Rose Washburn passed away peacefully in her home in Redondo Beach, CA on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Rose was born in CA on August 22, 1933. A Special Memorial Service will be held for Rose on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 11am. Though her diagnosis was never officially confirmed, her doctors strongly suspected she was a victim of either Polymyositis or Myasthenia gravis. Rose is survived by her daughters: Janet, Carol, and Emily; grand children Spencer, Eric, Kelsey, Katelyn, Tim, Ben, and Evan. Rose had been married to her loving and devoted husband Tom Washburn for over 56 years before he passed away approx 18 months ago. To best describe Rose is no easy task. She was so many things to so many people. Amongst her finer attributes would be the following: She was kind, generous, giving, extremely loving, a fantastic listener, honest, loyal, gracious, extremely forgiving, dependable, respectable, charming, wise, and "down to earth." One of her most outstanding traits was this amazingly unique skill to always act as the "peacemaker." When you're a mom and a Grand Mom, as Rose was, serving as the peacemaker is no easy job. But she sure excelled at it. She was always so adept at never "taking sides." She treated all her children equally. When there were the inevitable "family disputes," Rose was always there to step in and help resolve them all. That was her job. She made that her job. And she was an expert at that job! Rose will be greatly missed by us all, and forever.

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  1. May I be the first to say Aloha to Grandma Rose, and E hui ana kaua ma Lani-we will meet in Heaven:) May God be a comfort and strength to the whole O’hana-family in this time of sadness, and may He lift all our spirits in the perfect knowledge that Grandma Rose is Home..:)

    Aleta and Joseph Nahale

  2. We will miss Rose and her wacky sense of humor. She always had a smile and a good word for people.

    Rest Rose, and know you will be missed.

    Mary and Bill Goodman

  3. Mom is very much loved and will be missed. She invested so much positive love, joy and support into all of lives. She left a tremendous legacy of generosity and support in all of our lives. Always forgiving and ultimately supportive until the end. She never focused on her own illness or sorrows in life and always was such a wonderful blessing of hope and joy to each and everyone that she met. I admire her Sunny disposition and to always make a tough situation brighter with her positive outlook. All three of us girls have been blessed with a very loving, nurturing Mother and we can share our blessings to our own children of unconditional support, love, and positive outlook. Or to other loved ones in our lives. We are so blessed to have been bestowed with such a wonderful legacy and it will be my honor to continue it on down the line. A Mother’s love is irreplaceable. I will always love and cherish my Mom and her memory as I am sure my sisters will also. I love and miss you Mom. To the moon and back again.

  4. My fondest memories of Rose are when I would be over at her house with Janet, Patti and Carol playing various card games. My favorite game was Canasta which she taught me how to play. She was always driving the kids around on errands, and I would tag along. She will be greatly missed.

  5. Sorry Janet for your loss. Your Mom was an e-mail buddy of
    mine. She was a loving person to everyone. gone but not forgotten, Rose Johnson

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