ROSEMARY PENA-GOODWATER Born Rosemary Pena on April 10, 1955, to Lucille and Richard Pena, In Loma Linda California. Rose lived most of her life in Riverside, California but found fulfillment among the vines of the Temecula Valley. Rose’s zest for life and patriotic nature led her to answer “the call to arms” where she enlisted in the United States Air Force. The military lifestyle allowed her to participate in many adventures. As a 30 year veteran of the medical field, as an aeromedical technician, Rose was able to obtain an achievement most people couldn’t. She was able to set foot on every continent on earth but one. Her sweet spirit and caring personality touched many people from all walks of life both military and civilian. Rose’s military chapter closed with her retirement on March 8th, 2015. On that same day a new chapter started where, in the final minutes of her military commencement ceremony, she said yes to Russell and officially became engaged to be married. Having been friends for almost their entire time serving together they both realized it was time to make their love permanent. Rose married the love of her life, Russell Goodwater, on Mar 15, 2018, in Riverside, CA with a few friends and family by their side. Rose passed peacefully at home with her husband holding her hand and friends and family close by. Rose is survived by her husband Russell, sister Teresa and brothers Frank, Nick, and Larry. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to England Family Mortuary, Inc.

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  1. My heart is torn, SMSgt Rose Pena, Half of my heart cries because she will be very much missed here on earth. My other half sings she has return to Heavenly Father after a painful fight against cancer. I can’t express into words how much she helped me during many of my check rides. I struggle with extreme test anxiety and she knew that. She was kind and patient, always was able to help me get my anxiety under control. My favorite memory that sticks with me, is she always paid attention to people. I have a thing with PJs. Of course, I always got PJs when we went some where new. I came back from shopping on one of our trips, she came up to me asked “so what did you buy” (smiling) and I said PJs. She laughed knowing my little quirk. That’s when I knew she paid attention to people. She cared.

  2. Russell I am so sorry for your loss. Rose was so special, a joy to work with and you too! Sending hugs and love. Cyndy Page

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