Hibernia Purnell Rose Carey, a teacher and nurse who lived in Baltimore more than 40 years before moving to the Eastern Shore, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at Peninsula General Hospital in Salisbury. She was 89 years old.
Born Hibernia Holland Purnell in Berlin, she received her teaching degree from Bowie State College and taught elementary school in Sinepuxent. At the time of her first marriage, she moved to Baltimore, where she worked as a private nurse and raised her four sons.
After the death of her first husband, she remarried and returned to the Eastern Shore. After the death of her second husband, she lived in Snow Hill and coordinated service at a local food pantry.
"She was always helping out -- that was her personality," said son Conal Rose of Baltimore. "She wouldn't boast about it; it was just what she did. That was the real beauty of her."
A memorial service and praise-song will be held at Smith-Williams Funeral Home, 2818 E. Baltimore St., at 10 a.m. tomorrow.
Mrs. Carey is survived by three other sons, Stanley J. Rose Jr. of Rochester, N.Y., Wilton Rose of Salisbury and Charles Rose of Puerto Rico; four nieces; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.