Wife of Oakland’s First African American City Councilman
Virginia Craft Rose, 98, a long-time civic, cultural and educational leader, passed away in Oakland on Dec. 26.
Rose taught in the Children’s Centers of the Oakland Unified School District for 30 years before retiring in 1974. She was active with the NAACP, the YWCA, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and many other community organizations and projects.
She was the wife of Joshua R. Rose, who in 1964 was appointed as the first African American to serve on the Oakland City Council. He was voted into office in 1965 and served until his retirement in 1977.
She is survived by her son Richard Craft Rose; two daughters, Virginia Rose Niles and Mary Ellen Butler; a niece, Peggy Dammond Preacely; 10 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, grandnieces and nephews and great-grandnieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 525 29th St. in Oakland. In lieu of flowers, send donations in her memory to the church at its mailing address.