Rosella was born on a farm in Indian Head, Sask., she was the youngest of five children. She went to school in Indian Head and Harris, Sask, and then went to work at the Hotel Saskatchewan in Regina. There she met Bill Golly in 1951 and they were married early in 1952. She felt welcomed into Bill’s family who lived in Regina, as they all made their way through life.  Rose had four children: Clifford (deceased), Stuart (Betty Ann), Pat (Bob Allan), and Kim (Wayne Klotz). She had six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren who meant a great deal to her. Her siblings Harvey Totten, George Totten and Maxine Kaiser predeceased her. Rose leaves behind her loving husband Bill, her sister, Mary Broad (Cranbrook, BC), in-laws Don and Pat Maze (Regina), and Clarke and Lorraine Golly (Regina) to mourn her passing, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

Rose’s husband Bill worked for Poole Construction (later PCL), which meant that they moved often to different jobs throughout Saskatchewan, to Edmonton, Alberta and Denver, Colorado, making lifelong friends. They retired to Brentwood Bay, BC on Vancouver Island in 1984 and built their new home. Rose swung a hammer with the best of them.

Rose was a smart, determined, fiery woman who valued family above everything. She challenged us to be our best, and then cheered us on.

From her start on the farm in Indian Head, through all her travels around the world with Bill, to their long-term home in Brentwood Bay, Rose did things her way. When she was 55, she bought a cute, slightly-used Honda Civic although she hadn’t had a driver’s license for decades. She then enrolled in Young Drivers of Canada and was soon behind the wheel, discovering the freedom of her own wheels.

She decided that once the house in Brentwood Bay was finished, she needed another way to get some exercise. She started riding a bike for the first time since she was a child, and she continued well into her 80’s. For a couple of hours early each morning, all year through, Mom pedaled around Brentwood Bay, enjoying the quiet, taking in the scenery and collecting bottles (which covered the cost of bicycle maintenance). She met many people throughout the community and enjoyed telling us what she learned through her early morning conversations.

Rose was a keen card player, gleefully winning more than her fair share. She worked hard at something almost every day. She loved a party.

Rose was a unique character who dedicated herself to making the home she shared with Bill comfortable and welcoming. Through 68 years of marriage, she and Bill experienced life side-by-side: travel, joys, successes and sorrows. Rose will be much missed. She will live on in the memories of those who loved her.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Barb Wheler (Mullen) Bob's ex-wife

    Dear Bill and family:
    Sorry to hear of Rose’s recent passing. May your memories of her life; well lived; help to sustain you through your grief. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Sending BIG healings HUGS.

    PS: I always remember the beautiful cross stich pieces she made. Very talented lady!

  • Gord and Dea Wallace

    hello Bill
    Dea and I were saddened to read about Rose’s passing in the TC today. You two were together for a good many years and I am sure you will miss her presence. All the best to you in this time of grieving.

  • Catherine Bryck

    Uncle Bill and Family. We were so very sad to hear about Aunt Rose’s passing. Although we live very far apart, I have very fond memories of the great times that we spent together. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.
    Our love, Cathy, Bill Bryck and family.

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