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Obituary for Rosie Droubay

Rosie Droubay

March 2, 1954 - January 19, 2016

Fairy queen with thumbs of green, knower of everything.

Canoe paddler, cheerleader, harmonica wailer, Hobie Cat sailor.

Grand marshal of late-night tractor parades.

Maker of hay.

Seizer of days.

Motorcycle mama, mystic, magician,

Monk lover and play-by-ear musician.

A beautiful bird who flew the coop.

Healer, horse doctor, Walter whisperer, underdog defender.

Hot tubber, grandchild snuggler, holy mother.

Her Royal Hostess of East Huntsville.

Moon howler and friend to hug.

Rosie, Rosemary, Rosebud.

Percussion princess, pony cart driver,

Tree house builder, teacher, thriver.

Our rosy-cheeked strong stubborn brown-eyed girl.

Freer of spirits, eyes of the world.

Master gardener and garden swapper.

Lovage pusher, plane hopper.

Journeyman electrician and wildest of things.

Champion of dreams.

Ski bunny, snow angel,

Hitchhiker, soap maker, berry picker, risk taker.

Lover, sparkler, singer, writer.

Artist and wrong righter.

Wife of Mike,

Mother of Johanna and Paul,

Nanny Rose to Della and George,

Daughter of Lou and Francis,

Sister of Jeanie, Bill, and Lou.


May your afterlife be a flashlight adventure, a garden of Eden, a reincarnation. We will always love you.
Join us on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 2:00 p.m., at the Copper Nickel, 2450 Grant Avenue, Ogden, Utah to celebrate Rosie. Bring your musical instrument of choice and wear colors.


In lieu of flowers, do something nice for a stranger, reach out to someone whom others might avoid, write a handwritten letter to your kids, tell your friends you love them, do something spontaneous and fun and drag someone else along with you, and start living your dream today.


Cremation under the direction of Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.


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Date: Saturday, January 30, 2016

Copper Nickel, 2450 Grant Avenue, Ogden


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Born: March 2, 1954
Died: January 19, 2016

Condolences for Rosie Droubay

Jed & Betty Woolley posted on 2/16/16

I remember when Rosie worked with Jed on the Nordic Valley Golf Course. She wore short shorts and a halter, she was built so well, that old man would lose track of what he was doing. BUT we all loved young Rosie & Mike We lost track of each other when we moved out of the Valley but have never forgotten the couple we knew..


MaryAnn Guy posted on 2/4/16

We are all saddened by Rosie's passing. We all have lost and been cheated. The last time I saw Rosie was at a Bar-B-Q at her house. Everyone was sitting down to eat...but not Rosie. She was up on the roof lighting her paper bag lanterns and wouldn't come down until they were all lit. Now isn't that just like her? She will live on in our hearts and memories.


Scott & Janelle Landes posted on 2/4/16

Mike, Johanna and Paul. Scott & I are so sorry to hear of Rosie's passing. She was such a unique person and always had a smile on her face. I'm glad the tennis group bumped into her at last summers garden tour. It was so good to see her and catch up a bit. You all have our deepest sympathies. She will be missed by all.


Fr. Charles Cumnings, OCSO posted on 2/4/16

My sympathies and prayers to the family and to all who, like me, are in shock at the unexpected loss of this dynamic woman. Rosie was fully alive, fully engaged with life, high spirited. An early Christian writer once said, "The glory of God is a human being come fully alive." Rosie was such a one, and her presence gave glory to God. It was a joy to have known her.


Audrey carver posted on 1/31/16

I really liked Rosie. She is a character in my minds eye. I hadn't seen her in a while and she came for a visit last summer so glad she took the time. Always honest and true. A real breathe of fresh air whenever she as around. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Audrey Carver


Brad and Sharon Roghaar posted on 1/30/16

Dear Mike and family, We were so sorry to hear of Rosie's passing. We loved her beauty, grace, and talent. We will remember her exactly as she is so artfully and accurately described in her obituary, a unique and creative "doer" in life. Sharon and Brad


Jamie Powers Hester posted on 1/29/16

As a child 20+ years ago I will never forget twirling around in the dirt in the back yard of Chad and Gretchen's with family and friends watching and singing along in front of a fun, captivating and inviting band full of nothing but smiles and energetic people. Not knowing that they would become dear friends for life. I would hold several different musical instruments in my hands. Seeing Rosie smile at me as I would change my instrument in for something she had just finished playing with. Made me feel like there wasn't a care in the world! I remember just being in that moment! Fast forward to today and having those same feelings as I sat on the patio at Cooper's last summer and enjoyed those same people and dancing my heart away! My heart is heavy as I learned of Rosie's passing. My love and thoughts are with you all. I have a bad of flower seeds she game me last summer and I will plant them in her honor! Much love, Jamie Powers Hester


Jill Jensen posted on 1/29/16

As followers of Flew the Coop Band for over twenty years, from first experiencing them at Chad and Gretchen Petersen's to last summer at Bear Lake, our hearts are very heavy right now. Rosie was a treasured part of the Coop Band experience. We always looked forward to her warm and inviting personality and the way she made us feel part of the band with her bag of instruments. She will be so greatly missed. Our deepest condolences to Mike and family. With much love, Jill, Paul, and Madeline Jensen


Anne Hill posted on 1/29/16

My deepest sympathy to the family for your loss. May the promises in the scriptures bring comfort to your hearts. Love is always stronger than death. (1John 4:8) (Acts 24:15) (Psalms 83:18)


Don & Kathy Faucett & Family posted on 1/28/16

Mike, Johanna & Paul...We were all so sad to hear that cousin Rosie had passed. We so appreciated all of her emails about Uncle Lou and his progress after his stroke - she sure did a great job of keeping everyone in touch. Her blogs about her travels will be missed along with her messages about her loving family. We send our most heartfelt sympathies to you all at this time of sadness & loss - she will be missed but we know her spirit will live on forever in everyone's heart.


kent and karie eggleston posted on 1/28/16

Rosie is a beautiful person and a special spirit she will be missed


Patty posted on 1/28/16

Mike, Johanna, and Paul I've been so saddened to hear of Rosie's death. I first heard of it on Sunday. Today we saw the obit. She was such an amazing force. I loved her. It's been a few years since we went for dinner up Weber Canyon to Tagggarts. Such fun times. I'm so sad. I hope to see you on Saturday. My best to all of you. Love, Patty, Don, Kira, and Ami


Brenda posted on 1/27/16

I didn't know Rosie in this life, but after reading the wonderful obituary tribute to her, I felt as if I truly did know her. It's easy to see she was very loved and an extraordinary woman. God bless all those left behind for awhile. The angels are surely celebrating her presence.


Nancy Coe posted on 1/27/16

Rosie was/is a force... she visited me in Seattle and her energy was contagious. I took her up to see the tulip fields in the Skagit Valley and she was enthralled. I will never forget her face. Sleep with the angels now, Rosie.


Cindy Ford posted on 1/27/16

Rosie was a lovely lady, friend to all and I admired her willingness to get involved in making Huntsville a better place.


Kirk Ottley posted on 1/26/16

Dear Droubay Family, I was so saddened to read that Rosie had died, and wish peace and comfort for all as you remember and celebrate her amazing life. What I remember most about Rosie was her creativity, her expansive imagination, and her optimistic determination to make the world around her something beautiful and better than it was before she touched it, and it was just that! I'm grateful that she shared herself and her family with me for the time that she life is better for it! Take good care of yourselves and all you meet! Kirk Ottley