Rose Lake

Rose M. Lake (Burgess)

Sunday, October 30th, 1960 - Monday, August 17th, 2020
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Rose M. Lake, age 59, a resident of Bennington, Vermont, passed away, unexpectedly, on August 17, 2020.

Rose was born in Bennington, VT on October 30, 1960 and was the daughter of the late Chester and Alberta (VanOrman) Burgess. She received her education the Bennington school district. Rose attended the Community College of Vermont studying Human Services, and dedicated her life to that field. She spent much of her life as an advocate and counselor both at the Aids Project of Southern Vermont and Vermont Center for Independent Living. She, proudly, volunteered at Project Against Violent Encounters.

Rose is survived by her husband Warren Lake; her children: David Merriam (Kristina Nadeau), Marybeth Merriam (Colby Hill), Christina Merriam Crowe and Katelyn (Katie) Lake all of Bennington, VT. Rose leaves behind her grandchildren: Taylor & Colby Hill; Brooklyn, Carson & Daniel Merriam; Kendall Carey & Kaitlin Banks- Hema loves you dearly. Rose is survived by her sister; Donna Wright of Woodford, VT and brothers: Richard Burgess of Tennessee, Jimmy Burgess of Bennington, VT and Chester Randall of New Mexico, as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family.

Rose enjoyed the outdoors, playing “Skippo” and dice with her family and friends (especially with Gramma B!!), as well as, listening to Country Music. She was a huge fan of the “The Grinch”, Dale Earnhardt, Elvis Presley and the many pets she had over the years, especially Kabota. She enjoyed her Sunday mornings attending services at Harvest Christian Ministries; she was most at peace when she was worshiping The Lord. Rose loved spending quality time with family. Family, to her, meant all of those she loved. She had a gigantic heart and will forever be remembered by all for how much of herself she gave. Leebs Lebert expressed it best by saying, “Your true kindness and love, not to mention quite possibly the best hugs from anyone, will truly be missed.” Shortly before she passed, she told Marybeth that she wanted us all to know “not to say mean things to people”, she “loves everybody” and “life is too short- don’t live with regret”. We love you too Mom.

Due to the COVID Protocols, services were held privately for Rose’s family.

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Anna Livingston

Posted at 08:43am
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Joann Hoover

Posted at 05:13pm
My childhood friend with whom we were always in trouble. I could always talk to her about anything and she did have a big heart and would listen. You will be missed my friend. Rest in peace.

Denise (Severs) Taff

Posted at 03:49pm
I knew Rosie from living on Earls Drive. She was always friendly and chatty. She will be missed by all who knew her. Rest In Peace Rose. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

Amanda Davis Grikstas

Posted at 03:05pm
Aunt wosie-
I can still hear your voice saying "I love you Tishy"
I can still see your smile. You loved whole heartedly and unconditionally❤ I wish so much that I could have seen you before you left us. You will always be in my heart. I love you and your family so much!

Anna Johnson

Posted at 06:45pm
I'm Chester and Jeanie daughter Anna Burgess, I hadn't meet none of my dad side of family. I only met them over the phone. I would call grandma and grandpa Burgess every Sunday never meet them either but we felt like we did that how close we got. Grandma gave me ain't Rose number and I got brave and called her then we called every Sunday to. Our saying is before we hang up I would say I LOVE YOU PASSED THE SKY, SHE SAY I LOVE YOU DEEPER THEM THE OCEAN. I wish I could have met them in person but they are away in my heart my tears aren't hurting 😭 tears there heart warm one. I love u all God Bless love u
Anna Burgess Johnson

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