Our beloved matriarch passed away peacefully on August 5, 2020, after a short battle with cancer. She leaves behind an inspiring legacy of love and selflessness. She was born to Ross Holt and Ada Massey on May 24, 1948, in Radville, Saskatchewan. She adored her parents and enjoyed a childhood of music, dancing, athletics, family pets, and visits to the lake and farm. She started her own family in 1969 when she married Stanley Gordon Softley, and remained by his side for the next 51 years. Shortly afterwards, they joined the LDS church and became a forever family. In those early years, she modestly hoped that she would eventually have enough family to fill an entire pew, a goal she accomplished many times over. She was a true believer in the gospel of Jesus Christ and showed it with a life of service. She loved making gift boxes for needy children and military personnel, giving stuffed animals for every occasion, and secretly delivering treats to her many friends. She was one of the original volunteers and founding supporters of the Airdrie Festival of Lights, Western Canada’s largest free outdoor Christmas light display. She hosted epic holiday dinners where no detail was too small. She had an enduring love for family history, resulting in an extended family adventure across the USA and Canada in a converted school bus to find her ancestors. Her sense of adventure eventually brought her to Provo, Utah, where she helped run and decorate the Flags and Stuff store with her hubby for almost 20 years. She set the example all the way to the end by facing death with faith and without fear. She knew that she would sing again and looked forward to a wonderful reunion with many loved ones. Our thoughts are with you until we meet again and join you in song. She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandchild. She is survived by her husband Stanley Gordon; her children, Christine Graham (Kevin), Tracey Minaker (Dave), Daniel (Kimberly Hanks), David (Jennifer DeLoura), Jennifer Restivo (John); 25 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; her sister Merrilee; her brother Wally; and several nieces and nephews.
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On behalf of the board of Directors, we'd like to offer our sincere condolences to the entire family. Rose played an integral part in establishing the Airdrie Festival of Lights back in 1996 with Stan, and we are forever grateful for the contribution of the Softley family, in bringing this amazing event and organization to light! May she rest in peace, and you all find comfort in the cherished memories you've shared.
I'm so sorry for your loss. I have always loved supporting "our" flag store in Provo and have felt a love for both Rosanne and Stan, as they always made us feel welcome and loved in their store. You are wonderful, patriotic people and I hope, Stan, you know you have a lot of support here in Provo. I had no idea she was ill. Please know that you are in our prayers and I pray for comfort for you and your family, Stan. Thanks to you both for adding a wonderful piece of heaven and patriotism in Provo.