Rose Quigley Owens
Roseanna Margarita Quigley Owens was born to Robert Godfrey Quigley and Rosa Oralea Gonzalez on June 23, 1940 in Hollywood, California. She was born in the same room where movie star, Joan Crawford gave birth to her daughter.
She was raised in Alvarado, Veracruz with her younger sister, Patricia. Their father worked as a writer and director for the motion picture industry in Mexico.
Roseanna was known as Rose by her family, friends and work colleagues. She was proceeded in death by both parents and her beloved Aunt Cristina.
Family was the most important priority in Rose’s life. She was devoted to her parents, her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was very proud of the Quigley name. Her ancestors came from Ireland, Scotland and Germany. In the 17th Century, the Quigley’s settled in the Canadian Province of Spray Bay, Nova Scotia.
Rose began her career working as an airline stewardess in Mexico. She happily recalled the many cities she visited, the vast number of interesting people she met and many fun stories with fellow stewardess’s and pilots.
Following her employment with the Mexican airlines, Rose was employed by The American Hospital working as a secretary in medical and surgical supplies for the Central Distribution Department.
Rose moved to California where she worked very hard until she married and established a new life in Grand Junction, Colorado. Some of her career highlights were working for Colorado Legal Services and Colorado Rural Housing.
Rose was very proud to work many years for the Rocky Mountain SER Western Slope Head Start program serving as their disability and mental health coordinator. She made a tremendous impact in the lives of hundreds of children and families for over 20 years.
Being fluent in both Spanish and English, Rose worked with the court to serve as an interpreter for the Spanish speaking community. Her services were also invaluable for the many individuals’ seeking United States citizenships. Rose’s involvement helping people brought her great satisfaction.
Those who knew Rose well were impressed by her many artistic talents which included embroidering, knitting, crocheting, oil painting and cooking her favorite Mexican dishes. Her most creative work was her Brazilian Embroidery. Many of her closest family and friends were blessed with her beautiful masterpieces.
In her latter years, Rose enjoyed coloring in her adult elaborate coloring books.
For many years, Rose had a Saturday tradition of having breakfast with her best friends followed by shopping on Main Street and watching movies in the afternoon. She loved British Documentaries, Downton Abbey and the many books written by Jane Austen.
This is a true statement- “Rose loved to dance.” Even at age 82, she would quickly jump to her feet when music was played. She had amazing rhythm and a beautiful smile while she danced. She will always be remembered as our “Dancing Queen!”
Rose is survived by her seven children, 18 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, one sister and one cousin:
Monica Peraza O’Quigley: Children- Rodrigo Sanchez Peraza; Maria Jimena Cos Peraza; Alejandra Gill Peraza (Chase Gill); Daniela Cos Peraza
Richard Quigley (fiancé – Nishi Aragon): Children- Joredan Quigley (Tricia Quigley); Triston Quigley (Chelsea Quigley); Bryce Quigley; MacKensey Quigley
Edward Quigley (Nicole Quigley): Children- Isaiah Quigley (Kim Quigley); Zephaniah Quigley (Kassie Quigley); Jubilee Sanford (Cody Sanford); Jesiah Quigley
Gabriela Combs (David Combs): Children – Nicole Combs Herron (Derek Herron); Zechariah Morris; Caleb Morris; Jeremiah Morris
Carmen Marsh (Tony Marsh): Children – Tyler Marsh (Vivi Marsh); Kasey Marsh
Christine Heninger (Tyler Heninger)
Sister: Patricia Kenney (Larry Kenney): Children – Alexander Kenney; Elizabeth Kenney; Kathleen Kenney
Cousin: Sandy Steen (Charlie Steen): Anne Steen; Margaret Guldborg (Thomas Guldborg)