Rose Lorraine Barton

Rose Lorraine (nee Petrie) passed away peacefully in her White Rock home on Thursday, April 29, 2004.

Rose was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Doug; her two sisters, Jean and Belle and her brother Keith.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Marilyn and son-in-law, David Webb, her niece Gail Duthie (Brian); her nephew Jim Duthie (Jacqui); her great-niece Molly Duthie; her nephew Jan Petrie; her great-niece Jeannie and many cherished friends.

Her parents were Vancouver pioneers who emigrated from Scotland. Rose was born January 15, 1914 on the “Bear’s Trail” which is now Knight Road. She graduated from John Oliver High School and was very proud of her South Hill roots. She loved to reminisce with her lifelong “South Hill Gang” friends. Rose was a good athlete in her youth, playing softball with the B.C. Ladies Provincial Championship Team. During the war, she worked for the Canadian Navy in Victoria and Jericho, where she became a crack typist. This also gave her another opportunity to make lasting friendships. Rose maried Doug in 1945 after he returned from overseas with the Seaforth Highlanders. They lived in Richmond and Vancouver, retiring in 1973 to White Rock where they had spent their honeymoon.

Rose will be fondly remembered for her love of fun & laughter. She was always the life of the party, even on her 90th birthday. She played the piano, sang and loved to dance epecially at White Rocks Blue Moon Dance Hall. Rose was always in the centre of a good conversation and enjoyed a heated discussion, especially about politics, and who could forget the length of her phone calls! She kept everyone enthralled with her stories. Hospitality was legendary at the Barton house and Rose was a wonderful hostess. She gave much joy to others. She was outgoing, generous, fun loving, cheery and personable. Rose was loved by many and will be sadly missed.

At her request, there will be no service. Because of her many years in White Rock, her family connections to the city and her sense of history, donations in Rose’s memory may be made to White Rock Museum and Archives, 14970 Marine Dr., White Rock., B.C. V4B 1C4.

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