Diane E. (Liljegren) Rosman
June 19, 1965 - September 16, 2019
(formerly of Quincy, WA)
Diane was born in Seattle, WA, attended grades K-8 in Cheney, and was a member of Cheney's EWRA youth swim team. Her favorite exercise was swimming. She worked summers as a lifeguard at the Quincy, WA, swimming pool. She graduated from Quincy High School in 1983, and was a member of the Honor Society and Science Club. She earned a BS degree in Biology from Eastern Washington University in 1987. At EWU, she met Guy Rosman and they were married in 1988. Diane loved the sciences and worked as a research biologist for several companies in the Seattle area. Her professional passion was research on autoimmune diseases. From age 13, she lived with Rheumatoid Arthritis. She was thrilled to work in a field that was developing treatments to improve people's lives. In 1991, she joined Guy at ICOS Biomedical Research Co. As well as doing research, she served as company spokesperson for new biotech treatments. In 2005, a most wonderful event changed her life forever. Through a Seattle adoption agency, Diane and Guy were chosen by a young woman in Vancouver, WA, to be the adoptive parents of her baby-to-be. Diane was invited to be present at delivery, starting her life-long love for Emily at the moment of birth. Diane volunteered in Em's schools and activities, making friends wherever she went. Her fierce optimism and cheerful smile were inspiring. Emily was the joy of her life. Diane passed away peacefully in the Everett Hospice Center, after a two-year battle with oral cancer.
She leaves behind friends and family with happy memories: Guy Rosman; daughter, Emily; parents, Del and Jeannette Liljegren; sister, Jayne Kerns (Tom); aunts; uncles; and cousins, especially, Jeff, Brad, and Curt Bollinger, who were like brothers. She also leaves a loving extended family born from Emily's open adoption.
Our sincere gratitude to the Bothell area Hospice Homecare nurses and to the Everett Hospice Center for their extensive knowledge of medications, care options, and family caregiving education.
When gatherings are again safe, we will have a Celebration of Life. Please call (509) 995-9662 or email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can update you on plans.