Ro Eugene's children honor her memory

Ro Eugene. Courtesty of the Eugene Family.

Cleveland Heights lost a real gem. Roslyn "Ro" Eugene died suddenly on May 7 after celebrating every day of her 79 years. Ro’s children remember her as an activist. When her two eldest children came home from Coventry School, after a beating delivered by two kids who lived around the corner, Ro sprang into action. She rounded up her husband and five children and visited the home of the culprits. There, both families shook hands, sang songs and created "Coventry Kids for Peace," which may have been the beginning of the community movement that eventually erected the Peace Arch on Coventry Road.

Ro Eugene was committed to childhood education. She founded the Westshore Montessori School in the early 1960s; taught at Ruffing Montessori; and directed Heights Montessori until her retirement at age 70. Ro celebrated more than 40 years of sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous, where her life experience became the fabric of her support to scores of friends and those she sponsored. She touched many lives and will be remembered by the "Ro-isms" that guided her, such as "Do the next right thing" and "That was then, this is now."

Roslyn Eugene’s life was celebrated recently by a full house at St. Cecilia’s in Cleveland. A banner hung from the rafter, reminding all in attendance of Ro’s mantra, "LuvUAll," which she had on her license plates—and she meant it!

Written by the Eugene family, a wonderfully diverse bunch of kids who, in celebration of the their mom’s passing, are learning to love more and more.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 9:55 AM, 05.22.2009