Rose P. Hirons, 90 years, 7 months and 9 days, of Buffalo Grove and formerly of Mt. Vernon, died 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights.
She was born Thursday, Nov. 30, 1922, in Mt. Vernon, the daughter of Gilbert and Lucy (Usselton) Page. She married Malcolm Hirons on May 5, 1947, in Piggott, Ark., and he preceded her in death on Oct. 19, 2010.
Rose ran a sawmill in West Frankfort and worked at Mammoth Department Store in Mt. Vernon before opening Rose’s Garden of Style, ladies’ ready to wear downtown on the square in Mt. Vernon. She was Cub Scout den mother, president of the Business & Professional Women, president of Summersville PTA, president of Jefferson County Republican Women and was a charter member of the Sweet Corn & Watermelon Festival. She was a recipient of the Lambert-Steffens Award through the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Jefferson County Crime Stoppers and the Red Hat Society, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 233 of Mt. Vernon, the Auxiliary to Turner Roehm AMVETS Post 4 of Mt. Vernon, a board member of the Christian Counseling and Family Services Center, a member of the Lois Morse Guild and a member of Central Christian Church.
She is survived by four children, James Hirons and wife Karen of Marion, Iowa, son-in-law, Neil “Rusty” Thompson of Herrin, Debra Mescher and husband Steve of Princeton, Ind., Jill Lang and husband Robert of Hawthorn Woods and Bonnie Jones and husband Tony of Panama City, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Stacy Baker and husband Dan of West Bloomfield, Mich., Michael Hirons and wife Leslie of Johnston, Iowa, Tom Hirons of Dike, Iowa, Alyson Nixon and husband Scott of Mahomet, Katie Bergthold and husband Derek of Siloam Springs, Ark., Christine Mescher of Tulsa, Okla. and Jennifer Lang of Hawthorn Woods; great-granddaughters, Rebekah and Joanna Baker of West Bloomfield, Mich. and Annabel Hirons of Johnston, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.