Dear friends

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Rose passed away at 2am January 10th 2017. She had been fighting advanced breast cancer that had spread to her bones and lungs. The last few weeks were spent in great pain. Her palliative care team put her into a semi-coma some days ago to block out the pain She died peacefully with me at her side.

Rose greatly enjoyed interacting with her blog friends and the “family” at Down to Earth Forum.

Please remember her fondly and continue to be inspired by her words.

I am not sure exactly how blogs work but I will try to keep it open for a few months then shut the blog down.

Good Bye from Rose.


Tony (her husband)

17 thoughts on “RIP

  1. Sending hugs and prayers to you Tony and to Mavis. Rose was an exceptional women, a great encourager and inspiration to many. I am just one of thousands Rose’s wise words have touched. I had the privilege of meeting you all when you opened up your home for a DTE get together when i first joined the forum in 2012. Was a day I will not forget. Be kind to yourself as you find your feet in your new journey. Gail


  2. I am so sorry for your loss Tony, I didn’t know Rose well on the forum but I did love reading her blog. Even through the screen she seemed like a bright star. Thank you for posting this. Please do take care of yourself.


  3. Tony,
    Rose was a special soul, and I’m so sorry for your loss of her. I “met” her via the Internet when she began reading and commenting on my blog some years ago. She always had the best comments–encouraging and sweet. When my daughter was born, on January 9, 2011, Rose knitted a wee sweater and booties for her and mailed them to me (in the US) along with a book for my older son. What a thoughtful person and what a treasured gift (we still have all of those things, and will never rid ourselves of them!). My son is an artist and she would sometimes comment that she wished he could come to your art shop. I wish that, too. She was such a thoughtful, kind person, and I could tell that even from afar.

    Incidentally, she died on my daughter’s sixth birthday. It was January 9th here in the US.

    I will always remember her with fondness. My sincerest condolences to you and your family.
    Polly (mother of Finn and Annie)


  4. Tony and Mavis, my heartfelt condolences. Rose was an amazing person who will be greatly missed for her wisdom. She always gave of herself to those of us on the forum and I for one will miss her greatly.


  5. Tony,
    So very, very sorry for your loss of such a sweet lady. I only in the past week found out she was sick and left a comment on her last instagram post. Our family also “met” via our blogs. She did, indeed, leave thoughtful and such sweet comments. I was just reading Polly’s comment above. Yes, that certainly sounds like the Rose I know. She also sent me something in the mail years ago….i actually can’t remember exactly, but I think it was yarn? She knew I liked to knit. She also would write and ask my daughter.sewing questions. i also returned the favor and sent Rose a quilted table runner for her table…and I spotted it a couple of times in some of her blog posts. It thrilled me that something I made was making someone else happy in Australia!!
    We also shared the fact that our mothers live with us. Mine is 88, so we both had that in common.
    I know you will miss Rose greatly, but she did affect lives in faraway places. We will all miss her.
    Praying for you today that the Lord of all comfort will comfort you in your greatest need,


  6. Blessings and comfort to you and your family on the passing of Rose, a wonderful lady who has touched so many lives with positivity and light.


  7. The most amazing gift that the internet grants us is to be introduced to others we may have never met due to the vast geographical distances between us. More than four years ago, Rose stopped by the blog and she continued to stop by ever since. We began to get to know each other, converse back and forth and in quick time we worked together, sharing our expertise: she providing feedback on my podcast and I offering guidance with style (of which she had in bucket fulls all on her own as it was her personality and joie de vivre that radiated and revealed her signature self). She was always with a kind word and offered her generous heart without hesitation. She was always curious and remained so the entire time I had the fortune to know her.

    Tony, thank you for giving her friends and readers a place to share, grieve and be reminded of the gift that Rose brought into all of our lives. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Please know that even though Rose and I didn’t have the opportunity to meet in person, I call her a friend, a dear, kind and amazing individual. May we all be so fortunate to find more Roses in our lives.

    All my love,



  8. I’m so very sorry to read this, Tony. I only found her blog very recently and wish I would have gotten to know her better. It sounds like she was a lovely person.
    I hope to find the time to read more of what she has here on the blog.
    Would you consider letting the blog open so people can still read & learn?

    May you find comfort in your memories.
    Blessings to you.


  9. Dear Tony and Mavis
    So sad to hear about Rose.
    Stumbled across the news when researching something on Rhonda’s Down to Earth.
    You must have so many memories to treasure.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you both.
    Love from Craig and Rosanne Diamond.


  10. Hello Tony. My name is Angela. I know Rose from her comments on another blog where I visit regularly and I learned of her passing there. She seems to have been a lovely lady and indeed a very courageous one, You are very good to take time in the midst of your own grieving to let her blog friends and acquaintances know. Please accept my very sincere sympathy on the loss of your wife. May God watch over you and give you strength and may you take some comfort from knowing this is only a temporary separation, you will be with her again one day. God Bless you.


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