Artena LaVerne Cecile
Rosie (nee: Young)
January 28, 1944-April 11, 2012
A courageous, kind and loving woman has left us all too early. LaVerne Rosie passed away suddenly April 11, 2012 at the age of 68. She was born in Macoun, SK and grew up in Midale, SK. LaVerne married Ron at the age of 17 and they shared 50 happy years together. Being an oilman’s wife she lived with her family in Swan Hills, Stoughton, Rosetown, Granum, Lampman, Estevan, Drumheller, Saskatoon and Swift Current for 12 years until settling in Sylvan Lake, AB in 1978. Throughout her years in Sylvan Lake she was part of the Oil Wives Club of Red Deer, the Sylvan Lake Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, Minor Hockey, the Curling Club, the Benalto Leisure Club and the Evarts Community Club. LaVerne was a selfless volunteer for Relay for Life and the Sylvan Lake Food Bank. She enjoyed being involved in the community, loved social activities including golf and curling and was always up for an adventure. LaVerne loved to do ceramics, scrapbook, craft, garden and bake. She enjoyed canning, making her own jams and salsa and took home several ribbons for her food and craft items at the Benalto Fair. She was a tireless worker over the years and enjoyed cooking and cleaning in various motels, shops, homes and her sister Bev’s Café in Red Deer where they shared many good times. She was diagnosed with cancer in 1999 and went through several surgeries and radiation all with a smile and a positive attitude. It was her immense courage, strength and determination that made her a cancer survivor. Grandma R continued to cook, bake and care for her family despite not being able to eat most of the tasty food she made. She cooked with love and it showed. Her time spent walking with her beloved puppy, Joey, was one of her favourite past times in recent years.
We take comfort in knowing she was with her daughter Jody and friends from the Evarts Ladies Club during her final day with us. Family, friends and relatives joined in celebration of LaVerne’s life on April 17 and the standing room only Legion Hall further emphasized just how truly special and loved mom was in her community. Thank you to everyone for your kind words, hugs, baking, flowers and continued love and support. Left behind to cherish her memory is her husband Ronald Rosie, their four children Jody (Lloyd) Muth, Rhonda, Kelley and Darcy (Kimberley) Rosie, seven grandchildren, Kenzel and Chad Muth, Krysten and Linden Klein, Gage, Kayla and Kadey Rosie and two great-grandchildren, Alyla Rosie and Peyton Kehler. She is survived by her sisters and best friends Lorraine Krohn and Beverley Ann Heth and brother Harley Stregger. LaVerne is pre-deceased by her mother Gladys Pearl Rowe (nee’ Hanna), birth father Arthur Young and step-fathers’ Emmanuel Shorty Stregger and Melvin Rowe. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to her most recent cause Kayla’s Birthday Head Shave Fundraiser for Life Campaign – www.fundraiseforlife2012.kintera.org.
We love and miss you terribly, but take comfort in knowing you are now the loveliest angel of all.