton, Georgia, where she became a fixture, making many friends with golfers and neighbors by offering refreshments as they passed her back yard. She was a talented painter, and greatly enjoyed reading, golf, and nature. However, her true love in life was her family, and each new generation brought her even greater joy. A spirited and passionate woman, her tenderness showed most when she was with the children in her family. They will always remember her limitless patience and interest in their lives. And they were clearly her heart.

She will be buried with her husband, Fred, at Saint Anthony Cemetery in Methuen, Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in her memory to St. Anthony Maronite Catholic Church, 145 Amesbury Street, Lawrence, MA 01841. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us online at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the guest register.

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Hug Flannagan
   Posted Wed June 16, 2010
I am truly saddened by your loss. Rose was such a great, kind and gentle person. She will be missed. It won't be the same walking to the gree on 13. My heart goes out to you both.

Kirbys, Bruce, Jo Ann, Chrissy and Katlyn
   Posted Thu June 17, 2010
We extend our deepest sympathy to John, Mary Ellen and their family. Rose was a great lady and will be missed by all.

Teressa
   Posted Thu June 17, 2010
We are very sorry for your loss. What a Great Lady. Metro Water Filter Staff

David and Janice Whitcomb
   Posted Thu June 17, 2010
we wanted you to know how much we love you guys. You are our family and we will do anything you need. I really enjoyed going to womens club events and playing bunco with rose- she was a trouper. I'll always remeber her not being able to get out of the elevator so she just traveled to a different floor till she could be heard and get out. Wonderful lady with an enormous heart we will miss her.

Mandi Bonner
   Posted Thu June 17, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss. Miss Rose was such a special person. I so much enjoyed her at bunco, Cuscowilla outings, her feeding the ducks in The Arbors and our and about at Lake Oconee.

Don Adams
   Posted Mon June 21, 2010
Dear John and Mary Ellen, My deepest sypathies on the passing of your Mom, John. She was a lovely woman who visited our writers' group several times and we always enjoyed her presence. My sincere condolences to you... Don

Lynda Duthler
   Posted Fri June 25, 2010
Miss Rosie came into my life only a year or so ago, but I will miss her infectious good spirit and love of life. I'm so sorry for your loss and will keep you all in my prayers.

Joycelyn Lynch
   Posted Tue July 20, 2010
AS YOUR NEIGHBOR, I JUST WANTED TO EXPRESS MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILY OF ROSE SMITH ANTON. AT A TIME LIKE THIS MAY YOU FIND COMFORT IN THE SCRIPTURE. REVELATION 21:4 STATES " AND HE WILL WIPE OUT EVERY TEAR FROM THEIR EYES AND DEATH WILL BE NO MORE NEITHER WILL MOURNING NOR OUTCRY NOR PAIN BE ANYMORE THE FORMER THINGS HAVE PASSED AWAY. WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE FULFILLMENT OF THAT PROMISE. SINCERLY LYNCH, CONYERS GEORGIA