Rozann Stayden, 58, born December 14, 1953 in Cincinnati, Ohio peacefully left this world February 24, 2012. Ms. Stayden moved to Alaska to live out the remainder of her days with family. She graduated from Georgetown Law School, Washington D.C., 1989. She practiced law there for the entire duration of her career.
Ms. Stayden passionately pursued life and the pursuit of justice for mankind. She chose to defend the weak, the wrongfully accused, and the oppressed. Philanthropy flowed from her heart without hesitation. During the course of her life, she travelled to Bhutan and became especially fond of the people and their culture. There she found a humble people of limited means who worked diligently to better themselves and return their talents to their country for the good of all. Inspired and led by her philanthropic heart, Ms. Stayden raised 1.3 million dollars to help sponsor education of young Bhutanese students at prestigious American educational institutions, such as Harvard, Yale, Georgetown and Smith.
An extraordinary life, a life lived extraordinarily, a woman who dined with kings and fed the poor, perhaps the words of poet Rudyard Kipling, in his poem, "IF", best describe the lessons of life acquired by Ms. Stayden while she walked this earth. In the face of injustice, she was a force to be reckoned with and in her wake, has left the world a better place.
Thank you Rozann for the inspiration you have been to us, to live our lives with strength and courage and in the spirit of truth. May you rest now in His peace and love.
Ms. Stayden is preceded in death by her mother, Elena; brother Julius; sister, Mary Helen. She is survived by her father, Julius; sisters-Julie, Vicki, Elizabeth, Helen, Nicole; brother - Tony; nieces - Loey, Sharla, Sara and Sheena.
Services will be Friday, March 2nd at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Strawberry Chapel, 3250 Strawberry Road at 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the Scleroderma Foundation in her name.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Mar. 2 to Mar. 3, 2012.