I am sad to say that my sister Rose Marie died unexpectedly on April 20th. Teacher, actress, photographer, chef, cat lover, dog whisperer, loving daughter, devoted sister, enthusiastic aunt, she was above everything the most giving person I have ever known, and was always thus. From young womanhood until her last days, most of my memories of Rose involve her doing something for her family, for friends, and for her church, and never asking much in return. Seldom given to preachiness or judgmentalism, she was a person who lived her Christian faith; in his eulogy, her pastor called her “a formidable woman,” and he was right. Her confidence in me, and the guidance and encouragement she gave me at various turning points, helped me become the person I am. I will miss her always.

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