Rosella “Rose” Dawn Anderson, age 85 of Grand Haven, passed away from natural causes on Monday, May 4, 2020 at a local nursing home. She was born on July 5, 1934 in Muskegon, MI to the late Alfred A. and Elizabeth (Eden) Owens.
Rose gave her life to the Lord at an early age and was a life-long member of the Salvation Army in Grand Haven where, when she was 15, met her future husband, Edward W. Anderson. One month after her 18th birthday on August 23, 1952, they were married and enjoyed 63 years together before he passed away in 2015.
Rose was a very active member of her church serving as Y.P.S.M. (young people’s sergeant major), Sunday school teacher, member of the Songsters choir, Corps Cadets Leader, and a Silverstar mother. Upon raising her children, Rose excelled in a variety of diverse careers that included Office Manager at Ottawa County Mental Health Clinic, radio ad sales at WGHN, Marketing Director at Horizon Group Inc., and Property Manager of the Manufacturers Marketplace Outlet Mall in Holland.
Upon retiring, Rose enjoyed traveling with her husband and spending time with her children and grandchildren between their two homes in Delray Beach, FL and West Olive, MI.
Rose is survived by her five children: Claudia (Dana) Bryant of Norton Shores, MI, Lt. Col. Vicki (Lt. Col. Richard) Amick of Hoffman Estates, IL, Edward D. (Dianne) Anderson of West Olive, MI, Nanci (Scott) Yager of Light House Point, FL, and Lars E. Anderson of West Olive, MI. She was blessed with 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; and is also survived by her brother, Alfred J. (Joy) Owens of Holton, MI.
A Celebration of Rose’s life will be held later this year at a date and time to be announced.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Grand Haven Salvation Army.
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The Salvation Army-Grand Haven
310 N. Despelder St., Grand Haven MI 49417