Ann Skinner Rose
Ann Skinner Rose
  • July 18, 1933 - August 12, 2017
  • Richmond, Virginia

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ROSE, Ann Skinner, died peacefully Saturday morning, August 12, 2017. She led a rich and interesting life and will be missed greatly by her large family and many, many friends. She was 84. Ann grew up on Hanover Avenue in The Fan, the only child of Judge Cliff Skinner and Agnes Skinner. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and Greenbrier College.

She lived her whole life in the Richmond area and spent many vibrant decades living in Powhatan County with the leading man of her life, Dick Rose. They raised three children, Richard, Page, and Carter. In her later years, she lived on Oak Lane in Richmond's West End, close to many of the people and places she most loved. Ann was blessed with a sharp and quirky sense of humor. She made everyone laugh. She loved listening to other people's stories and telling her own. She was drawn to strangers and quickly made them friends. She adored dogs. She's still remembered for her raucous, elegant parties at Malvern. Ann's taste was perfect and original. Her wardrobe astounded everyone. Her eldest granddaughter, Amanda, wrote that Grandma "kept me laughing until the very end and I can't wait until I see her again one day."

She is survived by her children, Richard H. Rose III and his wife, Eileen, of Los Angeles; Page Rayner and her husband, Bobby, of Richmond and Carter Rose and his wife, Ashley, of Richmond. Ann was proud of and delighted by her grandchildren, Amanda, Mason and Hunt Rayner; Morgan, Harrison and Hannah Rose. She left many close friends, too numerous to name in this short space, though no story of Ann's life would be complete without mentioning Mary McDaniel, who was with her through it all. Bea Cox was a special companion for three decades. For the past two years, Ann received loving care, first at Elmcroft, later at Westport. The family thanks the kind and skillful professionals who helped Ann in her final years. The world without Ann will be a duller, less colorful place. But her spirit will make us laugh for years to come.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, August 17, at Woody Funeral Home, 1771 North Parham Road. A graveside memorial service will be held at Hollywood Cemetery, 11 a.m. Friday, August 18.