Rose was born September 13, 1928, in Monroeville, Indiana. Her family owned a salvage business and in 1932 moved to Montpelier, Indiana. By the age of 12, Rose had been taught to use a welding/cutting torch by her older brother, Sam. Rose worked alongside her father, cutting down old trucks, cars, farm machinery and other salvageable objects, sometimes “inventing” things. One of her many jobs was working as a riveter in a local factory. The entire town called her “Rosie the Riveter”, a popular song at the time, which she loved! After graduating from high school, Rose attended Indiana State before moving to Mt. Pleasant. For a short time she attended Michigan State, during which time she dated Robert Traines. They were married June 25, 1949. Rose graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech in 1951. With a continued interest in metal sculpting, Rose created hundreds of works of art which were either sold or donated. Many of her fascinating and clever works are still on display in the Mt. Pleasant community.