Rose History Auditorium was recently the setting for two special events: a birthday celebration for Myrt Rose, prominent Marco Island resident and philanthropist, and the unveiling of a large-size oil painting featuring both Myrt and her husband businessman Bill Rose, who passed away in 2010.
Rose told her more than 70 guests how she spent the morning buzzing her neighbors in her antique ‘41 Piper Cub, which she affectionately calls Winston, and then jokingly sai
d, “That recent newspaper article you may have read about me was totally inaccurate. I am only forty-one years old.”
Rose received an unexpected birthday gift from Florida State Representative Kathleen Passidomo. She was presented with a Proclamation commending her for her longand meritorious service to the Marco Island community.
The 4’ x 8’ portrait, painted by well-known Naples artist Stephen Muldoon, was commissioned by Rose and took close to 8 months to complete. The painting features both of the Roses and several vignettes of their favorite memories: the Rosie O’Shea, a riverboat style cruise ship and restaurant that once graced Marco waters; the Ramblin’ Rose, the Rose family yacht; Rose Marina; the Grumman Goose, Bill’s seaplane; and a biplane with Myrt walking the wing, a dare-devil act she performed at one time around the country. It will hang in the Rose History Auditorium, the building that was made possible as a result of the generosity of Bill and Myrt Rose.