Rose M. Wallace, 80

Rose Marie (Reichlin) Wallace, 80 of Craigmont, left the earthly bonds of this world behind in much the same way she lived every day on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, with confidence in God’s plan and a little smile for the people who loved her. She was born in Keuterville, Idaho at home on November 10, 1940, to Frank and Agnes Reichlin. She spent her first years on the family farm in Keuterville as the sixth child of the Reichlin brood with her three brothers and six sisters. Her father passed away when Rose was 9.

During her high school years, she and sisters Ann and Angie lived in Cottonwood and worked at various jobs to ease the burden on the family. Rose started in the kitchen at the hospital and later became a nurse’s aide. She graduated from high school in the spring of 1958.

She married Laurence ‘Lou’ Wallace August 28, 1958 at the age of 17 and continued to work for the hospital for a short time after they were married. In September of 1959, Rose and Lou welcomed the first of their five children. Shawna Ann was followed by Charles Lee, Rodney Norman, Francine Marie and Vicki Lou. For several years, Rose babysat the children of Craigmont. She worked in the Craigmont drug store and then went to work at the Highland School in the cafeteria and later as a custodian. She retired from there in 2007. As her five children were growing up Rose was the unofficial employment agency for Craigmont dispatching her children to lawn mowing, babysitting, house cleaning, rock picking, truck driving and anything else the callers inquired about needing help with. She and Lou raised their five children in Craigmont and built their home as a labor of love, paycheck by paycheck. They celebrated 60 years of marriage in 2018. Upon her retirement they moved out to the Wallace ranch in the Morrowtown area.

Rose was an amazing cook and has been creating delicious meals out of nothing since her early married life. Most notable among those family favorite dishes were mashed potatoes and gravy and her immediate and extended family delighted over her homemade rolls. She was an excellent seamstress and had a lot of practice making her kids clothes and quilting as the kids grew. She enjoyed playing pinochle and tending her vegetable garden, canning and freezing her bounty. Rose spent her time at the ranch with her chickens, Jerry the duck, and her cats. She entertained her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren whenever possible. She will be remembered by many for her strength and resilience, generous heart and loving demeanor. She was the rock. She was the glue. She was the heart we all knew would be there for anyone who needed it.

During the 1970’s Rose and Lou were volunteers of the Craigmont quick response unit and during their early retirement years were members of the Craigmont Historical Society and tended cemeteries on the Camas Prairie. Rose was a long-standing member of the Craigmont Legion Auxiliary.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lou, brothers Ambrose and David Reichlin, sisters Ann Grant, Sister Agnes Reichlin and Hildie Miller, brothers in law Cliff Miller, Marion McPeak, Bill Hill, Hank Wallace, Rick Wallace and Carl Wallace.

Surviving Rose are her children Shawna (Steve) Jones, Lee (Christy) Wallace, Tyke (Sandy) Wallace, Frankie (Ty) Paffile, and Vicki Groover, eleven grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren, brother Francis Reichlin, sisters Angeline (Clarence) Fuchs, Theresa (David) Shears and Kathleen (Jim) Steinke, sisters in law Alice Wallace, Mary McPeak and Alma Hill.

Cremation has taken place and a celebration of this great life will happen at a later time. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences to the family to

Condolences to the family of Rose M. Wallace, 80

  • Sandy Lawrence says:

    Shawna, Lee, Tyke, Frankie, and Vicki, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. What a wonderful woman. Not only was she the employment agency for Craigmont, she was the local restaurant when there was a basketball game. I probably ate enough hamburgers, cooked by Shawna at your house, that I should have bought you a cow. May the many special memories of your mom comfort you at this difficult time.
    Sandra (Stellyes) Lawrence

  • Chris (Haney) Hempel says:

    I an so sorry to hear of your moms passing. She was such a special lady that always made you feel like a member of the family. Hugs to all of you. She will be deeply missed. At least now her and Lou can be together again.

  • Jane (Janie Tatko) Schwartz says:

    Frankie, Shawna, Lee, Tyke and Vicki, I am so sad to hear of the loss of your mom. What a wonderful person! She always had a smile on her face, a twinkle in her eye and a welcome for everyone. I remember the year she was the Blue Bird leader for our group – endless patience! Throughout the years as we grew up, I was always happy to see her…she exuded light and love. You were all blessed to have her as a mother. I wish you all Peace.

  • Sandy (Tatko) Gorman says:

    Lee, Shawna, Frankie, Tyke and Vicki, I was so sad to hear of your moms passing. She was such a lovely person…always smiling and a little feisty! Hoping your many memories will lessen your grief.

  • Camille Shears says:

    I was extremely sad to hear of Rose’s passing. She & Lew we’re longtime friends & neighbors to the Carl & Edna Shears Family. She always had a smile & raised the best garden in Craigmont. What a great lady. Camille Shears

  • Shelley Thomason Kuther says:

    I’m so sorry about Rose’s passing. We worked together many hours at the historical society and with the Auxiliary. That woman could wash dishes and clean the hall faster than most of the younger members. I learned a lot about the the Legion Hall and about the Auxiliary from her! When I first got my own photocopy machine, we just stored it at her house while she copied thousands of obituaries for the historical society. I don’t remember how long it took her, but she hung in there and now we have a wonderful collection. She will be missed.

  • Debbie Stellyes says:

    To all of Rose’s children. So sorry to read about the loss of your wonderful mom.

  • Dave Nightingale says:

    So sorry for your loss-The Wallace family is a great family, that comes from Great Parents, that you were so Lucky to have had.

  • Tom Roberts says:

    It is difficult to put into words how devastating it is to hear of Rose’s passing. Rose is, and will always be, one of the greatest people I’ve ever known. So kind, caring and simply a joy to be around. Lou and Rose always treated me like one of their own and I will never forget that! To this day, hamburger patties and macaroni are still one of my favorite meals!
    Shawna, Lee, Rod, Frank, and Vicki, I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Tracy and Dennis Behler says:

    So sorry for your loss, Rose will be missed by many!
    Raiding her refrigerator for potatoes, hanging out, and still not sure what happened to the chair. Those are great memories with a great family that Rose was so proud of.
    We are thinking of you all.

  • Frankie Paffile says:

    Can you contact me at your convenience I have a question about morrowtown cemetary. Thank you.

  • Steve Riggers says:

    So very sad to hear of the passing of Rose. Over the years I would occasionally bump into Rose, and every time I truly enjoyed her. She would ask me how my family was doing and then would tell me a little bit about hers. She and Lew raised a great family together. What an unassuming, sincere and gracious human being. I wish I would have spent a few more precious minutes visiting with her over the years , because I always had a little more bounce in my step after seeing her. She was a hard worker and took care of the school like it was hers. My heart goes out to all of the family, I know there has to be a barrel full of good memories that will keep you all smiling in the days ahead.

    God Bless

    Steve Riggers

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