Mom had a golden and genuine spirit! She enjoyed dancing, decorating, and cooking. She always had open arms to welcome any guest into her home and cook up a big meal to anyone who would stop by to visit. She was by far the most generous person I have ever known. My Rose was a spectacular mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. As a young adult she had to raise 10 siblings due to the passing of both parents then went on to raise my brother, my sister, and me. She gave us all so much great advice and love, we were all so fortunate and blessed to have her in our lives. Mom was the greatest inspiration, she was my hero.
Mom was diagnosed with stage IV Glioblastoma Multiforme on January 5, 2011, and fought until July 12, 2011. She was so courageous throughout her entire lifetime and always showed all of us much love and guidance.
Working in Houston while she was six hours away was so hard for me being that I wanted to remain by her side but she wouldn’t allow me to stay. Mom bravely told me, “I will be gone soon so you go take care of those patients at MD Anderson, they need your beautiful smile and spirit. When you care for them just pretend it’s me.”
I still focus on those words to this very day and try to make mom proud. I know she is my angel who guides me daily.
Although she suffered immensely battling GBM, she never showed any weakness or fear. Mom’s main focus was to make sure we were all ok. I will never forget how she asked me if she was a good mom and if she had done all she could for us. I responded by telling her that she was THE GREATEST! As we all continuously told her we loved her, her famous response was always, “I Love You More!”