Rosemarie Flores was born January 21st, 1967 in Castro Valley, California to Patricia McClanahan. She and her brother Raymond enjoyed their early childhood years living in El Cerrito and the greater San Francisco Bay Area. In her teens, Rose celebrated the Holy Ghost Festival with the El Cerrito Portuguese Society, walking the Parade as a Festa Lady in attendance to the Queen.
A quiet and well-mannered child, Rose was by no means meek. Unafraid of a fight, she always stood up to bullies, both for herself and for others. As gentle as she was tough, Rose left a heart-felt impression on many of her classmates, and a harsh imprint on those unlucky enough to cross her.
Rose’s love for thrillers and horror films was wonderfully notorious. She was fascinated with exploring the grit of humanity, and found value in stories that explore the dark recesses of the world and the lengths to which the human spirit will go to find resolution. No doubt, Rose found a certain inspiration with mystery and danger, and sought to explore it in adventurous ways.
Rose took on the role as the exciting big sister to Sarah, Amber, Eric and Timmy, leaving ever-lasting memories to their tender years. As her brothers and sisters grew to school-age, Rosemarie began a tradition of taking each on grand adventures whenever and wherever the opportunity arose. She had a talent for creating energetic, fun-filled weekend getaways, and added her own originality and enthusiasm to all their activities.
As she regularly attended her siblings’ field trips, Rose gained a reputation among parents and teachers as the wise cracker and commentator. No location or atmosphere was off-limits. Whether sitting through a musical, or visiting the Botanical Garden, Rose made sure no moment ever passed without some hard-punching joke that would send everyone into a laughing fit.
Like a good comedian, Rose knew how to read the mood of her un-witting audience and respond in such a way as to alleviate any boring or tense situation. Very receptive, and a keen eye for observational humor, Rose’s ability to deliver brilliant one-liners in difficult situations was legendary. Such wittiness and charisma would be an enduring mark of her relationship.
Rosemarie and Ronald first met at Toot’s in 2005. Ronald saw the kind heart under her stern and intimidating presentation. He would fall in love with Rose’s beauty, charm and honesty. Ron was deeply moved by Rose’s warmth and protective nature with her son, Nicholas. And with his patience, bravery and perseverance, Ron would soon win Rose’s heart.
Rose and Ron would embark on their own adventures throughout their thirteen-years together with unfettered devotion. Together, they made an impassioned effort to raise Nicholas with the same thoughtfulness and firm moral compass that reflected their own wonderful qualities. Both Rose and Ron brought up Nicholas to be a thoughtful, respectable, conscientious young man, worthy of recognition.
A mother, a sister, a daughter and a partner; Rose is remembered for her fun spirit, sharp wit, loving embrace and striking beauty. It will be her voice that narrates our lives, her creative words that see us through our troubles, and her tone that underscores our joy.
May Rosemarie’s love, humor and fighting spirit cast a light down on all of those she loved.