Going a little out of order on my topics... Still I wish that you may please enjoy topic #9!
July 20 1954, Marcia Varine Yarde - Rose was born in St. Lucia, West Indies.
Ms. Yarde - Rose migrated to the United States, by way of New York, indefinitely nested in Los Angeles - where she also mastered her art. She spent 35 of her years serving our community as a LAUSD teacher.
The first LAUSD school she worked for was Broadus Elementary School, in Pacoima.
She also had two daughters, she saw to it that they were not left behind, where ever she was...It was certain- they weren't too far behind.
It was her belief that her daughters could have anything they asked God for the strength to attain. In her mind, there was no task to big to accomplish.
Daily she sang, "All things are possible, with Gods help!!".
She raised her daughters to love God 1st then learning. She helped them learn and grow to love the arts, culture, music, healthy foods, and traveling just as much as she did.
Her oldest daughter was her pride and joy. She attained her registered nursing (RN) license here in California and worked as a nurse at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Los Angeles. After becoming a RN, her eldest daughter left California- to further advance herself via education. She went on to graduate from medical school at Univeridad de Montemorelos in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Her daughter, Dr. Alexandra Rose, later went on to serve as an international medical graduate family practice residency at UCLA, Santa Monica.
Her youngest daughter - the founder of The Rose Yarde - "Nurse Rose" Arlene, - well....she started her professional career differently. She always had emotional troubles, was pregnant by the age of 16; which terribly troubled Ms. Yarde Rose. Her youngest daughter later went on to have three more children, get married, and subsequently get divorced; however she also continued studying after graduating high-school. At the age of 17, with a new baby, a high-school diploma, and nothing more...Ms. Yarde - Rose sent her young daughter to the Universidad de Montemorelos to study nursing while her sister studied medicine.
Many felt that Ms. Yarde - Rose shouldn't have sent her daughters to live in Mexico; however she felt it was one of the best decisions she could have made for them. At the end of the day, Ms. Yarde - Rose was pleased that both of her daughters were fluent in medical grade Spanish. She wanted both of her daughters to continue studying in Mexico; however her younger daughter was very against this. Ms. Yarde - Rose knew anything her youngest daughter was against was just not happening.
After returning from Mexico, her youngest daughter started working as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in Santa Monica. Her youngest daughter also continued studying in this time; however she did so in steps. She went from CNA to licensed vocational nurse, then to registered nurse (RN), then to an Associates degree RN, then Bachelors degree in nursing, Masters degree in nursing, and finally a Post-Masters prepared advance practice registered nurse practitioner. She encouraged her youngest daughter to apply to the PhD program at UCLA school of nursing, which her daughter considered.
Ms. Yarde Rose was a married woman, yet a single mom- she made sure her daughters wanted for nothing...when she could. She sent her daughters to spend summers and winter breaks in her country, the countries of her parents, and even sent her girls to the country of her estranged husband. She sent her daughters to spend time in St. Lucia, Barbados- to visit her dads family, Martinique-to visit her mothers family, and even sent them to Jamaica-to visit their fathers family. She also made sure her daughters were able to attend every eligible school trip. Her daughters went to France, Italy, Washington, Virginia, Maryland, and even Catalina island.
Other times were not so picturesque.
For a few years when her daughters were in elementary school, there was marriage troubles between Ms. Yarde Rose - and her husband (before he became estranged). One of these troubles led her to take her and her girls to live in the trailer in the backyard of one of her friends. It was just the three of them after this- mother and her two daughters.
Also during this time Ms. Yarde Rose was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. This is what may have been noted as the culprit of her death.... Even though, her daughter has a different theory...(This is a story for another time!)
Well, to conclude...Ms. Yarde - Rose taught her daughters to bloom. This is how we came up with the name, The Rose Yarde - it was the place where her daughters grew int0 beautiful strong Roses.
The Rose Yarde, this was where we grew up, my sister and I. Existing in our trailer, in a backyard, in Pacoima, - this was our prison, our home - concrete, dirt, and metal. Our mother taught us that the only way out, was growing in the midst of it all....this goes along with the concept that...
Roses still do grow in even the most desolate of yardes....
Roses are beautiful, shameless, thorn embraced, powerful, fragrant, and potent.
They are magical beings....Uniquely roses still grow through it all...
Recovery is possible at The Rose Yarde.
The Rose Yarde
PO BOX 920121
Sylmar, CA 91342