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October 16, 2013
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Rose Augusta Ellison

At 96 years of age, Mrs. Rose Augusta Ellison entered in Heaven peacefully on Sunday, October 13, 2013, at her residence in Oak Park, where she had lived for the past six months. Before moving to Oak Park, Rose lived for twelve years in Linus Oaks. Rose was born March 9, 1917 in Polar, Wisconsin to Otto Bruening and Martha Rusch-Bruening. Rose attended school in Polar, where she lived until she married Eugene O’Brien in 1936. The O’Brien’s lived in Bryant, Wisconsin where they were involved in farming and where their three children, Mary Jane, Jerry and Jimmy were born. The family moved to Roseburg in 1947 where Eugene was employed in logging. When Gene was killed in a logging accident in 1954, Rose was employed in the Roseburg Lumber Plywood Mill in Dillard. She went to work in 1957 at Ellison Transportation as a school bus operator. Luther Ellison, her boss, married Rose in 1961 and together they continued to operate school busses for the Roseburg and Winston/Dillard schools. The Ellison’s became owner/operators of Ellison’s Stockade Motel in Winchester Bay. In 1961 Rose gained her pilot’s license and flew for both business and pleasure through the mid-70s. Rose enjoyed membership in the Ninety Niners ladies flying club. She flew her planes up and down the west coast from Canada to Arizona. Her flying skill was valuable to both businesses when she flew equipment, personnel, and supplies as needed. After flying briefly in a glider and a few helicopter lessons, she decided that neither was for her. In her younger years, Rose did much sewing and baking for her family- no store-bought bread in her pantry. She was accomplished in hobbies-pictures from yard and jewelry, needle point, and tole painting. Some of her favorite experiences were flying in the Goodyear blimp, and flying in the British Concord SST. She enjoyed a flight in a hot air balloon for her 90th birthday. Luther and Rose enjoyed many international trips together- Europe, Panama, Canada and all across the United States. Rose was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Rainbow Circle, Ninety Niners, Daughters of the Nile and the NOMADS RV travel club. Rose was preceded in death by husband, Eugene O’Brien; sons Jimmy O’Brien husband Luther Ellison; and daughter-in-law, Karin O’Brien. Those who will miss her are son, Gerry O’Brien; daughter, Mary Jane Howe (Charley); step-son, Jim Ellison (Donna); step-daughter, Muriel Butler (Larry); grandchildren: Gene O’Brien, Jeanne Hayes (Matt), Michael O’Brien (Brandy), Dennis Cook (Mary) and Duane Cook (Cindy); six step-grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Pat O’Brien (Kate); sister-in-law, Marian Corley (Dan); several nieces; nephews; cousins and loving friends. The Reverend Scott Harkness will officiate at a graveside service at Roseburg Memorial Gardens on Thursday, October 17, 2013; at 1:00 PM. A Celebration of Life will be held in the Community Room at Linus Oaks on Saturday, November 9, 2013; at 11:00 AM. Rose had two passions - giving the Holy Bible and Guide Dogs for the Blind. Contributions in her honor may be given to: The Gideons International, P.O.Box 27, Roseburg, Oregon 97470 or to Guide Dogs for the Blind, 32901 SE Kelso Rd, Boring, Oregon 97009. Please visit to leave the family fond memories and condolences. Wilson’s Chapel of the Roses is in charge of arrangements.

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