Rose McCuistian

March 4, 1912 – July 30, 2007

Rose “Zelma” Hoskins McCuistian, 95, of Sweet Home died July 30, 2007 at her home at Wiley Creek.

She was born March 4, 1912, at home in Witter, Ark., the third of five children born to Rachel Florence Bollinger Hoskins and Farris Henry Hoskins.

She attended school through the eighth grade. She married John Long McCuistian Sept. 30, 1932, in Fayetteville, Ark. They moved where Mr. McCuistian could find work. During the next 16 years they lived in Witter, Ark.; Collinsville, Okla. and Gentry, Ark.

During World War II the family moved to Claremore, Okla., where Mrs. McCuistian worked as a riveter for Douglas Aircraft and was eventually trained as a welder. With her first name of Rose, she was often teased as “The” Rosie the Riveter, a popular icon during World War II.

In 1948, the family moved to Sweet Home. Mrs. McCuistian worked as a cook at the Wanigan Cafe, Foster Cafe and Foster School cafeteria. She also spent hours as a devoted grandmother taking care of her grandchildren.

She was known for her immense weed-free vegetable garden. When the vegetables were ready for picking, she then spent hours canning for her family. She also picked blackberries, strawberries and cherries to make cobblers, pies, jams and jellies.

She crocheted slippers, scarves and hats. Her hand-pieced and hand-quilted quilts are prized possessions. Five years ago, she presented each of her grandchildren with one of her quilts. She sewed and mended clothes, could be counted on to replace a button, made Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls and stuffed animals.

She was an independent woman who impressed everyone with her determination and kind heart. The staff at Wiley Creek cared for her and loved her deeply. Her family surrounded her with love.

Survivors include daughters, Jo Ella Lutton and son-in-law John Lutton of Lebanon, Wanda Vinson of Eugene and Johnny Ruth Kyriss and son-in-law Ken Kyriss of Albany; sons, Marion McCuistian and daughter-in-law Rosemary McCuistian of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, and Michael McCuistian of Eugene; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lois Hoskins of Tulsa, Okla.

Mrs. McCuistian was preceded in death by her husband, John; daughter, Vera Gabriel; grandson, Ian McCuistian; and sons-in-law Keith Gabriel and Bob Vinson.

A memorial service was held Aug. 6 at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel, with interment at Gilliland Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sweet Home Alumni Scholarship Program, PO Box 83, Sweet Home, Oregon 97386

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.