Vivian Rose

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Vivian Rose (nee Naismith) (1929 - 31 July 2014) was a Canadian-American nurse and mother. Her great-uncle invented basketball.

Early life

Vivian was born circa 1929 to Peter Naismith (1868-1943) and Eva Coon (1892-1959). Her father was 61 years old, and her mother 37.

Later she was informally adopted by Jessie Houston as a result of her beloved friendship with Jessie's biological daughter Marilyn.

Lineage

Her father, Peter Naismith (1868-1943) had as a father, Peter Naismith (1842-1914), who was the oldest brother of Dr. James Naismith (1861-1939) [1], the inventor of basketball.

Thus her great-grandfather was Peter Naismith (1806-1879), a Scottish immigrant to Almonte, Ontario and font of the many Naismith descendants from there.

Later life

She moved to Bermuda to become a nurse. Later, she settled in the US to start a family.

Family

She married someone named Mr. Rose who was not mentioned in her obituary. She had a daughter named Stephanie, who married a John Devins. Stephanie and John had three children, Victoria, Christopher, and Emily. As of 2014 they all lived in Skaneateles, New York, among the Fingerlakes.

Personality

She had "a fierce Canadian pride, reverence for her Naismith name, love of having fun, and a keen wit."

Death

Vivian died 31 July 2014 at age 85. A private memorial service was held in her home as per her wishes.

Vivian S. (Naismith) Rose passed peacefully on July 31, 2014 at age 85. Born in Almonte, Ontario to the late Peter Naismith and Eva Coon, she spent much of her youth with her beloved friend, Marilyn Houston and family who provided her with endless love and security. Her drive for adventure sent her to Bermuda as a nurse and later to settle in the US to start a family. She will be remembered for her fierce Canadian pride, reverence for her Naismith name, her love of having fun and her keen wit. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and John Devins, and three grandchildren, Victoria, Christopher and Emily of Skaneateles, NY. Per her wishes, a private memorial service was held in her home.
— Millstone News, 30 August 2014

Sources

Millstone News, 30 August 2014