Jo Anne Rose

jo anne rose

February 18, 1929 ~ January 25, 2021

Born in: Detroit, MI
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Jo Anne Rose, 91 passed away peacefully on Monday January 25th, 2021, in Asheville, North Carolina.

She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Allen Rose. Jo Anne was born in Detroit, Michigan, to the late Edward Thomas Davis and Margaret Hughes Davis on February 18th, 1929.

Jo Anne earned an undergraduate degree in English from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, in 1951. She was a very talented artist specializing in the watercolor medium and loved painting many beautiful coastal landscapes. Jo Anne was an avid tennis player and remained very active through her entire life.

Jo Anne always had a great sense of adventure about her and Tom and Jo Anne enjoyed traveling to many different countries during their retirement years. Jo, as some came to know her in her later years, was never afraid to speak her mind, never met a stranger and her warm nature and smile will be greatly missed by all that knew her.

Jo Anne is survived by her daughter, Deborah Rose of New York, NY; son, Douglas Rose and his wife Amy, of Asheville; and granddaughters, Zoe and Ava.

A private crypt side service will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, on Saturday January 30th, 2021.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Asheville Art Museum at: *Please include “Jo Anne Rose Memorial” in the In Memory line


Private Service:

Knollwood Cemetery

Mayfield Heights, OH

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  1. Dear Deb and Doug,
    I have such fond memories of your mother as an energetic and engaged person, talented artist, and as always interested in a good conversation. I offer my condolences to you in this time of loss and grief.

    Jane Tillman

  2. Dear Debbie and Doug, What a beautiful picture of your mother you used – it captured her- I felt like she was with me – I treasure her friendship and yours, Debbie – We would love to hear from you – we always think of the funny story your mother told us about the trip she and your Dad made to Costa del So when we pass by the water color we have that she did there. Fun memories – Love Pam and Barry Pate

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