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Rose L. (Woodworth) Ford

January 16, 1936 ~ July 25, 2020 (age 84)

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FORD, Rose - 84, of Watertown passed away peacefully on July 25, 2020.  Rose was born on January 16, 1936 in Cambridge, the youngest of four siblings of Wylie and Mary Woodworth.


She was a proud member of Boston College’s Class of 1957, the second graduating class of women.  Following graduation, she taught kindergarten in Cambridge.


Rose married John Ford on June 4, 1960. The family grew quickly to include their beloved children, Jane and Mark.  In addition to her exceptional devotion as a wife, mother and homemaker, Rose’s professional career included over 20 years of service at Liberty Mutual Insurance.  She was a graduate of the Watertown Police Academy and a longtime parishioner of St. Patrick Church in Watertown. 


Among her many talents, Rose liked to garden, had a special skill for braiding beautiful rugs, and enjoyed ceramics, painting and crafting.  She was an avid sports fan, and true to her native New England, followed the BC Eagles, the Red Sox, Patriots and Bruins.  Rose loved to travel - always excited to visit someplace new.  More recently she enjoyed activities at the Watertown Senior Center and was a member of their Wheelchair Volleyball team.


Rose’s greatest joy was her family and vast circle of friends, with whom she shared special times and created wonderful memories. Each held a treasured place in her heart, She is survived by her daughter Jane and son Mark and her Ford sisters Mary Kaszanek and Patricia McAlevey.  She was blessed with many caring nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grand-nephews; her “other daughters” – Elizabeth Barnes Cassasnovas, Judith M. Marie, Heather Porter, Sandy Roberts and Mary Smith; and her friends and care-givers at The Residence at Watertown Square and the Watertown Senior Center.  Along with her parents and husband John, Rose was predeceased by her brother Ernest Woodworth her sisters Mary Igo, Catherine Wood, brother in-laws Charles Wood, Frank Igo, Joseph Ford, Al Ford, and William Kaszanek nephews Bobby Wood, Kenny Wood, and grand nephew Taylor Habbe.


At her request and in consideration of the health pandemic, Rose’s Funeral Mass and burial will be private.  A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date.  


To honor Rose, please perform an act of kindness in your community. 


Memorial donations may be made to Joslin Diabetes Center One Joslin Place Boston Ma.02215 care of the development office


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Joslin Diabetes Center
1 Joslin Place, Boston MA 02215

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