Rose McGaha never met a stranger, her daughter Ola Jones said.
“Mom was willing to help anyone,” Jones said. “She fostered several children through some troubled times.”
McGaha, 88, of Merrillville, formerly of Section, Alabama, died May 1, 2014. She was passionate about her family, often “giving until it hurt,” Jones said.
“Garage sales were also a passion – Thursday, Friday and Saturday almost every week during the summer,” Jones said.
Among her other many hobbies were crafts, quilting, fishing, gardening and picking and canning vegetables.
“She was always a very busy lady and made sure those around her were busy, too,” Jones said. "Mom was a tough, tough game player at marbles, a homemade board game. We played every night.”
Jones has many fond memories of her mother.
“In the very early days when I was about six years old, she would meet me at the school bus after school with a sack lunch and our fishing poles,” Jones said. “We would fish until dark. In her last year or so, I would take her a strawberry milkshake just about every day to her home at Chicagoland Christian Village. I took the entire journey with her, until the end.”
McGaha was married to her loving and devoted husband, Bill, for almost 60 years, Jones said.
“Mom was a God-loving, devoted wife and a loving and proud mother, grandmother, and great grandmother,” Jones said. “She taught me honesty, respect and the value of a dollar. She will live on with those she loved and those who love her still.”