Jeanette Wallen Rose passed away at her home on April 26, 2019.
Jeanette came into this world as a bright and beautiful baby girl on her Grandfather, Wallace Wallen's (and Abraham Lincoln's) Birthday, February 12, 1959. Jeanette Rose Wallen was the second out of seven children born to Glen and Donna Mae (Morton) Wallen. All seven children were raised in Moscow, Idaho. If they ever got lost, it was easy for someone to point them towards home as the kids spent most of their childhood just outside of town, proudly living on Wallen Road.
Jeanette and her siblings had numerous adventures together throughout their lives providing many colorful "back in the day" stories for their children and grandchildren. Many of us still wonder how they survived their teen years! One thing is for certain, they had passion (good or bad), they loved to have a good time, and they were fiercely devoted to each other. Their bond is something we can all learn from. It could never be broken, challenged, yes, but never broken.
When Jeanette was a young girl, the family home on Wallen Road caught fire. A Daily Idahonian article touted Jeanette as the "Alert Girl" for being the first to notice the fire. The fire was a defining moment for the family as they lost nearly everything. But, they still had each other, which was all that mattered. They persevered. From this, we believe our mother learned (and taught us), how to make a home, not a house, but a HOME, wherever she was, with whatever she had, including an appreciation for really good home cooking.
Jeanette was a go getter. She graduated early from Moscow High School and started her career working for the Daily Idahonian. While attending high school, Jeanette met Karen Westacott, who became her lifelong best friend. Karen introduced her brother, Steven Roy, to Jeanette. Jeanette and Steve fell in love, married, and had a beautiful baby boy, Adam Glen Roy, who passed away shortly after birth. This tremendous loss irreversibly changed Jeanette's life. They went on to have a daughter, Adina Geniece. Jeanette and Steve later divorced.
Jeanette made a fresh start in Winnemucca, Nevada, where she met Rick Poe. She knew she struck the jackpot. He shared her sense of adventure, creativity, and passion for following and encouraging each other's dreams. They traveled the west coast and happily built their full house with the addition of Chelsea Lorraine, Carson Mackenzie, and Dillon Dean Poe. During this time Jeanette worked as an office manager for Humboldt State University. Rick and Jeanette later divorced and Jeanette returned to Idaho.
Jeanette was deeply connected to nature and found beauty in the finest details: the ripples in the river, a single huckleberry on a stem, or a tiny petal on a flower. She taught us how to love, embrace our creativity, and to try to be as selfless as possible, all while battling the deepest and darkest of thoughts and emotions. Over the years, Jeanette was diagnosed with schizoaffective and bipolar disorder, addiction, and other afflictions. When you have a family member who has had to suffer this path in life, their passing leaves you with tremendous grief about what could have been, a strong desire to not sugarcoat their struggles, and puzzled at how to represent their relationships. As a family, we wish her life hadn't been so challenging, and we deeply hope she is finally at peace.
Jeanette was preceded in death by her infant son, Adam, her mother, Donna Mae, and her brother, Wesley. She is survived by her father Glen, her siblings, Glenda (Dennis), Lorraine, Roxane (Randy), Neal (Tammy), and Gordon (Sue). Her children, Adina (Blake), Chelsea, Carson (Amanda), Dillon (Heidi). Deeply cherished grandchildren, Mackenzie Mae, Preston, Jackson, Reylynn, and Odin. Numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces, and Nephews.
A graveside service at Moscow Cemetery is planned for Thursday, May 2 at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church, 711 Fairview Drive, Moscow, Idaho.
As a family, we wish to express our gratitude to the Moscow and Lewiston Police Departments. With the tremendous lack of mental health resources in the state of Idaho and the nation, these men and women took on an unimaginable role. For many years, with grace and dignity, they helped keep Jeanette safe and helped provide her the support she needed in the best way they knew how. Through the challenges, they worked to keep her family informed, and their service to Jeanette will be remembered.
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