Oh what a great lady of our community has gone. Rose Pickett passed away on Dec.7 . In recent years, Rose, who was 90 years old, had lived at Angel's Touch Assisted Living in West Friendship.
She loved this column and for many years would call me weekly to update me on her visits to her brother in Ohio, local excursions to restaurants or shops or an accounting of the many notes and cards she had received from friends and relatives any particular week.
Rose loved the royals of England as much as she loved John "Duke" Wayne. And Rose had the collectible princess Diana and Fergie dolls to prove it.
She was a kind of mascot for the West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department, of which her son-in-law Gary Unverzagt was chief for many years. There was always a car in her driveway signaling a visit from someone in the community.
She loved to bake in her fabulous old-fashioned kitchen. I can not even count the amount of carrot cakes she baked for my family over the years.
Sewing and needlecraft was another passion of hers. She loved to tell the total amount of afghans (300-plus) she had crocheted for friends and acquaintances alike. Rose even made an afghan for our son to take to college with him back in 1993.
She was a devoted mother to her daughters Denise and Barbara and to her son Ron and loved to boast of her granddaughter Laura.
We in the community will miss Rose Pickett.
Colleen Konstanzer, community outreach coordinator for Neighbor Ride mused to me recently that during this time of year individuals commit to making a difference in a meaningful way.
Colleen asks, "Why not consider becoming a Neighbor Ride volunteer?" If you would like to make a difference in a person's life, then volunteering as a Neighbor Ride driver just might be the thing for you. Interested? Call Rosemary Noble or Patrice Cerwonka at 410-884-7433 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just a reminder. Over at the Shrine of St. Anthony, Brother Gerry Seipp is welcoming the public to enjoy his outstanding holiday train garden display. Brother Gerry loves trains and has been collecting since his boyhood days in Baltimore.
The train garden set up will be in place and open for viewing from 3 to 5 p.m. each Sunday in December and January. Next up is Dec. 23. The Shrine of St. Anthony is at 12290 Folly Quarter Road.
If you hear the sound of sirens this week, it is probably Santa and his helpers from West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department Station 3 making the yearly rounds through the neighborhoods. This week, stops include Sharp Road, Old Rover Road, Danmark Drive ,Tall Ships Drive, Roscommon and Appleby Court.
The train garden set up at Station 3 is is open to the public on Dec. 20 and 21 from 6 to 9 p.m., and on Dec. 22, 23 and 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Vocalists Rebecca Gold and Patty Berry will perform traditional carols and holiday harmonies from 1 to 3 p.m. on Dec. 22 at Greenbridge Pottery in Dayton. Hot cider, pottery and crafts, textile art and holiday gifts galore are in store for those who visit Greenbridge during the holidays. The pottery barns will be open during the season Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m. Greenbridge Pottery is at 5159 Greenbridge Road in Dayton.