~~**~~Flora Victoria was born to Alexander Ross and Mary Ann (Bastien)Ross.
**~**She married William Edward Ottaway on Christmas Day 1895.
~*~Flora contracted tuberculosis the same affliction which took her mothers life at such a young age. Flora went away to a sanitorium for her health and when she returned home her husband covered the path to their front door with Rose petals letting her know how much he loved and missed her.
~~They are both buried under a beautiful Rose bush.//Update: June 15 2013.//
Finally resting in place, this headstone records the birth and death of William Edward Ottaway of England and his wife, Flora Victoria Ross. William immigrated to Victoria with his family and they lived in Walpole Cottage on Lover's Lane.
Flora was born on Victoria Day in 1875, in VIctoria. Flora is the daughter of 'Wash Mary', Emily Carr's Salish (Nisqually) laundry woman. Emily Carr titles Chapter 14 of Klee Wyck, 'Wash Mary'. Flora's father, Alexander Ross, was the Metis son of Charles and Isabella Ross.
The Nootka Rose carved on the marker is symbolic of the name of Flora's Salish grandmother, Rose, of the Muck Creek Tribe in Washington.
It is said Grandfather Ottaway strewed the path to their Walpole cottage with roses when Grandmother Ottaway came home from the sanatorium after a long bout with tuberculosis, that eventually killed her. The scripture 'Even so, come Lord Jesus', represents the strong legacy of faith that the Ottaways left for their family.
Bishop Cridge raised Flora's mother, 'Wash Mary' Bastian as a foster child. Then the Bishop and his wife, Mary, gave Flora and William Ottaway their wedding reception in their home at Marifield, after the Ottaways were married on Christmas Day in 1895. The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Arthur Beanlands at Christ Church Cathedral.