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Rose Marie Cardenas

January 28, 1953 - May 11, 2024


On Saturday May 11, 2024, Rose Cardenas, age 71, loving mother to James Cardenas, a PHS graduate Class of 2007 passed away unexpectedly at her home in Germantown.

Miss Rose was loved by thousands of children and their parents during her tenure as the Director of the Bar-T before and after school program at Poolesville Elementary, where she served for more than 15 years. After retiring to Naples, Florida, she returned to the area three years ago to be closer to her beloved son James and his wife Shayna. She continued her passion for Bar-T at Ronald E. McNair Elementary in Germantown, MD.

Known for her generosity, sense of humor, and impeccable style, she had a flair for creating beautiful, fashionable items with her own hands. Her boundless energy and optimism touched everyone around her, leaving many friends and family broken-hearted. Her beautiful smile, vivacious laugh, and physical beauty will be remembered and missed forever.

A private family cremation will be done and a celebration will be held on Tuesday, May 21st, from 3-5pm at Seneca Polo Club, 20760 Whites Ferry Rd, Poolesville. All friends welcome. (Bring a dish if you wish).

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From: Anita

Rose was such a beautiful soul who had the unique gift of bringing joy to everyone who knew her. She never made anyone feel like anything less than family. I will always cherish the memories I have with her... from times at Bar-T to hanging poolside listening to Rod Stewart. Rose you will be missed by so many. I know you are smiling down on your loved ones and dancing amongst the clouds.

From: Jane Brooke

 I know Rose because she has been my sister’s best friend for over 35 years. More than that - she has been another sister for my sister. They spoke constantly- excited or bored, happy or sad - Rose was always there. I think Rose spoke with my sister more than I did, and saw more of her too. It has been a hugely important relationship, and I am deeply grateful to Rose. One summer afternoon we went to Rose’s in Poolesville. She leant back against the gas stove while the kettle boiled for tea - ‘I’m gasping!’ she said. She wore a white cotton sweater, cut and re-sewn to show off a tanned and freckled shoulder. Her copper tone hair was fashionably asymmetrical. She probably had on leggings and flip flops. As she chatted, entertaining us with the latest drama, we saw smoke and flames mixed with the steam from the kettle behind her. ‘Rose!’ we cried out ‘You’re on fire!’ ‘I know!’ She said, flapping her hands and feeling flattered. She thought we were showing our appreciation of her storytelling. ‘No, Really - on fire!’ There was no harm to Rose, and I don’t know if she repaired the sweater, but now I have this powerful image of Rose with wings of fire. Passionate, irrepressible, big hearted, fully engaged: Thank you for being here Rose, I love you.

From: Elana Jobson-Oliver

The Lovely Miss Rose was a dear friend of my mother’s (Lina Shoobridge) and I remember growing up around Rose and James. Childhood memories flooding back thinking of her and my mom. May they rest in paradise. Cheers to you darling and I know you and mom are looking down on us. My condolences to the family. Rose was always full of life and never had a dull moment around her. Xoxox

From: Maggie Muir

Such fun memories of our Rose in the early days in Washington DC. Her smile, sense of fashion (!) and love for life I will always cherish. She was such a bright presence. Love to all her family.

From: Jacqueline Vanhee

There is one very bright star shining down on us, our love for Rose will remain strong. May our hearts find solace in remembering her light, beauty and laughter. Rose was the definition of spreading joy and happiness. We shared wonderful times together, memories that will never fade. Live on in James my sweet friend

From: Valaree Dickerson

 Rose will be missed by so many. She held a special place in all of our hearts. James and Shayna, we love you like our own and will always cherish the love we shared for your Mama.

From: Joanne and Dan Hurwitz

My husband and I, along with Our two grown daughters, fondly recall their early years at “Bar-T after school program.” We are so saddened To learn of Rose’s untimely recent passing, and send our love and thoughts to Rose’s family. Fondly, the Hurwitz family (Dan, Joanne, Brianna, & Rebecca)

From: Patricia Wolper

My friend you will be missed! You had a zest for life was incredible! You always had a kind word to say. Wishing I could hear say Shut Up Rose or You Cheeky Thing one more time! Hope you are dancing and having a glass of wine with my mom. Until we meet again! Miss you!

From: The Hilton Family

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

From: Judi Lester

I hold many beautiful memories of Rose. She truly touched my life in so many ways. I will always hold beautiful memories of Rose in my heart.

From: Melinda and Jim Orum

Rose was such a special woman. We are so sad to hear of her passing. She had so many talents and such style. We loved being her neighbors in Naples. May you rest in peace, My Love!

From: Hayley Hoaglund

The world lost such a beautiful soul! As our neighbor in Naples, Rose was a part of my fondest memories from childhood to adulthood. Whether it was cooking Peruvian food together and bonding over our love for Peru, knitting together and chatting on the lanai over a bottle of wine, giggling as we imitated her British sayings, attempts to dye our hair (which turned out semi-pink) or dancing at the blue martini, we always laughed ourselves silly. To her loving family, she always shared stories of her sisters “across the pond” and constantly spoke of James- you were her entire world! Let her memory be a reminder to keep laughing, sing, dance, don’t take yourself too seriously and enjoy the little things in life, as she always would!

From: Katherine Young

I meet Ms. Rose at bar-t two years ago. She was one of the funniest and nicest people I have ever met. My prayers go out her family, friends, coworkers, her students, and everyone else who had the honor to know Rose.

From: Jane Ruggles

I have nothing but fabulous memories of “our Rose”. She literally lit up any space she was in. Her vivacious and vibrant energy will never be forgotten. Such a glamour puss. Such a kind, thoughtful lady. Thank you dearest Rose, you will be remembered with a warm smile.

From: Liz Palumbo

 No words could express how very sorry I am. She was an incredible woman with a heart of gold. I was honored to spend so much time with her. I have such great memories that I will cherish. May all your beautiful memories bring you peace. Sending love!

From: Debbie Diederichsen

To know Rose was to know joy. She never took herself seriously and could make any situation pure enjoyment. I cherished all the time I had working with Rose and spent visiting her over the past few years. She was like family to me and my family, we will miss her so much. Our deepest sympathy goes to James, Shayna and family.

From: Mishell Dickson

Dear Rose, It was such a pleasure getting to know you this last year at Bar-T. You really made a lasting impact on me and we're always a ray of sunshine. Thank you for bringing so much positivity into my life, you will truly be missed. I love you Rose!

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