Roseanna Morales Caldwell January 3, 1952 - March 11, 2017 San Diego - Few individuals have touched as many lives as Rose Caldwell. She was instrumental in starting the City of San Diego's Disabled Services division (now called Therapeutic Recreation Services), and held many positions in the group for 34 years. Thousands of people with disabilities have had their lives improved by Rose, either helped directly or through one of the hundreds of programs she planned, ran, or facilitated. Many more volunteers for her programs were enriched by their participation and involvement with this community; she had an amazing talent for gathering volunteers for her programs. In retirement, Rose continued to volunteer for the programs she initiated, spent many hours reading to children with "Rolling Readers," and found time to attend Barona "donation parties." Her infectious smile and upbeat personality were her hallmarks. An extraordinary woman, it was clear she cared, and cared deeply, for everyone. She had amazing talents, and always worked to the goal of helping others and society. She enjoyed music (especially the Beatles), old movies, and theater. Rose's "Hello Kitty" collection is the stuff of legends. A native San Diegan, Rose was involved in scouting from her early youth, connecting her to nature and service, and was a marksman (6th level) in high school. More odds and ends: She was in dance, and did performances for the USO as a child; was a safety monitor in middle school; and played violin in the Kearny High School orchestra. She was an avid backpacker, and canoed down the Columbia River. She graduated from San Diego State University, where her non-academic interests included women's rights, NOW, and many groups that fostered equality. She continued to espouse those compassionate values her entire life, always caring for those who needed "a little help from a friend," to paraphrase Sir Paul McCartney and John Lennon. In the workplace, she was involved heavily with the Municipal Employee's Association (MEA) Union, and was a board member of MEA for several years. She also served on many city committees, most notably the Diversity Committee. Her values, life of service, and commitment to equality helped to shine the world. Her personal life revolved around her two sons, Bryan R. Caldwell of Kirkland, WA, and Kyle B. Caldwell of Seattle. Her biggest regret was not seeing Kyle and his fiancÃ©e, Paula Olson, be married this coming July. Rose had a protracted battle with cancer, and won. But the radiation seed implants that abolished the cancer ended up being worse, with more extended clashes that ultimately took her life. She always had bravery and grace, and humor in the face of pain. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mauro and Aurora Morales, and is survived by her brother, Joe (Suzie) Morales, nephew Joey (Meg) Morales and family, ex-husband Bob Caldwell, and of course Bryan and Kyle. She will be sorely missed by her many friends and colleagues, and her caregivers of the past few years. The world is a much better place to have had Rose in it. It will feel like a poorer place without her smile, wit, grace, and elegance. A celebration of her life will be held at the War Memorial Building in Balboa Park, Saturday, May 20th, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM. Hawaii is the theme; food will be provided. Interment in a niche at El Camino Memorial Park on Sunday, May 21st at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be given to the San Diego Parks and Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation Department, Balboa Park War Memorial Building, San Diego, CA 92101.
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