Rose Gustava Livesay
Rose was born Aug. 30, 1923, in Frankfort, Kansas to Charles and Joanna (Spiller) Breuninger. She was the sixth of 7 children. She passed peacefully at home on January 23, 2018 with family at her side.
Leaving the dust bowl behind, the family moved to Oregon in 1937, where Rose graduated from Woodburn High School in 1941. She attended Durham Business School in Austin, Texas.
Soon after settling in Woodburn she met Harold (Hal) Livesay, a native of Woodburn. They married in Jamestown, ND in 1943 and she followed him to several air force training locations for whatever togetherness they could muster. During the war years she held secretarial jobs in Seattle and Vancouver, WA. After the war they settled in Woodburn and built their life and family together. After raising her children, she also worked for Woodburn Public Schools.
For 57 happy years, they shared a mutual love of family, friends and travel until Hal's passing in 2000. Rose found love again and in 2009, and married Buck Buchanan of Dallas, OR. He passed in 2016.
Rose enjoyed reading, golf and traveling, especially to Hawaii and Arizona in the winter. She received special joy from her family and friends.
Rose is survived by sister Ruth DeGabriele, of Seattle, sons Paul (Deana Vey), of Vancouver, WA and David (Betsy) of Lake Nahwatzel, WA, daughter Jan Sawyer (Lee), of Woodburn, along with seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Rose and her family are grateful to the staff at Cascade Park Retirement Center and to Willamette Valley Hospice for their kind assistance at her last home and in her final days.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at Woodburn United Methodist Church, 700 N Cascade Dr. Remembrances to Willamette Valley Hospice.