Rose was born on Jan. 17, 1951 in Edgemont, S.D. where she lived on a ranch for 15 years and attended school in a one-room schoolhouse.
She moved to Hawthorne with her mother and siblings in 1966 after her parents separated. Rose attended Mineral County High School, graduating in 1969.
In 1968, she married John Tommila, Sr. and the couple owned and operated John’s Auto Body in the 1970’s.
Her favorite job was as a Keno runner at the El Capitan. She enjoyed the personalities of the community which she saw each day. She would retire from the Hawthorne Army Depot after working for 30 years as a traffic control specialist and guard in 2013.
Rose raised her five amazing children in Hawthorne, a place she called home as she loved the sense of community and the people who made Hawthorne – Hawthorne. In Hawthorne, it was not uncommon for the friends of her children to find a second home with Rose, where sleep-over morning ended with a pancake and bacon breakfast.
Rose, a grandmother and mother will be forever lovingly remembered by her five children and her in-laws: John (Dana) Tommila, Mark (Melissa) Tommila, Travis (Jessica) Tommila, David Sellers and Amber (Tommy) Fitzer.
She will also be fondly remembered as the most wonderful grandmother to 13 grandchildren she enjoyed raising and watching grow: Alexis; Paris; Tristin; Taegen; Addison; Seth; Collin; Finley; Gavin; Cole; Tommie; Rylie and Charlie, as well as her two stepchildren, which she adored: Eric Tommila and Laura Dickison.
Rose will be forever remembered her siblings: Mickey (Roy) Carpenter, Verdale (Jim) Metzger and Edward (Anita) Robinson.She leaves behind numerous family. In her lifetime, she was able to call friends, Bobby and Margaret Sasser, Trooper Munden and Jodie and Tom O’Donohue – family.
She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Robinson; mother, Beulah (Arvid) Tommila and brothers: Robert Gary Robinson and Arthur Eugene Robinson.
A Celebration of Life for Rose Ann will be held on Saturday, July 29 at Lions Park in Hawthorne. Please bring your favorite potluck dish.
Her children want you to know that Rose was the “Mom”. The go-to person if you ever needed help or an honest, blunt opinion. She had a heart of giving and she felt every good thing and every tragedy in the world and wished she could change it and make the world a better place. A true “Miss America”. Her heart was so pure, that she couldn’t stay mad or hold any hatred towards anyone or anything. Rose loved her garden, animals and family above anything else.
Those who so desire may make memorial donations to the “puppy pound” in the name of Rose Sellers. Please mail donations to Mineral County Animal Control, P.O. Box 2290, Hawthorne, NV 89415. Please make sure to write on your check: Animal Control donation in memory of Rose Sellers.