Rose Osborne

Her loss will leave a very large hole                     in lots of our lives

                    Rose pictured on her 80th birthday.

Rose Osborne passed away peacefully after a short respite stay at St Michael’s Hospice on 15th April 2018. Her funeral is to take place at Bishop Monkton Church.

In 2016, Rose was sadly diagnosed with motor neurone disease and the following year moved out of Bishop Monkton where she had lived for most of her life to be next door to her daughter Catharine & Mel. This allowed Rose to continue to be independent, which was very important to her. 

Rose was born on 12th January 1938 in Darlington.  Her parents were John George known as Jack and Martha McGregor and she had one younger brother, John.

From leaving school in 1953 through to 1967, Rose worked in Woolworths in Ripon, where she met lifelong friends.  Rose was introduced to her friend Maureen’s brother Bob in 1965 and the rest was history!  They fell in love and married on 7th October 1967 at Bishop Monkton Church and lived on Fountains Terrace, before moving to St John's Way.

Two years after they married, they had a daughter Catharine and the family lived very happily on St John’s Way surrounded by a close knit community.  The Bowes and family were one side and the Shepherd family were on the other. There were many other young families nearby and everyone was very caring and supportive.

Rose loved her crafts, she knitted many garments and loved to do cross stitch and tapestry.  Rose and Bob entered their crafts in local shows such as Ripley, often being placed or commended for their efforts.  Rose also loved doing jigsaws and puzzles.  She loved her plants and flowers, getting great joy from tending to them in the garden and in the house.

Sadly, Bob died on the 30th September 1998 which meant Rose lived alone on St John's Way, but her friends in the village made sure she was safe and involved in village life and her friends further afield visited her frequently.

Rose was determined to reach her 80th birthday and she certainly celebrated that in style!  Rose had a drop in session and over 40 people attended, helping her to have an amazing birthday with precious memories!  Not only that, she raised £500 for St Michaels Hospice in lieu of presents! 

Although she was small in stature, Rose will leave a very large hole in lots of our lives.

We will miss her dearly.