Rose McKay, 90, of Missoula, Montana, passed away Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 at St. Patrick Hospital of natural causes.
Rose was born Feb. 21, 1924 in Watsonville, California to Crispulo and Felicitas Hidalgo, immigrants from Spain. She spent her early life in Watsonville before moving to Richmond, California, where she met the love of her life, Jim McKay, in 1943. They were married in Reno, Nevada on a 72-hour leave while he served in the Navy during World War II. Rose and Jim celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary May 12, 2014. They lived in the Bay Area of California for many years before moving to Susanville, California in 1974. In 2005 they moved to Montana to be closer to family.
In California, Rose was active for many years in White Shrine, Soroptimist Club, Monticola Club, Good Sam Club and various other clubs and organizations. In Missoula, Rose enjoyed Mall Walkers and attending her grandchildren’s games and events.
Rose loved babies, animals and flowers, and was an avid collector of pigs and all things Christmas. Most of all she loved her family, for whom she would do anything and who, in turn, would do anything for her. Rose was very thoughtful and always kind. She was a generous soul who loved unconditionally and was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Her passing leaves a void in our hearts that may heal with time but will always be felt.
Her sister, Doris Rider and brother, Jack Hidalgo preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband, Jim, of Missoula; daughter, Phyllis Jones, of California; son, Jim (Trish) McKay, of Missoula; sisters, Betty Burton and Marie Ditora, of California; brother, Ignacio Hidalgo, of California: grandchildren, Heather (Mitch) Bakich, of California, and Tom, Morgan and Ian McKay, of Missoula; great-grandchildren, Mia and Natalie Bakich; and many cousins, nephews and nieces.
There will be a private graveside service Friday, Jan. 16. Celebrations of her life will be held this spring in California and this summer in Missoula.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to: Humane Society of Western Montana, 5930 Highway 93 South, Missoula, MT 59804.
Condolences and memories may be left for the family at missoulafuneralhomes.com.
Garden City Funeral Home is assisting the family.