May 21, 1951 - June 2, 2010
Roseanne Casseday Ross. Wonderful wife, teacher, farmer, extraordinary daughter and Sister-of-the-First Order. Rosie passed from this world to the spirit life on June 2, 2010. We will miss our loving Rose -
every day and with every thought.
She succumbed to a swift and wicked illness.
Roseanne Casseday Ross was born in Dayton, to Jerry and Sarah Casseday on May 21, 1951. She started school in Dayton and the family moved to Walla Walla in 1959. She attended Berney Elementary School, Pioneer Junior High and graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1969. Rose studied French at the University of the Sorbonne in Paris. She studied at the University of Puget Sound, graduating with a BA in English, December 1974. Rose joined the International Club at UPS and met friends from many lands. Rose studied further at the University of Washington and at Washington State University and received Masters Degree in Education with an ESL endorsement.
Rose was a beloved and respected teacher in the Walla Walla valley. Rose started her middle school teaching career in Irrigon, Ore., later to establish her teaching practice in College Place School District at John Sager Middle School. She worked for the Walla Walla Migrant Head Start at the Farm Labor Camp teaching preschool where she became interested in teaching English Language Learners - also known as English as a Second Language (ESL). She taught ESL at John Sager Middle School. Rose was an excellent role model and touched the lives of many students. She retired from the College Place School District in 2008.
Rose met Milton Ross in the early 1980s. A happy, loving relationship ensued. On August 16, 1986, Rose married Milton D Ross at their home on Old Milton Highway along Spring Creek. Rose enjoyed her life at the farm -and her connections to the land. She worked side by side with Milton - raising strawberries, corn, vegetables, flowers, fruit - doing what it takes to keep the farm going. Rose was the consummate farm-wife, preserving fruit, pressing apples in the fall, making jellies and jams and drying fruits. Rosie was an accomplished seamstress and welcomed all to their home. Rose's rose garden was the source of many beautiful bouquets.
Rose loved language and was an avid reader, overcoming dyslexia. She joined the Delphian Club of Walla Walla. Rose and Milton sponsored two foreign students, Soo Yeon Kim of South Korea and Ahn Truong of Vietnam - who both became informally adopted daughters for the couple.
Rose was preceded in death by her father, Jerry Casseday. She is survived by her husband, Milton Ross of Walla Walla; her mother Sarah Earnheart Burch of Walla Walla; stepdaughter Elyssa Young; grandsons Breton Young and Rhys Ragasa; sisters Mary Lue Hart of Salem, Ore. and Katherine Casseday of Kirkland, Wash.; and brother David Miller of Santa Monica, Calif. Rose's many nieces and nephews plus aunt, uncle, cousins and relatives will miss her lovely face and loving character.
A service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday June 12, 2010, at Pioneer United Methodist Church in Walla Walla, 209 East Birch Street. Donations in memory of Rose can be made to the charity of your choice.