Rosemary Kellen Boyle

Rosemary Kellen Boyle

Rosemary Kellen Boyle, of Seattle, Washington passed away on October 26th, 2012 surrounded by her family 19 months after being diagnosed with stage four lung cancer.

Rose was born on July 24th, 1961 in LeMars, Iowa and graduated from Spalding High School in Granville, Iowa. Rose earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and a Master of Science in Physics from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She married Mike Boyle on December 21, 1985 in Omaha. After moving with Mike to the Seattle area in 1986, she continued her education at the University of Washington where she earned a Master of Arts in Philosophy and a Master of Science in Genome Sciences. While pursuing her academic interests, she also worked as a teaching assistant with the Department of Physics at Creighton, a philosophy instructor at both Seattle University and University of Washington, and a research fellow in the departments of molecular biotechnology and bioengineering.

Rose's impact on the Seattle community reaches far and wide. She was an active volunteer and philanthropist in her interests of art and education. Over the years at Seattle Country Day School in Queen Anne, where all three of her children attended, she was President of the Board of Trustees, Co-Chair of the 2006 "A Place to Grow" Capital Campaign, President of the Parent Council and an 11 year volunteer with the annual school auction. Rose was recently honored at the 2012 Leadership Dinner for her 17 years of volunteer service at the school.

Other service work included organizations such as the Seattle International Film Festival, Moisture Festival, the JDRF (including many Beat the Bridge teams), Lakeside School and the Emerald City Feis. She served on the Board of Directors for Seattle Children's Theater and was instrumental on the growth of Explorations in Math, now called Zeno.

Rose was passionate about family, friends and community service and those passions led to many experiences meaningful to her as well as those around which included cross country skiing, hiking, world-wide travel, book club and opera. She was envied by many for her baking skills and took pride in her home which was always open to friends, family and neighbors.

She is survived by her husband Mike, and children, Lizzie, Connor and Kieran (Kiki), her parents, Jerry and Perry Kellen of Alton, Iowa, her mother-in-law Catherine Boyle, sisters Maureen (Paul) Berg of Omaha, Nebraska, Cindy London of Papillion, Nebraska, Laura Beebe of Des Moines, Iowa, brothers, Tom (Laurie) Kellen of Alton, Iowa, Bill (Georgia) Kellen of Columbus, Ohio, Jeff Kappenman of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, sister-in-law Margaret Wright of Seattle and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) at

Published in The Seattle Times on Oct. 30, 2012