Rosalie 'Rosie' Diane Atwood
Rosalie "Rosie" Diane Atwood was born on March 4, 1950 in Rice Lake, Wisconsin to Frederick "Bud" Atwood and Dorothy Ann Robinson being the fourth of seven children: Louise, Frederick "Buddy", Donna June, Rosalie, Manuel "Manny", and David. A younger sister, Linda, died in infancy. The family lived in Chetek, Barron County, Wisconsin, the birthplace of her parents. They were surrounded by a large extended family including her paternal grandmother, Louise, who was very dear to Rosie.
Times were difficult for the growing family, especially while Bud served in WWII. They all pitched in with gardening, household chores, milking and working in their grandmother's greenhouse. The family raised their own food, made butter and cheese, canned and preserved, but also made time for fishing with grandma in the evening, swimming at the lake and playing many games. One constant was their love for each other.
Like her family, Rosie attended Chetek schools, worked hard, made excellent grades, loved to sing with her sisters and discovered a talent for music. She learned to play piano and the guitar her grandma bought for her. Although somewhat shy, she often sang and played for family and friends.
Rosie was baptized into the RLDS church, now known as the Community of Christ, when eight years old. She always had a willingness to work hard and help others which naturally led to her determination to study nursing.
Following her freshman year at Chetek High School, her family moved to Lamoni, Iowa. There she met her high school sweetheart and future husband, Jack Gardner. Rosie graduated from Lamoni High School in 1968 and began nurses' training at the Independence Sanitarium. Jack and Rosie's love and commitment just grew stronger during this brief separation and they married July 19, 1969 following Jack's graduation from Lamoni High School and the day before the moon landing. They were rarely apart during their fifty years of marriage and rejoiced in being married to their best friend and partner. Rosie postponed her schooling while Jack attended CMSU in Warrensburg, Missouri and they were blessed with two sons, John Frederick and Brian James.
The young family moved to Eugene, Oregon in 1973 where Rosie resumed her studies, graduating with a BS and RN degree from the University of Oregon in 1976. Her work as an RN specializing in OB/GYN in labor and delivery spanned 36 years beginning at Willamette Falls Hospital in Oregon City, then Kaiser Permanente in Clackamas, with a brief period at Davis Hospital in Layton, Utah. Rosie loved her work helping deliver babies.
The family moved often throughout the Portland and Clackamas County area but raised their sons mostly in the Clarkes community of Beavercreek where they built a house on 40 acres of timber land. Once Jack was asked what place he thought of as home. He just pointed at Rosie.
Jack and Rosie had the pleasure of organizing several reunions for the Atwood family. It was an opportunity to form bonds across the miles and share fun and memories. They also enjoyed trips to Mexico, Canada, Spain, Ireland, England and a special visit with their foreign exchange daughter, Maria, in Ecuador. During their retirement, they completed their goal of visiting all 50 states and all provinces and territories of Canada.
Rosie was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September of 2018. Treatments were not successful and she passed away at her home in Molalla, Oregon on July 31, 2019, twelve days after their 50th wedding anniversary.
Rosie was a dedicated nurse, loved and respected by her coworkers and patients, a devoted mother to her sons, a doting grandmother to her six grandchildren, and a faithful, loving soulmate to, and adored by, her husband. Rosie always remained youthful, continuing to delight and surprise everyone with her humor and energy. As a sports fan, she loved her Oregon Ducks and Green Bay Packers.
She is survived by all of her brothers and sisters, by John and Melissa Gardner and their children, Margaret, Lorelei, and John, by Brian and Gretchen Gardner and their children, Charlotte and Caroline, by her granddaughter Aerin Kordon, and by her husband Jack.
Memorials were organized by her coworkers who shared memories and roses for Rosie and by Clarkes Grange where she had been a member since 1979. Rosie's remains are interred at Clarkes Pioneer Cemetery, Mulino, Oregon, near the home they built, the community they loved and Ringo pond where they hosted several anniversary parties.