August 7, 2009
Local woman named Mother of the Year

GOFFSTOWN - Linda Jeanne Larsen Rose of Goffstown received the 2009 Mother of the Year honor for the state of New Hampshire, presented to her at the Governor’s Chambers Reception Hall by Gov. John Lynch on June 10.

Rose received the honor through the New Hampshire Chapter of American Mothers Inc., whose purpose is to “work as a dedicated force to strengthen the moral and spiritual foundations of the family and the home.”

According to the New Hampshire Chapter of American Mothers Inc. nominees for this award are sought yearly on the state level with recommendations coming from the mother’s outside contacts such as church groups, choral groups, PTA organizations, local businesses, etc. Nominees are well-respected, devoted mothers who interact in a positive manner on a family, spiritual, community and civic basis.

Rose was nominated by the Traditional Family Institute of New Hampshire.

Rose, 56, was born in 1953 in Boise, Idaho. In her parents’ home, she absorbed the life skills of learning and working together as a family. While attending college, she met and married her husband of 35 years, Kenneth Rose, and together with their family slowly made their way east living in Utah, Arizona, 

Pennsylvania, Iowa, Texas and finally settling in New Hampshire.

“I wish to build the hopes of mothers to be the best they can be,” said Rose, “and help mothers to have a better understanding of who they are by knowing where they came from by learning about their ancestors because when you know who you are and where you came from, you can help and teach others.” 
Rose’s motto is “a rose should bloom where it is planted.” In her speech given at the governor’s reception, Rose discussed how her home is a garden and how she has reaped what she has sown.

Rose mentioned her children in the speech stating, “We sowed our little starts with love. As they sprouted, we nourished them patiently with wholesome food, inspiring books, spiritual songs and an equal balance of work and play.”

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Rose said in her speech how the gospel of Jesus Christ helps “protect her plot and provide a source of light for growth and guidance” in her life.

Rose has been called den leader, violinist, cook, gardener, flower designer and special education paraeducator; however, she prefers her paramount title: mother.

Rose is mother to nine children, ranging from age 34 to 21, with 13 grandchildren.



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