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Ruth Rosow
  • September 28, 1929
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  • February 08, 2021

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Ruth Carp Rosow, age 91 1/2 (better known as Ruthie, Ma, and Nana) passed away peacefully in her home on February 8, 2021, in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
Her memory will carry on with her daughter and son-in law, Paula (Ray) McCartha of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, 6 grandchildren; William (Alexandra), Duncan, Joseph, Abbey Ruth, Elliott, & Dakota, 3 great grandchildren, Berke, Isla Ray, Gwen Mar, 2 Nieces, Heidi Shapiro, Terri Schwartz, Nephews, Rick (Lauren) Schwartz and Randy Schwartz plus many close friends, and former students. Greeting her in heaven were her husband, Elliott Rosow, her parents, Etta Hodes and Joseph Carp, her brother, Lt. Paul Carp, and sister, Clare Schwartz.
Ruthie was born on September 28, 1929, in Brooklyn, New York. She moved to Miami, Florida when she was 11 years old. After working and studying abroad in Heidelberg and Zürich, she graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Accounting/Foreign Trade. Ruthie was recruited on campus by the C.I.A. and served as a cryptographer and translator at the American Embassy in Mexico City. Upon returning to Miami, while selling accounts receivable ledger systems to a wholesale pharmacy in Miami, she met Elliott Rosow (b.1927-d.1984), the love of her life. They settled in Coral Gables and co-owned a computerized retail/mail-order prescription pharmacy, Broadmoor Pharmacy in North Miami for many years. When Elliott passed away, she returned to her “first love”; teaching, becoming the ESOL department chair at Miami Edison Sr High School. She often referred to teaching as the most rewarding career she ever had. She also received her Master’s degree in Education at Florida International University. When she retired from teaching in 1996, she followed her daughter to Central Florida. She remained a die-hard Miami Hurricane football fan and rarely missed a game. Ruthie never met a stranger; she would (and could) carry on a conversation about anything… always listening with her whole heart and most probably speaking a lot of her pride & joy; her grandchildren.
Ruthie had so many charitable organizations that she volunteered with and contributed to. She was still an active member/volunteer at St. Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church and worried in her final days that she hadn’t made her weekly phone calls to confirm the lay readers and altar servers. She dearly loved the time spent with The Halifax Council of the Blind and all the friends she met there. Her Brother Lt. JG, Paul Ivan Carp was killed in WWII off the Coast of Morocco, at 24 years old, which is why she was a huge supporter of The Kaelee Morrell Foundation. Kaelee was killed in a car accident enroute to her home in New Smyrna Beach in 2017, she was only 21.
Celebration of a Life Well Lived will take place at the Brannon Center on March 6, 2021, service beginning at 11am, Fr. Jim Spencer officiating, Luncheon to follow. rsvp http://evite.me/feJnrZNeEY

Per her wish, she will be cremated and is in the care of Baldwin Brothers, New Smyrna Beach, as she explained “You know how I hate to take up space”.

In lieu of flowers, kindly contribute in her memory to one of her favorite organizations:
St. Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church, 4220 Saxon Drive, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169, 386-428-7383
Halifax Council for the Blind, halifaxcouncil@gmail.com, 386-212-9496
The Kaelee Morrell Foundation, Kaelee’s Kitty Korner at the NSB Humane Society. Facebook: @kaeleesfoundation www.kaeleesfoundation.org


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  1. 25 Feb 2021
    Rick Martin says:
    I had only known Ruthie for a couple of years since joining St. Peters. I met her at the soup kitchen but our 'relationship' began in earnest when I became a reader and usher. While service Christ, the church and our parish is a blessing, perhaps the most fun and uplifting was the weekly reminder call from Ruthie. It was always an amazing few minutes of conversation and I will treasure those moments forever.

  2. 23 Feb 2021
    Becky Gilbert says:
    Ruthie always made everyone around her feel so special. I'll always remember her beautiful smile. We had a lot of fun times and great memories. She will always be in our hearts.

  3. 22 Feb 2021
    Paula & Ray McCartha lit a candle:
    Lit since February 22, 2021 at 2:41:38 AM

  4. 21 Feb 2021
    Jane Rix Owen says:
    For she who sought light and heart in ordinary encounters in life, passing it forward

  5. 21 Feb 2021
    Jane Rix Owen lit a candle:
    Lit since February 21, 2021 at 2:05:23 PM

  6. 21 Feb 2021
    Carroll Jaycox says:
    Ruth was one of the first WONDERFUL people I met when I came to St. Peters MANY years ago. We loved out chats. She wasw always UP and a delight to be with. She will surely be missed.

  7. 19 Feb 2021
    Paula McCartha says:
    Ma -We carry you in our hearts every day. Especially your grandchildren...Joseph, who is named after your Dad; Elliott, who is named after your husband, my Dad; Dakota Paula, named after your daughter, me...Paula who was named after your brother, Lt. Paul; and Abbey Ruth, named after you. What a legacy you have left to carry on. Like our song says, "...And when one of us is gone and one of us is left to carry on, Then remembering will have to do, Our memories alone will get us through. Think about the days of me and you...And me against the world.

  8. 16 Feb 2021
    Ronni Schoemann says:
    I will always think of Ruth with appreciation for the wonderful, honorable and fun person she was!

  9. 15 Feb 2021
    Sylvia Cavanaugh says:
    When I first met “My Ruthie” at a Red Hat Lunch there was a special bond (we both have a daughter Paula/September B/D & that special feeling of Love). She will always be in my thoughts and Prayers with Love for all her Family.

  10. 15 Feb 2021
    Audrey Luck says:
    We shared September birthdays and celebrations together fir many years. You were always very interesting to talk to. As a Red Hat Boa Belles & Dixie Darling Sister, I surely will miss you. God now has you in his care with Angels all around.
    Audrey Luck

  11. 15 Feb 2021
    Judy Cotter lit a candle:
    Lit since February 15, 2021 at 2:30:19 PM

  12. 15 Feb 2021
    Judy Cotter says:
    I always enjoyed your Moms. Company at Red Hat functions, she was a wonderful friend .

  13. 15 Feb 2021
    Fabiola Dolcine says:
    You were a teacher like no other: understanding, compassionate, caring. You strived to teach the unteachable; and made sure your method was understood. You will be forever remembered, your legacy lives on.

  14. 15 Feb 2021
    Juanito posted an image:
    Juanito kissing mom
    Juanito kissing mom

  15. 15 Feb 2021
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    Mom and Juanito
    Mom and Juanito

  16. 15 Feb 2021
    Juanito says:
    I thank God every day for putting you in my life. I don't know where I would be today if I had not met you. I miss you and I will always love you.

  17. 15 Feb 2021
    JoAnne Cross says:
    You gave me so many wonderful memories. Thank you, Ruthie.

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