Rose Damore was a caring mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Rose passed away peacefully on Dec. 27, 2021 at the age of 98.
She was born in Campo Di Giove, Italy to Margarita and Nicolas Porecco on Feb. 7, 1923. She was the third oldest of seven children: Grace, Tony, Rose, Margaret, Dora, Yolanda and Robert.
At the age of three Rose moved from Italy to Pennsylvania with her mother and two siblings Grace and Tony. In Pennsylvania, Rose’s parents had four more children.
During Rose’s childhood, her father Nicolas died of colon cancer, leaving Margarita a single mother of seven during the Great Depression. This hardship led to Rose and her siblings working long hours in factories during their adolescence to help make ends meet. This experience instilled a strong work ethic that would stick with Rose throughout her life.
After graduating from high school, Rose chased her dreams and moved to Los Angeles, Calif., where she met her first husband and father of her children, Louis Damore. Together they had Merinda and Larry.
During her time in Los Angeles, Rose became a cosmetologist and owned her own beauty salon in Hollywood. She had a natural talent for enhancing her family, friends, and clients to look more attractive by coloring, cutting and styling their hair. She loved the before-and-after. Rose’s other great passion in life was dancing.
Rose made her way up north with her second husband, Al Farmer, who she was married to for over 18 years. Al and Rose lived in Southern Oregon, where they owned and operated their own hotel on the Rogue River.
Rose then lived in Springfield to be close to her brothers and sisters off and on for the last 50 years of her life.
At the age of 85 Rose moved to an assisted living home, The Bayberry Commons in Eugene, for 13 years. Her brother Robert visited regularly and made her laugh.
Rose is survived by her brother Robert Porecco, daughter Merinda Richards, and son Larry Damore. She has six grandchildren, Eric Richards, Ryan Richards, Wesley Damore, Audrey Agee, Brenlyn Motlagh, and Taryn Damore and four great-grandchildren Alora Richards, Jaxon and Alivia Agee and Evie Damore.
Rose was beautiful and blessed to live a long life; she will be missed. She was a woman of strength, intelligence, honesty and resilience. She is dancing in heaven.
A funeral service was held at Major Family Funeral Home.