Ruth Elma Rose, known as Mimi to family, passed away on March 8, 2018, at her home in Atascadero.
Ruth was born to Joseph and Addie Raymond of Wichita, Kan. on Oct. 10, 1926. She was very close to her siblings, Annabel, Gerald, Deward, Eileen, and Dale. Incidentally, the Raymond property sat near another property owned by Charles and Cora Rose, parents to Ruth’s future husband, Charles.
During her 91 years, she and her loving husband experienced so many adventures that it would be difficult to list them all in one place. Their 73-year marriage began when the two 18-year-olds wed just as Charles left to serve as a Navy gunner on a merchant marine ship during WWII. A train delay from boot camp led to a ceremony delay, but thanks to the generosity of their minister, they were married in the middle of the night on Nov. 22, 1944.
Their two children, Ron and Maureen, came along shortly after, and over the years, Ruth and Charles moved where life took them, including Idaho, California, and memorably Washington state. There, they established the Rambling Rose Ranch, where they worked cattle and alfalfa for 30 years, as well as feeding a large stray cat population.
Ruth wore many hats during her life but always focused on home. She loved her family passionately, and her generosity of spirit was a hallmark of her life. She often showed that generosity through music, constantly playing guitar and loudly and beautifully singing folk songs. She would even sometimes sing her side in a conversation, both baffling and amusing her family.
She had many hobbies, all of which she pursued wholeheartedly. An avid gardener, she also enjoyed needlework, woodcarving, pottery, ceramics, and painting. In addition, she and Charles loved dancing, be it clogging, ballroom, or even square dancing, for which she created many meticulously and fantastically styled outfits. However, Ruth was also an amateur historian; over the years, she documented the family’s many events in diary format. It was important to her that the Rose family’s history be remembered and preserved.
Ruth is survived by her husband, Charles; her son, Ron, and his wife, Dianne; and by her daughter, Maureen. She will also be lovingly remembered by her four grandchildren: Jennifer and wife Alicia, Benjamin and wife Ellen, Lindsey and partner Mark, and Summer, all of whom have had a very special relationship with their Mimi. She also will be forever missed by her great-grandchildren: Marcella and husband Justin (with children Jayden and Kyler), Colin, Emilia, Johnny, Louisa, and Milo. The Rose family is so grateful to have had both Mimi and Papa for so many years – in fact, enough years for five generations. Both Ruth and Charles have provided a special and unique foundation of love, work ethic, and devotion to family that will continue to influence us as the years’ pass.
A memorial will be held at the Atascadero United Methodist Church on March 24 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations in Ruth’s name to the AUMC church choir.