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August 6, 2015
Rose is gone. Indomitable, seemingly immortal Rose. Sturdy in body and spirit; kind, generous and understanding; sharp, opinionated and bossy to the end. Practical, resilient, open-minded, curious. A woman you could talk to. Someone who listened and always meant business. Who knew pain and loss early on and stayed strong as the hits kept coming. Of a generation not bred for complaining. She loved her work, her family, her books, her life. And she managed to stay true to the mantra she spouted to all within earshot: Don't die until you die! She was definitely one of my heroes.