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Rose Marie Hill
31 May 1976 ~ 8 January 2008
Rose Marie Hill, 31, passed away peacefully, at home, on January 8, 2008, in
Seattle WA. Rose was born in San Diego CA, and moved to Port Orchard WA, in
1979, at the age of three. She attended schools at Bible Baptist Church,
Cedar Heights JH, and Sedgwick JH and graduated from SK High in 1994, where
she was very active in student government, Acting Ensemble, cheerleading and
the Head Start Program at Olympic College in Bremerton.
Rose was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997, at the age of 21, while a
senior at Wells College in Ithaca NY. She completed her course of studies
there all while undergoing treatment and earned her BA in the spring of
1998. She went on to earn a Master in Fine Art (MFA) at the School of the
Museum for Fine Arts (SMFA), Boston, MA in 2004.
After graduation, Rose traveled the world as a performance artist in
2004-2006. She performed in United States, Canada, Chili, Ireland, Poland,
and traveled to numerous other places; Italy, Germany, Morocco, Tunis,
France, England, Spain, Portugal, New Zealand, Panama, it was her goal to
visit every continent. The SMFA in Boston will award an annual Rose Hill
Performance Award in honor of Rose’s contributions to performance art.
Rose moved back to Seattle in 2004, and began a master’s program at Gevirtz
Graduate School of Education, University of California Santa Barbara, CA.
She earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Clinical Psychology in May of
2008. She completed her studies with honors.
Rose loved people and she loved life. The aggressive cancer she endured
never went into remission; however, she never let her illness or treatment
stop her from accomplishing her goals in education and the personal
experiences she longed for, and she had many; she fished for the summer on
an Alaskan fishing boat, participated in building homes for homeless in
Texas, she was a sky-diver, sea-plane pilot, bi-plane enthusiast,
para-sailor, motorcyclist, violinist, ballerina, banjo player, singer,
song-writer, author and other ventures too numerous to name here. Rose used
her vast experiences to touch other people’s lives for the better. Above
all Rose loved her family and her friends and we will miss her infectious
zest for life; she truly lived the mantra “seize the day” or “carpe diem.”
Rose’s favorite song, “It Is Well (with My Soul),” personifies that Rose
lived well and she has gone to a better place where she is indeed well in
every sense of the word, today and forever. We give you to His heart.
Rose is survived by her parents, Ginger (Michael) Kulpit of Poulsbo WA,
Chuck (Michele) Hill of Olympia, siblings; Chrystie Hill of Seattle, Andrew
Hill of Spokane WA, Trudee Hill of Seattle, Tonya (David) De Loma of Benton
City WA, Karen (Tom) of Olympia WA and her paternal grandmother Ilene Lee
Hill Mays of El Cajon CA and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and
Rose was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Russell Richardson
in 2001, and Mildred Richardson in 2006, both of Edgewood NM. She was also
preceded in death by her paternal grandfather Charles W. Hill of Olympia WA
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