Rose (Holliday) Dennis

January 14, 1930 ~ February 16, 2021 (age 91)


Nola “Rose” (Holliday) Dennis, 91

Beloved Mother and Grandmother 

   Lunenburg-Nola “Rose” (Holliday) Dennis, 91, passed away peacefully at home on the morning of Tuesday, February 16 2021, on the 27th anniversary of the death of her husband, Richard Dennis.


   Rose, as she preferred to be called, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, is survived by her two daughters, Karen Kelly of Wasilla, AK and Kathleen Smith and her husband Michael of New Ipswich, NH; three grandsons, Sean Talbot and his wife Heather of Portland, Oregon, Christopher Talbot and his wife Jennifer of Palmer, Alaska, Michael Smith of New Ipswich, New Hampshire and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

   She is predeceased by her husband, Richard Dennis, her parents, four sisters and seven brothers.


   Rose Holliday was born January 14,1930 in Oswego, NY, to Lula Mae Dennis and Norton Holliday. She grew up on a farm in Scriba, New York on Lake Ontario and moved to Montana at age 20, a place she held dear to her heart for the rest of her life. She had a love of traveling and was particularly endeared to the west coast of the United States.  Outside of traveling, Rose enjoyed her gardening, baking, and sewing.


   Her career included being a “professional waitress” working in affluent restaurants serving celebrities.  She retired from Canteen Corporation in 1993 after 10+ years of service.  She volunteered for lunch duty at St. Michael’s Grade School in Hudson, MA during the 1970s and worked in the Acton School District in the cafeteria as a substitute.


   She was kind, gentle and reliable. She thought about others before herself. Family and friends were always priority. She was always first to volunteer to help those in need.  Though she was often quiet and kept her own counsel, Rose had a strong, enduring presence, and spoke her mind when the truth was needed. Rose was a storyteller to whoever would listen.  She often told of her adventures. She was fun-loving, having touched the lives and hearts of many. 


   Rose was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Lunenburg.


   A graveside service will be held in early spring at North Cemetery located in Lunenburg, MA.

   The date will be determined at a later time. Her pallbearers will include Mike Smith, PJ Carroll, Gary Holliday, Richard Caissie, Jammie Cormier, among others.


   In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Wounded Warrior Project in your local community as this was her favorite non-profit helping those who served in the US Armed Forces.


   The Lunenburg Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Homes, 763 Mass Avenue, Lunenburg has been entrusted with Mrs. Dennis’s funeral arrangements.


John F. Masciarelli, James M Hebert, Walter C. Taylor and Olivia L. Willett funeral directors.

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