Virginia Ruth Barley Rose
(1929 - 2016)

Virginia Ruth Barley Rose

March 15, 1929

July 6, 2016

Gardening, tennis, sewing and needlework, knitting and crochet, travel, women's service clubs.
Virginia Ruth Barley Rose passed away on July 6, 2016, lovingly tended by her son, daughter, and grandchildren. Virginia was born in Glendale, CA, on March 15, 1929, the third of four children of Frank W. Barley and Ruth Gransden Barley. She graduated from the Marlborough School in Los Angeles before entering Stanford University, where she studied history, met and married her husband William Gordon (Bill) Rose, and graduated in 1951.

She and Bill raised their two children, Ellen and Will, Jr., in California, beginning in San Lorenzo, then the Montclair hills of Oakland and Corona del Mar, and back again to Montclair. She was an active school-mom in the early years, and as her children became more independent, Virginia had more time to pursue her lifelong interests in tennis and in horticulture, becoming a Certified California Nursery Professional and working part-time at retail nurseries, notably East Bay Nursery in Berkeley.

In later life, she moved from Oakland to be near her grandchildren, Karen and Brian, in Cupertino and worked at Yamagami’s Nursery. When she decided to retire, she relocated to Philo, in the Anderson Valley, where she had the time and yard space to plant and tend to her fruit, vegetable, flowering, and decorative plants to her heart’s content. She joined several local women’s clubs, participating in fund-raisers and other community service activities.

Again to be with family, she relocated to live with her son in Hopland for a few years and then near her daughter in Cupertino. Her final move was into her daughter’s home under hospice care, where her beloved family was there to see her off. Left behind with our happy memories of her are her brother Robert Barley (Arlene), her daughter Ellen Rose (Robert Jardine), her son William Rose, Jr., her grandchildren Karen Jardine (Joel Maduck) and Brian Jardine, and many cherished nieces and nephews.

No services are planned. She would be delighted if you would hug a child or a tree in her honor.

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Thanksgiving is a day of food memories, for sure. We'll have Stilton and Cougar Gold on the cheese tray, try to make turkey gravy ourselves this year, definitely roast the turkey breast side DOWN, and savor the family-recipe extra-spicy pumpkin pie with home-whipped cream. I hope she'll enjoy not having to get up at the crack of dawn to make the stuffing, hoisting the 20 lb. bird in and out of the oven, and trying to plan a perfectly-timed hot dinner around a totally unpredictable done-time for the turkey. The next day, though, no cooking and Robert Shaw Christmas carols on the hi-fi. Bliss!
Ellen Rose (daughter)
November 24th, 2016
Happy Thanksgiving to all Barleys and Roses,

On this day, our first T-Day without my Mom, I think it only fitting to thank the Universe for giving me such a wonderful and beautiful lady to have loved and greatly appreciated throughout every minute of my life.

Mom was my best friend. She was my champion, against all evils. She was ever my confidant and co-conspirator.

She was always my inspiration. and the reason that I am still here, writing these thoughts.

Thanksgiving, to me, was always one of Mom’s day to shine. We always had the best Turkey that CA designer farms could produce, always slow roasted breast DOWN.

She always stuffed the bird with the greatest sage/onion dressing, consisting of the best local Bakery whole loaf bread, trimmed and diced by her, left to dry, then tossed with Bell’s seasoning and turkey stock. Ellen loved to eat the dried trimmed crusts.

Mom always offered canned Cranberry sauce gel, sliced, with the obvious can ripples. She also made her own whole berry Cranberry sauce, that was to die for. Always wanting to please everyone.

That was my Mom, all about Love, pure and simple. I will miss her, every minute of my life, from now on.

Best to you all this season, and beyond.

Will Rose (Son)
November 24th, 2016
Many good memories with Ginna and her family over the years . . . 2 stand out now . . . the years of winter-and-summer fun, sharing ownership of the Lake Tahoe cabin in the 1960s-early '70s . . . and the 3-week auto-trip in the summer of 2001 that she and I shared while vacationing on the shores of Lake Michigan in Door County WI and visiting our Mom's birthplace in Edenville MI . . . I'll always be grateful for Ginna's warm welcome and hug when visiting her home..
Rob Barley (Brother)
November 2nd, 2016
One of my very earliest memories is going to the park with Grandma. Whenever I think back, memories with her always warm my heart and lift my spirits. I consider myself so fortunate to have had her nurturing presence in my life, always there to lend support or much-needed advice.

The amount that Grandma has impacted my life is inestimable. She inspired my love of gardening and nature, for which I can never thank her enough. At every turn, she has helped me walk the path that has made me who I am today.

She will be forever in our hearts.
Brian Jardine (Grandson)
September 15th, 2016
I added a picture of our parrot, Lafitte, who died last week. Bob and I bought him less than a year after we were married, so his 40 years of life paralleled our 40 years together. Lafitte was our first "child", and cranky as he was, Mom loved him and took good care of him whenever we were gone. He knew when she was visiting by the sound of the toaster and squawked until he was "served" some of her breakfast toast with butter. We called her the Toast Lady, his favorite pet-sitter. Wherever he may be, I'm sure he's listening for the sound of the toaster.
Ellen Rose (daughter)
September 11th, 2016
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