Rose Mary Hendrix, 78, was born May 3, 1942, in Rochester, Pa., the oldest of three children of John and Dorothy Maruskin. She died at home in South Bethany Friday, May 15, 2020.
She leaves behind husband Gene Hendrix; Joan M. Maruskin (sister), and John Maruskin (brother). Rose is also survived by cousins, nephews, nieces, and an extended family of many best friends.
Rose loved teaching and retired from Sparks Elementary School in Baltimore County in 1989, and moved to South Bethany. There she dedicated her life to working for peace. She made everyone feel welcome and important; defended the most vulnerable; accepted others with opposing viewpoints; and chose to speak on behalf of those who had quiet voices not heard by those in power. She encouraged dialogue through her Friday Morning Women’s Coffee and Socrates Café gatherings.
Rose actively lived to change the world in small ways, one person at a time, and in large ways with active volunteering. She gave her time to the annual Crop Walk for Hunger, Thresholds, The Way Home, The American Association of University Women, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Delaware Human Rights Commission, Habitat for Humanity, Southern Delaware Alliance for Social Justice, Shore Democrats, Southeast Sussex Ministerium and Bethany Beach Christian Church.
Rose was a truly peace-loving person with a gift for hospitality. Rose and Gene began each year by opening their home for a Serbian Christmas celebration to celebrate her Serbian heritage. In September they hosted an annual Peace Party to share peace with the community as a step to fulfilling her prayer, “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” It is hoped that community gatherings will be possible by Sept. 12; if so, their 2020 annual Peace Party will also be a Memorial Celebration of Rose’s life. Bethany Beach Christian Church will remember her as part of their May 24 service on YouTube. Rose Mary was a true friend, who loved us, left footprints on all our hearts, and brought light into our lives and the world.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested for Thresholds (Georgetown), The Way Home (Georgetown) or Community Lutheran Food Bank (Frankford).
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