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Rose Grafa Amundson

Rose passed away in her sleep in Torrance, California on March 5, 2017 at the age of 89. She was born in the small town of Okemah, Oklahoma in 1927 to Fay Bryce Grafa and Julian Delmar "Buck" Grafa. She had two older siblings, Julian and Jane. Rose lived in Oklahoma until going to nurse's training at Baylor University in Dallas, Texas where she met and married her first husband, Robert "Bob" Jordan in 1949.
She and Bob moved to Chicago, where they had their first child, Sandra. They then moved to California in 1950, where Rose lived the rest of her life. Rose had her second daughter, Diane, while they lived in Oakland. The family then moved to the Los Angeles area where sons Jeff and John were born. The family moved around the Los Angeles area a few times before settling in Palos Verdes Estates for about ten years. Rose was a full-time mother and homemaker, but she also stayed active in charitable and community groups, including the LA County Medical Society Auxiliary, often taking leadership positions. She could easily make people feel valued and showed a keen interest in others that made her easy to be around. Religion was an important part of Rose's life, and she attended church wherever she lived.
The next chapter of Rose's life began after an amicable divorce from Bob and a return to nursing. She worked her way up the ranks at Little Company of Mary Hospital, starting as a night nurse in the Critical Care Unit until eventually becoming Assistant Night Nursing Supervisor. While there, she met her second husband, John Amundson. Rose and John were married in 1976, and Rose's family expanded to include John's two daughters, Cheri and Candi, and four granddaughters, Christie, Tracey, Angela, and Michelle. Rose and John lived happily together in Torrance for many years until they both retired and moved to Lake of the Pines in the foothills outside Auburn in 1989. Rose and John loved to travel and play golf and made good use of their retirement to do more of both. Their home in L.O.P. was a beloved site of family gatherings at holidays, especially the Fourth of July and Christmas. Rose again became active in church and community groups including the Lady Niners and the Lake of the Pines Board of Directors, for which she held several offices.
After the death of John Amundson in 1999, Rose moved to San Diego to be near her brother and sister, first living on her own and then moving in with sister Jane. With them, she took advantage of San Diego's cultural life, enjoying classical music and opera performances. Rose also became active in P.E.O., a women's charitable organization. She continued to enjoy traveling the world, now with Jane as her companion. The two of them kept fellow travelers entertained with Jane's wry commentary and Rose's laughter. Jane always said Rose was her best audience. In her final years, Rose moved back to Torrance to be closer to her children.
Rose is survived by her six children, seven grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren.
Memorial Service will be held at St. Peter's by the Sea Presbyterian Church on Friday, July 14, 2017 at 10:00 am in Palos Verdes Estates, CA, with a small reception to follow at 11:00. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze from July 11 to July 13, 2017
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