Rosalind “Roz” Catharine Dina was born in San Diego, CA at 6:07 PM on August 14, 1949 at Mercy Hospital. She was the third child and only daughter of Helen Rosalind Martin and Salvatore Bernard Dina. She joined her two older brothers Don and Douglas (Doug). The family moved to Los Altos, CA in December 1951. Her third brother, Alan (Al) was born August 25, 1953. They enjoyed childhood close to orchards and the beauty of the surrounding area. She graduated from Los Altos High School, class of 1967.
She met John Hancock Lawrence III in 1980, and moved to Wenatchee, WA in 1983 where her only son, John Hancock Lawrence IV, was born on June 30, 1983. During her pregnancy with John, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and began treatment shortly after his birth. Her treatment was a success, and she lived cancer free and in complete remission until June 2017.
In the summer of 1984, Roz, John, Baby John, and their cat Figueroa (who thought he was a dog) purchased an old yellow school bus, loaded it with all their worldly possessions, and drove across the country to Orlando, Florida. It was in Florida that Roz made her full recovery and worked in a hydroponic green house, and loved that she got perfectly fresh tomatoes every day.
In 1985 the family returned to the California Bay Area where John returned to work at the shipyards in South San Francisco and Roz went to work for a property investment company as an accountant. She was well known as highly capable at solving problems, always trustworthy and very ethical. She worked very hard and was very proud of the high quality of work she accomplished. Roz always wanted to do things the right way and would never take short cuts.
Roz was an avid artist. She moved to Hawaii with her son John in 1994 to a town called Holualoa where she learned to Batik fabrics and other artistic crafts. She worked at a Holistic Medicine Clinic and loved being the office manager. After a few years Roz and John returned to Mountain View, CA seeking a better job and more money, but also returned home to help her aging parents and give her son John a better high school education.
In 2013, after losing many family members and becoming tired of living in California, Roz decided to seek a new adventure and retired from her job at WDM Inc., a job she’d kept since 1997 and moved to Billings, Montana to be closer to her lifelong friend, Mona Harris. She adapted rapidly and was never bored by the weather. Roz was able to fully invest in her hobbies while in Billings, and spent many hours quilting and sewing beautiful quilts.
Having joined the Navy in 2007, her son had moved to Naples, Italy in 2014 and Roz was able to fulfill both her and her father’s lifelong dream of traveling to Ventimiglia di Sicilia, the home of the family’s ancestors. She loved the culture, the food and the climate in Italy, and she was able to visit three times during the three years her son was in Italy.
On the afternoon of July 3, 2017, Roz passed away peacefully. Roz was being visited and comforted by her son and many family members at the Billings Clinic at the time of her passing. Roz was 67 years old. She is survived by her son, her three brothers, and three nieces and nephews as well as countless friends.