Rosa Osborne, Formerly Of Glennallen, Died August 15th, 2020 At Age 93

Rosa Osborne Ran A Doll Studio & Ceramics Shop Near Glennallen When Henry Osborne built his wife a home near Glennallen, he did somethin...

Rosa Osborne Ran A Doll Studio & Ceramics Shop Near Glennallen

When Henry Osborne built his wife a home near Glennallen, he did something for himself. Henry had always wanted to be able to slide down a fire pole. When you build a home in the Copper Valley, you can do anything you want. There are no rules whatsoever about house-building in this, The Land of the Unzoned. He built himself his fire pole, linking the second floor to the first.

Rosa Osborne. (Find A Grave)

Rosa was born to Charles and Rosie Baker on May 20, 1927, in Fort Scott, Kan. The family moved west to Redding, Calif., where Rosa met that love of her life - Henry Osborne. They married on Sept. 14, 1946. The Osbornes had three children: two daughters and one son. 

While living in Redding, Rosa worked for WT Grant Company as an accountant, and the two managed a roller skating rink. Rosa and Henry skated competitively and won several dance competitions. 

In 1971, Henry and Rosa and their two youngest children moved north to Alaska, settling in Glennallen. In 1972, they opened Osborne's Clothing & Gift Shop. Rosa operated the clothing and gift store while Henry worked in the trucking industry and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. They later sold the clothing store and moved to Hilo, Hawaii, they opened Hilo's first Hallmark store. Rosa operated Osborne's Hallmark & Gift Store while Henry drove trucks loaded with Koa logs down the narrow mountain roads near Kau'u. 

Later moving back to their beloved Alaska, they returned to the Copper River Basin and Henry built Rosa a large ceramic shop attached to their home where they operated Rosa's Doll Studio and River View Ceramics. Rosa held many certifications for porcelain and ceramic painting techniques. 

Rosa enjoyed sharing her skills and taught several classes. 

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Iris and Robin Loehr; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and David Stancliff; three grandchildren, KC Loehr, Levi McIntosh and Lacey Gover; two great-grandchildren, Channing and Myles Gover; sister and brother-in-law, Violet and Jerry Tittle; brother, Charles Baker; and several nieces and nephews all whom she loved dearly. Rosa was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Rosie Baker; her husband of 67 years, Henry Osborne; her son, Emory Osborne; grandson, Zebulon Osborne; and sister, Virginia Tucker.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2020. COPPER RIVER COUNTRY JOURNAL. 

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