MIDLOTHIAN - Rose E. Pickering, 93, longtime resident of Honolulu, Hawaii, passed away Friday, April 23, in Glen Rose.

No local services were planned. Services will be held in Illinois this summer.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Rose B. Pickering to Mt. Nebo Cemetery Fund, c/o Gerald Jenner, 591 Mount Nebo Ave., Greenville, Ill. 62246-3140.

Born January 21, 1917 in Old Ripley Township, Bond County, Illinois, to Clarence and Myrtle Brewer, she was the second oldest of four children. She attended Greenville College and went on to graduate from the University of Illinois with a major in home economics and to teach school.

During World War II, Pickering worked for the Red Cross, serving in Italian Eritrea, Cairo and Jerusalem, and returning home after surviving two bouts of malaria. After the war was over, she flew to Hawaii and married Gordon L. Pickering on December 14, 1946 in Honolulu.

Pickering taught chemistry at Iolani, a private boys school, from 1947 to 1979. In Hawaii she was active in the DAR, PEO, Methodist Church and the Uluniu Swimming Club while continuing to support the activities of the Red Cross and 4-H. She loved visiting her childhood home on Terrapin Ridge in Greenville, Ill., and returned there frequently during her retirement.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Myrtle Brewer; two sisters, Clarice Mulford and Violet Britt; her brother, C. Jefferson Brewer; and her husband of 62 years, Gordon.

Survivors are a son, Stephen Pickering, and wife, Gwen Sinclair, of Honolulu; daughter, Stephany Conner, and husband, Donnie, of Midlothian; grandsons, Joshua Conner of Midlothian, Caleb and wife, Crystal, and great-grandson Christian Conner of San Angelo.

Published April 28, 2010

Glen Rose Reporter