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Staci Diane Rose Mather

"A True Companion"

A bright shining light, our beautiful Staci took flight on the wings of a fluttering hummingbird on June 19th, 2008. Scleroderma, the cruelest of diseases, took our darling away. Staci was born November 12, 1969 at Holy Cross Hospital to Robert A. Rose and Cheri Stuard Rose. Staci grew up in the Avenues in Salt Lake City. As a small girl, Staci loved ballet, swimming, and school, and working alongside her parents at their clothing store "Image." Surrounding downtown merchants all knew Staci and her brother, J.B.

Staci was a member of the catholic church.

As a teenager, Staci worked at Hogle Zoo for many years, and her love for all living things thrived and grew. She enjoyed many trips to the family cabin in the Uintahs with family and friends who meant everything to her. Friendships from her ten years at Rowland Hall St. Marks and her two years at Judge Memorial (where she was a cheerleader) have been everlasting. Her love of travel began when Staci visited France with her French class at RHSM and one of her favorite teachers, Doug Wortham.

Before her graduation from Rowland Hall, she was devastated by the death of her brother, J.B., her best friend, her confidant. They were so close. She followed in his footsteps, which took her to Malibu, CA and Pepperdine University where she was affiliated with Theta Alpha Phi Sorority. She had another protector to watch over her while there, Joe Walz, her brother's close friend. She completed her studies at the University of Utah and graduated with degrees in Parks, Recreation and Tourism and French.

After college, she pursued a career as a physical trainer. Staci loved every outdoor activity imaginable and with her knowledge of human physiology and with her determination, was the epitome of physical health. Homer, Alaska and its surrounding beauty became one of her favorite places to be.

In early 1999, Staci was introduced to Nelson Mather, they were married July 7, 2000. He was her "true companion." Together they created the type of relationship that many only dream of. The two were inseparable and traveled to many different destinations, never missing their yearly hiatus to Cabo San Lucas. They were truly in love.

Their home in Emigraton Canyon was Staci's sanctuary always embracing the beauty of nature at her back door. She was a loving and caring mom and friend to Nelson's daughter, Ashley. Together they enjoyed many tete de tetes and wonderful times.

Staci was always happy and full of "vim and vinegar," she sparkled with her beautiful smile and dancing eyes. She was forever devoted to her animals. Above all, she had a wonderful sense of humor and loved nothing more than to laugh with her family and friends. Staci was an excellent communicator and kept everyone up to date on the happenings. She consistently lifted the downtrodden, which extended past her furry rescue animals, to people in general. She was sweet, kind, and a beautiful person. Although our hearts are broken, we know, our "bright light" Staci, is now with her father and brother, happy and rejoicing. We will miss her deeply .

She was preceded in death by her father and her brother, J.B. Rose.

Survived by her husband, daughter, Ashley Mather, mother, brothers, Robert (Michele) Rose, and David (Chris) Rose; sisters, Debbra Martin, Lisa (Kenny) Walton, and Kelley (Gregg) Buxton. Aunts, Beverly (Paul) Wollschleger and Dee Taix.

The family wishes to thank her friends, Melina, Karina, Romina, and Christy for the special bond and love they shared throughout her life and particularly during her illness. A special thanks also to Rocky Mountain Hospice for the excellent care they provided.

Services will be held on Tuesday, June 24th at 2:00 p.m. at Neil O'Donnell & Sons Mortuary, 372 E 100 South, Salt Lake City. A Rosary and private viewing were held at earlier times.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her name to the Scleroderma Foundation, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923, www.scleroderma.org or the animal shelter of your choice.