Rose McNelly, 89, homemaker

December 10, 2003

Rose McNelly, a homemaker and longtime Anne Arundel County resident, died of pneumonia Dec. 3 at Skyway Manor assisted living in Cape St. Claire. The Severna Park resident was 89.

Of Portuguese descent, she was born Rose Gonsalves in Hilo, Hawaii, and raised in Wahiawa on the island of Oahu.

Married to a U.S. Army officer in Hawaii, she was evacuated shortly after the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor while her husband remained on duty. She sailed to the West Coast in a convoy with her two daughters, and then rode across the nation to Maine by rail - seeing snow for the first time.

Mrs. McNelly moved to Anne Arundel County in 1962 with her husband, Army Maj. Bertram Joseph "Mac" McNelly, who was stationed at Fort Meade. They had been married for more than 40 years when he died in 1983.

Mrs. McNelly enjoyed preparing Portuguese dishes.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. today at Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church, 1601 W. Mount Harmony Lane in Owings.

She is survived by her two daughters, Carol Louise Bridges of Little Rock, Ark., and Barbara Jean Cooper of Portland, Maine; a son, Michael J. McNelly of Dunkirk, a member of the Anne Arundel school board; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.

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