Family and Friends Mourn the Loss of Violet Jean Rose

September 25, 1949 – April 12, 2021

Violet Jean Rose truly lived up to the beautiful name she possessed. As a resident of San Bernardino for nearly 50 years, you could find her in her uncle’s music store from a teen on up. Violet had a gift for knowing good music. As an adult she would manage AMC music store and would hire many from the community. Most were given their first opportunity of employment because of her generosity. While dividing her time between both her father’s newspaper business, the San Bernardino American News, and Alvin’s Music Center, she made the decision to further her education. Violet would become a sign language interpreter for the State of California. She was an educator of the deaf for over 20 years. In her free time she would plan numerous unforgettable parties. Violet retired from the California School for the Deaf of Riverside, and would later reside in the city of Riverside. Violet Jean made her Christian dedication as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on July 17, 1970. She would spend the remainder of her life enjoying her Christian ministry, her family, good food, and loving friends. Violet Rose fell asleep in death on Monday April 12, 2021. She leaves to cherish the memory of her beautiful smile and tender heart, her children, Michael Ponder Jr., Jennifer Baker, Lymond Ponder, and a bonus daughter La Tresa Ponder. Her grandchildren, Jemeryn Jenkins, Jeanise Sayre (Duayne), Ronnie Baker III and her great-grand daughter Jolie Rose Sayre. Her siblings, Mary “Flo” Harris (Clifton), Samuel Martin Jr. (Barbara), and Barry Martin (Monique). As well as a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

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