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03/01/1931 — 11/27/2022
From Richland, WA
Rosella Mae Cuffin passed peacefully at the Hospice House in Kennewick, WA on November 27 th , 2022.
She was the daughter of Ingvald and Amanda M (Lofgren) Skare, born March 1 st , 1931, in Fairdale, Walsh
County, North Dakota. When Rose was about nine her family moved to the Kalispell area where she was
raised in the Flathead valley of Montana and graduated from Flathead County High School. She
considered herself pure Norwegian though there was a little Swede in her roots too!
She married Elwood “Woody” Clark Henry in 1949. To this union was born her son, Dennis Henry.
Woody and Rose divorced shortly after their child’s birth. She married Curtis Johnson in 1956, though
again the marriage ended in a few years. Then she married the love of her life, Eldon Cuffin, in 1964. He
passed away in 1988. Her son, Dennis gave his mother the love and support to go on. They were more
than mother and son; they were best friends.
Rose retired after being a receptionist for Dr. Cable here in Richland. She was a member of the Ladies of
the Moose, West Richland, WA and a Life Member of VFW Post Auxiliary 7952 Richland, WA. She spent
her last years with her friends: playing cards, darts, pull tabs, and dominos. She loved to read and Dennis
and her spent many hours doing jigsaw puzzles together. She was loved by those who knew her.
She is predeceased by her parents, her two brothers Allen and Ronald. She leaves behind: son, Dennis
Henry; twin grandsons: Mark Johnson and Mike Johnson living in Kalispell and one granddaughter:
Amanda Johnson in Spokane. Amanda gave her 3 great-grandchildren. She leaves behind: stepchildren:
Sharon Cuffin Cooper, Spokane area; Cindy Cuffin Goodin, Texas; Gordon Cuffin, Larry Cuffin, Duane
Cuffin all from the Spokane area.
At her request there will be no funeral nor viewing. Memorials may be made in her memory to any US
Military Veterans Association or any Cancer research group.
“Say not in grief ‘she is no more’ but live in thankfulness that she was!” a Hebrew proverb.
What they say about you when your gone is only the tip of the iceberg compared to how much you impacted my life as one of your Grandchildren, AKA one of the twins. All the amazing trip and times at Grandma Cuffin’s house. Lots of stories from my time living over in Washington with you and Dad, You will be greatly missed. Love you forever Grandma Rose.
What a wonderful obituary! She lived a good life and was ready to pass on. I will always remember her thoughtfulness sending me birthday cards even though I was no longer married to Dennis. She was like a second mother to me when we lived in the tricities and had the “honor” of taking me to the hospital at one in the morning because the boys were ready to see the world outside of their view.
Dennis and Cuffin Siblings. Rose will be missed terribly. Her recent health issues were devastating to Rose and all her friends and family. She left us all fighting like crazy til she had no fight left and she wanted to reunite with Eldon. She was a great and loyal friend.