Rose P. Whiteside

d. November 23, 2005

PALM HARBOR, FL - Rose P. White, 73, of Palm Harbor, Fla. died at home Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2005. Rose spent her whole life doing what she loved, helping others. She touched the lives of many people all over the world. In her scrapbook, you see her brightest smiles when she was helping at an inner city school in D.C. or with disabled adults in Alabama. In recent years, she helped to "get in the way" of violence in Colombia and in Baghdad with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT). Even after discovering she had cancer, she continued working against violence with CPT on the Mexican-U.S. border. In a world of body armor and guns, she went about the work of peace armed with only the cross around her neck. A greater example of bravery and conviction can not be found. Rose was born in Bradford, ME and came to Tampa, Fla. in 1995, after living in several other locations, including Massachusetts, Ohio, District of Colombia and Maine. She graduated from University of D.C. and University of New England. She loved children; she dedicated her life to adopted and foster children. After 18 years as a full-time mother and homemaker, she worked for 23 years as a Registered Nurse in Maine and in Florida. She served in the U.S Peace Corps in Jamaica, from 1991 to 1994. She is a member of Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa and of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT). Survivors include her husband, Haven Whiteside; sons, Matthew Whiteside of Maine and Jonathan Whiteside of Ontario, Canada; and daughters, Joanna Pompa of Ohio and Kathy Perry of Florida; and foster daughter, Susan Sleeper of Maine; seven grandchildren, sisters, Elsie Catell, Marjorie Niles, Lois Knapp and Lorraine Higgins, all of Maine and Marilyn Bommer of Massachusetts; and brothers, Paul Pray and Adrian Pray, both of Maine. The funeral was held 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 28, at Hyde Park United Methodist Church, 500 West Platt St., Tampa, Fla., with family visitation beforehand and light refreshments afterwards. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Christian Peacemaker Teams, P.O. Box 6508, Chicago, IL 60680 or the Centre for Women, Tampa, Fla

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