CROSS, Rose Marie
August 26, 1921 — August 31, 2021
Rose, the eldest daughter of World War 1 Veteran, the late Joseph Schumaker and Grey Nuns Hospital nurse Helena (Bachman) Schumaker, was born on a farm near Kendall Saskatchewan, on August 26, 1921, and passed away peacefully on August 31, 2021, at Kelowna Hospice House.
Predeceased by her husband Barney; sisters Betty (Henry) and Phyllis (Fred); brother William (Florence); and brother-in-law Doug.
She is survived by sister Eleanor; and brother Joseph (Thelma); and many nieces, nephews; great-nieces and nephews; as well as many close friends.
Rose and her family travelled from Saskatchewan by train in 1930, during the Great Depression, to Penticton. The family then boarded the SS Sicamous sternwheeler and made their way to Kelowna where they settled for many years.
Rose also lived in Victoria and Trail for several years but she returned home to Kelowna in 1980.
Rose was very dedicated and was awarded the Life Member in the Order of Royal Purple honour in January 1997.
Rose lived a very full and active life and celebrated her 100th birthday on August 26, 2021, among close family and friends.
In Rose’s own words: “My life here has been long and hard some times. But I have lived it my way and very happy to have had so many good friends and a wonderful family to grow up with. Many good times and memories are far better than the bad. So, good wishes and peace to all who are left behind.”
Rose leaves behind many loving memories that will be cherished by all.
In respect of Rose’s final wishes, no service will be held.
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