We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Forest Park Funeral Home
Rose Ella Buhrer, 78, of Shreveport, Louisiana, died Friday, April 8, 2022, in her home where she raised her children and lived for 54 years.
She was born on February 27, 1944, to Ileene Morgan and Duleth Garrison in Avawam, Kentucky. She was proud of her Smoky Mountain roots and claimed that having one leg slightly shorter than the other was a genetic adaptation common in the folks of that area that allowed them to walk more easily along the slope of a mountain. An Air Force brat, she lived with her parents and sister in Japan during early childhood, then Mississippi, Oklahoma, and California. Middle school took them to the Marshall Islands, then Hawaii. She finished high school in Waco, Texas, graduating in 1962 from China Springs High School. It was in Waco that she married Jim Buhrer and started her family with the birth of their son, Matt. After Jim’s Air Force service was up, they followed a job lead and settled in Shreveport, Louisiana. A few years later, their household welcomed a daughter, Jennifer. Rosie and Jim divorced, but remained in the Shreveport area for the rest of their lives.
Rosie worked in the childcare, hotel, and construction industries, settling into a role as Executive Secretary of Integrity, Incorporated, where she worked until retirement. She was an avid writer, contributing to periodicals and poetry collections; eventually self-publishing two novels under the pseudonym, Holly Lynne Rose. Her novels are still available in digital format on Amazon.com. She was an exceptionally talented seamstress, quilter, and needle-worker. She painstakingly needlepointed many of the beautiful red kneelers at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. She made her own wedding dress, as well as all of Jennifer’s formal dresses and wedding gown. In her retirement years she took up crocheting blankets for all the grandbabies and great grandbabies, and making sweet hats and baby clothes to donate.
She was a storyteller. Her penchant for drama was as much a part of her as her creative and professional accomplishments; her eccentricity a part of her genius. There was a method to her madness, or madness to her method, she would say. She was a homebody even before orthopedic troubles slowed her down. She was a collector, a bookworm, a movie-aholic. She memorized random trivia and scribbled thoughts and ideas in book margins, random notebooks, and on a million tiny pieces of paper. She would watch the same movies over and over and over to dissect the plot and character development…all fodder for future stories. She would hole up for weeks, ignoring all else, to get a particularly good idea on paper. She could type 100 words per minute with 99% accuracy on a DVORAK keyboard. She stored her manuscripts in the freezer so they’d have a chance at surviving if there was a fire. She loved animals, especially cats, and had a huge, snotty, blubbering, soft spot for animal rescue stories. In fact, she could watch the most graphic, violent war movie without any concern, but Turner & Hooch was just…too…much.
She was a big personality with big feelings and big opinions. Her mercurial nature meant she sometimes neglected relationships and her own self, for that matter. To those who have been in her life all these years, she loved you hard (even when she wasn’t speaking to you)....and she will 100% haunt you if you ever hurt a cat.
She is survived by her archnemesis, I mean, sister, Linda; her two children, Matt and Jennifer; Grandchildren Zach, Chris, Holly, Rainer, and Fehn; and great-grandchildren Nathan, Sadie, Autumn, Alex, Daisy, Henry, and Fern. All of whom are almost as crazy as her, and some of whom are almost as crotchety.
A memorial reception will be held at Forest Park Funeral Home at 1201 Louisiana Avenue in the Magnolia State Room on May 4, 2022, from 5pm to 7pm. Her ashes will be taken to her beloved Kentucky mountains. If you wish to make a donation in her memory, Chimp Haven was one of her favorite non-profit animal rescues. http://chimphaven.org/waystogive