Rosalie Charlotte Oates



    May 25, 1923 - February 13, 2017


    Rosalie Charlotte Oates, a resident of Medford, Oregon passed from this life February 13, 2017. She was born Rosalie Charlotte Wolf May 25, 1923 in Eureka, Utah to Rosalie Kratzer Wolf and Ernest William Wolf. Her early years were spent in Eureka and Goshen, Utah.


    Rosalie attended Utah State University and became a teacher in Ogden, Utah. Deciding that she wanted to travel, she became one of the first group of stewardesses employed by Pan American Airways in 1946. She traveled to the Pacific and met and married Carl Oates, a Pan Am operations officer stationed on Canton Island in the South Pacific. The couple lived in Seattle, Washington; Belmont, California; Manila, Philippines; and New York before finally retiring to Ashland, Ore. in 1977.


    In retirement, Rosalie enjoyed reading and gardening. She volunteered at OSF for 15 years and at the Pacific Northwest Museum of Natural History in Ashland for three years. Rosalie was an expert seamstress and an accomplished quilter. She was an active member of Hands All Around quilters in Ashland. For many years, Rosalie knitted teddy bears that were distributed to local non-profits.


    Rosalie possessed a lively curiosity and heartfelt interest in the welfare of others. She was a devoted wife and mother. She is survived by three children, Mary E. Oates of Monterey, Calif.; Jonathan H. Oates of Killeen, Texas and; Carolyn A. Oates of Medford, Ore.

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