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Missing my loving friend

Deb Davis
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

You may be wondering why I’m writing this. I guess I would just like to share my feelings with readers who may understand what a great loss this community has experienced. Rose Backhaus has inspired many people. I know that despite her death, she will continue to be an inspiration for years to come.

Rosalie Ann Backhaus, also known as Rose and Roz was 54 years old when she went hiking at the San Rafael Swell in Utah last November. She had talked about hiking in a canyon known as Little Wild Horse. Many people searched for her for several weeks, to no avail. Springtime brought answers.

She was born and raised in Metro Denver and married Bill Backhaus. They had two children, Michael and Joanna. Joanna later married Charles Zamora and they have two daughters, Kylie and Ariana. Michael has a son also named Michael. Rose loved her children and grandchildren. She had no trouble at all interacting with one six year old and a couple of two year olds. She loved going fishing with her son Mike whenever he could come up from Denver. Her family will, of course, miss her most of all, though she had several meaningful people in her life. I am very thankful I was one of them. I hope though, that Mike and Joanna will take comfort in the fact that so many others will miss her too.



Rose moved to Glenwood Springs in the late 1990’s. She was the office manager for CopyCopy and through this position she became involved with life in the Roaring Fork Valley. She also worked for several months at the CopyCopy in Conifer before “being called” back to the Valley last year, making New Castle her home.

Rose liked to be one with nature and always had a camera with her. She got into to shape hiking and biking. Although she won’t hike or bike anymore, she still inspires others to take the same trails she had. She told me and others on several occasions, that if she had to “go” she wanted to “go” while hiking. The next time I go hiking with camera in hand, I will have fond memories of times we shared enjoying the outdoors.



I think she would be surprised at how many people are planning to attend her memorial on Saturday. It wouldn’t have occurred to her that she was popular. She made friends at the speed of light. She helped people in many different ways through numerous acts of kindness. I believe everyone that knew her has been at the receiving end of that kindness at one time or another. She will be missed.

I miss her as a loving friend. There is now a void in my life that will be hard to fill. She was a fountain of life’s’ knowledge. She kept me out of trouble using simple lessons that somehow I never learned before. I will miss our walks and talks. Rose lived her life with nature and knew that there was always springtime around each corner. As I travel around each of my corners, my memories of Rose are like those springtimes and will bring gladness to my heart. So long my love, I’ll be seeing ya later.

Memorial Service will be at Sweetwater Lake, today at 1:00 p.m.


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