IN LOVING MEMORY
On April 18, 2007, LymeInfo email list moderator Rose passed away
unexpectedly at the age of 59. Rose had been a chronic Lyme patient and
advocate for many years. She was a beautiful, compassionate, loving and
supportive person. Rose was also a beautiful singer, and she enjoyed
karaoke very much.
Karen J. "Rose" Rose served as LymeInfo moderator from 2002-2007. She
had been previously known around the Lyme community for her postings on
various Lyme email groups. All who knew her knew she was very warm, kind
and dedicated. In joining LymeInfo, she was eager to make sure that the
information needs of all Lyme patients were met. We all learned so much
as a result of her energy and commitment. Rose was a good friend and
will be missed dearly.
Rose had written, "For those of you who don't already know me, let me
offer a little
background explanation. I had never heard of Lyme disease until my
'official' diagnosis, and subsequent disability, in April 1995. However,
my confusing, complex, and well-documented medical history strongly
indicates that my Lyme infection occurred in 1958. My husband, James
Martin was diagnosed a year later, and is also disabled from chronic,
late-stage Lyme. His medical history also points to early-childhood
"Since our dual-diagnoses, James and I have dedicated the majority of
time and energy to Lyme research, education, and advocacy, and have been
involved with a number of online Lyme support groups. We've also met a
lot of wonderful people along the way...too many people whose lives have
been devastated by Lyme."
Rose was a woman of strong faith who was loved by so many. She left
behind her husband James and beloved children Marc, Shelli and Amy.
To read more about Rose or post your condolences, please see the
- Rose's Website
- Son Marc's Tribute
Find a Grave
- Lyme Memorial Park