Sister Rose Ashour, age 101, died February 15, 2018, at Chapel Ridge Health and Rehab in Fort Smith, AR.
The family of John Ashour and Catherine Bauer Ashour welcomed their daughter, Rose Mary, into their family April 17, 1916, in Morrison Bluff, AR. Upon being received at St. Scholastica Convent on June 24, 1933, she took the name Sister Mary Alcuin. Sister Rose served in Arkansas at Sacred Heart School in Charleston, St. Anthony’s School in Ratcliff, St. Boniface School in Bigelow, St. Scholastica School in Shoal Creek, St. John the Baptist School in Brinkley, and St. Ignatius School in Scranton; and in Missouri at Immaculate Conception School in Moberly, St. Michael School in Kansas City, and St. Joseph School in Pilot Grove; and in Oklahoma at St. Joseph School in Ada. In 1969, she became a charter member of the new foundation of Our Lady of Peace Monastery in Columbia, MO. Sr. Rose served as sub-prioress at Our Lady of Peace from 1976 to 1980. Following that role she served in parish ministry in Memphis, MO. She earned her Bachelor Degree in Secondary Education at Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, KS, a Masters in Secondary Education: Elementary Administration at St. Mary’s College in Xavier, KS, with additional education in canon law and moral theology at St. Scholastica College in Duluth, MN, and University of Dallas. Upon moving back to St. Scholastica Monastery, Fort Smith, Arkansas, in 2010 she resided in the monastery infirmary and later at Chapel Ridge Health and Rehab.
Sister Rose is survived by 192 beloved nieces and nephews and great-nieces and –nephews.
Preceding her in death are her parents and brothers and sisters, Agnes Kennedy, Gertrude Schneider, Martin Ashour, Sr. Kathleen Ashour, OSB, Mary Ann Flusche, Dorothy Jackson, Barbara Chrisman, and Paul Ashour. Pallbearers will be Nick Kennedy, Pat Kennedy, Titus Ashour, Tommy Ashour, Nicky McGarrey, William Schneider, Kenny Schneider, Jerome Flusche, and John Flusche. Honorary pallbearers are Dan Ashour and Gary Chrisman.
Vespers for the Dead were February 23, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. in the Monastery Chapel. The funeral Mass was February 24, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. with Father Les Farley as presider. Burial was in the monastery cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to St. Scholastica Continuing Care Fund, P.O. Box 3489, Fort Smith, AR 72913.
A Poem Composed by Sister Rose Ashour
God is Here
I heard it in the wind
He spoke to me in sunshine and in rain.
Flowers,birds and squirrels echoed his "Yes I am here."
All these spoke of Beauty.
Then down the pathway
Where I stood.
I saw a boy, a girl, a man, a woman,
His face was there--in theirs, the image of God.
This time I heard no voice,
But faith told me,
"Often you hear him
But seldom see."
So listen and look He's so near.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Scholastica Continuing Care Fund, P. O. Box 3489, Fort Smith, AR 72913