Rose Marie Fong
Jun 16, 1951 - Jul 30, 2016
Surrounded by family, nature, and her sweet dog, Rose Marie Fong passed on to peace on Saturday, July 30, 2016 after a hard, but far too fast battle with cancer. Rose leaves behind a legacy in her family and community. She is survived by her daughters (Briana and Mei-Lani Bixby), her mother (May Fong), and her siblings (JJ Kwong, Howard Fong, Herbert Fong, Raymond Fong, Donald Fong, Burt Fong, Danny Fong).
Rose was born in Auburn, CA to the strong and determined May and Wah Huey Fong on June 16, 1951. As a child, she was open hearted, silly, and joyful. As an adult, she followed her open heart and dedicated her life to helping others. Rose pursued a Bachelors of Psychology at Sacramento State and a Masters of Social Work at UC Berkeley before becoming a clinical social worker in rural Alaska.
Rose lived the majority of her adult life in Valdez, Alaska adventuring into the wilderness in her personal time and into hearts as a social worker in her professional time. She was a fighter and an advocate who frequently paralleled her personal and professional life. When she raised her daughters, she helped advocate for and comfort other women and children. As she cared for her elderly mother, she became an advocate for older adults and caregivers. Her work was more than a profession; it was a way of life. It wasn’t uncommon for her to become a mother, daughter, or sister to many in the community. She was engaged and always strived to be genuine.
If there is a word to know about Rose, it is “LOVE.” She lived, laughed, and loved fully. She loved so many things: her daughters, nature, animals (especially Abbey dog), family, friends, yoga, food, music, good coffee, rainstorms, sunny days, full moons, and rainbows. She loved bringing people together to celebrate holidays, birthdays, Tuesdays, or any day. Her love of adventure and people motivated her to open her beautiful home as a bed and breakfast for 18 summers to folks across the globe.
A full-hearted wanderer of the soul and the world, Rose will have a memorial service on August 12, 2016 at 10AM at East Lawn Memorial Park (4300 Folsom Blvd.) in Sacramento, CA. A celebration of life will follow in Valdez, AK at a date to be determined. Instead of flowers, please carry on Rose’s compassion and donate to The Humane Society, The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, or Advocates for Victims of Violence (in Valdez). As at Rose’s table, all friends, family, and those in need of a hug are welcome to the services.
East Lawn Mortuary
5757 Greenback Lane