2015-03-12 / Obituaries

Darlene Rose

Darlene Rose, nee Wells, a Mariposa resident for the last 34 years, passed away in her home surrounded by her family on March 1, 2015 at 4:10 p.m.

Darlene was born on April 10, 1926 in Dennison, Iowa to Edith and Samuel Wells. She hitchhiked to California at the age of 13 with a friend carrying only a hammer for protection.

She married Gerald John Rose in 1944. Darlene and Jerry first came to Mariposa in the 1950s, building their cabin in the 1960s. Finally retiring from carpentry, Darlene and Jerry retired to Mariposa as permanent residents in 1981.

Jerry preceded Darlene in death, passing away in 2011. She is survived by her three children, Emily Susan Henry, Ralph Arthur Rose and Russell Tracy Rose of Mariposa. Also surviving are her grandchildren Christine Ann Rose of Mariposa and John Olmstead of Norcross, Ga., as well as great-grandchildren Jasmine Rose Lopez, Jennifer Harris, Jillian Powell, Jordan Olmstead, William Olmstead, and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Darlene will be greatly missed by her friends and family, as well as her Mariposa SPCA family, where she was a volunteer for more than 25 years.

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