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Memorial rose garden dedicated in Clackamas


Miramont Pointe, a senior living and health care community in Clackamas, had a rose garden on site for many years where residents loved to garden and enjoyed seeing and smelling the flowers, but over time it had become overlooked.

by: PHOTO COURTESY: MIRAMONT POINTE - Mary Neely, wife of Dick Neely, attends the dedication of the Dick Neely Memorial Rose Garden.Dick Neely and his wife, Mary, moved into Miramont Pointe in the fall of 2012. Gifted with a green thumb, one of the first projects Dick took on was revitalizing the rose garden.

He had an immense interest in roses, was a member of the Portland Rose Society, and had worked for the National Park Service. Dick proposed the idea to create a memorial rose garden, where a rose bush can be planted to honor a loved one.

Residents and their families could sponsor a rose bush in the memorial rose garden, with a sign next to their loved one’s flower. Naming the memorial garden after Dick made sense after he died in April. A memorial plaque was presented to his wife, Mary, and their family June 7.

“The ceremony was lovely. It was a very special moment to my family and me,” Mary Neely said. “It was a beautiful day, and the roses were in the perfect stage of bloom. I know Dick would have loved the ceremony and be so pleased with the plaque. The memorial rose garden is beautiful.”