THERESA “ROSE” (ROUSSEAU) AXON, 95, passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2020, surrounded by her family in Roswell, New Mexico, where she resided in assisted living care. Celebrate Rose’s life by visiting www.andersonbethany.com to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for her family.
No local services will be held. A Memorial Service is planned in Massachusetts in the summer.
On August 1, 1924, Rose was born to Angelina Vermette and Joseph Rousseau in Fall River, Massachusetts, and she was the eighth of twelve children. Rose played softball for the Rehoboth Milkmaids in 1940 to 1941 at the age of 15-16, going to Detroit for the Ladies Softball World Series. She was the last surviving member of the Rehoboth Milkmaids.
Rose married Lloyd B. Axon on July 1, 1950, in Rehoboth, Massachusetts. They lived in Massachusetts all their married life, which include Attleborough, Mansfield, Shelburne Falls, and East Taunton. They had two children: Alan D. and Lynda R. Axon. As an active community leader, Rose started the 4-H sewing youth program for 9-18-year-olds for over ten years. She was a Brownie leader and a softball coach. Her lifelong passion was sewing, having been an expert seamstress for sixty years, and who started out making bras, draperies, clothing, and bridal gowns for family, friends and clients.
Some of Rose’s other favorite hobbies were working plastic canvas projects, all crafts, and building puzzles. She also liked writing long letters and playing cards. Rose loved to cook and bake and was well known for the platters of cookies she gave out at Christmas to family and friends. Her pies were also enjoyed by many! In 1990, Rose survived breast cancer. Her family meant everything to her and she loved to visit them. She was a caretaker for both her parents, and her husband and son during their illnesses.
Those left to eternally treasure and cherish memories of Rose are her daughter, Lynda (Axon) Huggins of Artesia, New Mexico; five grandchildren: Jennifer Axon and Stephanie Podlesney of Massachusetts, Jason Huggins and wife Jessica of Artesia, New Mexico, Jack Huggins and wife Irene of California, and Haley Huggins of Phoenix, Arizona; eight great-grandchildren: Caroline and Tristen Huggins of Artesia, Kara and Conner Huggins of California, Nena Frietag and Alexandra Adams, Leonidas and Aleric Podlesny of Massachusetts; two sisters: Lillian Andrews and Janette Nadeau of Massachusetts; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
PRECEDED: Preceding Rose in death were her husband, Lloyd; son, Alan; parents, Angelina Vermette and Joseph Rousseau; son-in-law, Patrick Huggins; brothers: Armand, Lucien, Albert, Alcid, Arthur and Ernest Rousseau; as well as sisters: Imeld Dias, Ora Glynn, and Anita Leffort Massarotti.