obit: Rose Marie Myers Frey - mom Tobias
HOUSTON — Rose Marie Frey, 79, of Houston, died peacefully June 26, 2012 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s.
Rose Marie was born to Claude Myers and Millie Tobias on October 7, 1932. The oldest of three children, Rose Marie (Rosie) was born and raised on Galveston Island (BOI) where she attended St. Patrick Catholic School and Ursuline Academy. Rose Marie was bright, talented, personable and a beauty. She was proud of her straight A’s at Ursuline and had a lovely singing voice. Music was a special part of Rose Marie’s life and as a teen she sang at weddings and even performed at Galveston’s famous Balinese Room. After graduating from Ursuline, Rose Marie trained at St. Mary’s Infirmary to become an X-Ray Technician. Rose Marie’s many childhood memories which comforted her during her Alzheimer’s journey included; exploring Galveston island, evenings on the front porch, beach parties, the Ursuline Sisters, dancing to Big Band sounds, visiting her extended Czech family and socializing with dear friends.
In 1953, Rose Marie married her high school sweetheart, Louis Frey, and they began their life together in Houston. While Louis finished his degree, Rose Marie worked for a prominent doctor until she retired to be a stay-at-home mom. In 1961, Rose Marie and Louis bought a home on Bonnie Brae Street where they moved their growing family. This home was the family gathering place for more than 50 years and still is today. With the move, Rose Marie and Louis joined St. Anne Catholic Church. Rose Marie’s faith was quietly strong and integral in her daily life. She was an active member of St. Anne Church for some 50 years and served as a lector, sang in the choir, volunteered at the school, was a member of The Guild, served as Parish Life Committee Chair and was a founder of the folk mass. Through St. Anne and Bonnie Brae neighbors, Rose Marie and Louis forged close friendships that flourished for half a century.
Above all, Rose Marie served her family, friends and faith. She cared for, nurtured and fed those she loved, and gave of herself to anyone in need. Rose Marie was an amazing cook and gracious hostess. She later parlayed her talent and love of cooking into a successful catering business. Rose Marie even catered several of her children’s wedding receptions with her recipes featured and praised in the Houston Chronicle.
Louis’ career included oversees travel for almost 20 years and Rose Marie regularly joined him. Together they experienced cultures of the world including the Middle East, Europe and Egypt.
Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2006, Rose Marie employed her courage, intellect and resourcefulness to compensate for her decline. She gave Alzheimer’s a valiant fight and remained at home on Bonnie Brae as long as possible. In August 2010, Rose Marie became a resident at St. Dominic Village Assisted Living and in February 2011 moved to Barton House in Sugar Land where she resided until her death.
Rose Marie was welcomed into Heaven by her youngest son, Roger Frey, her parents and brother, Frank Myers.
Rose Marie is survived by her husband of 59 years, Louis Frey; her children and their spouses; Claude Frey (Liz); Marcel Frey (Kathleen); Ann Brady (Andrew); Martin Frey (Karen); Marina Breeland (Pat); and Angela Cochran (Joe); her 17 grandchildren who lovingly call her “Ami”; her brother Clarence Myers (Shirley) plus extended family and friends.
Thinking of others even unto death, Rose Marie bequeathed her body for the advancement of science. A Memorial Mass celebrating Rose Marie’s life will be held Saturday, August 4, 2012, 1:00pm at St. Anne Catholic Church, 2140 Westheimer, Houston, with reception following in the Parish Center. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Alzheimer’s Association, 2242 W. Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX, 77030, www.alztex.org; or Ursuline Sisters, 353 So. Sappington Rd., St. Louis, MO 63122.
Published June 28, 2012 Galveston Daily News