Joan Elizabeth Rose was born on December 27, 1933 in Jacksonville, Florida; she was the ninth and youngest child of Robert and Mary Rose. Like many families during the Depression, the Roses were not able to provide gifts for their children at Christmas, so the younger children went to the Florida Theater on Christmas Eve 1935, where the Salvation Army handed out stockings with an orange, apple, candy and a toy to each child. Little Joan became ill after standing outside in the cold and suffered convulsions later that night. She died of pneumonia the next day and was buried two days later, on her second birthday, at Evergreen Cemetery in Jacksonville. Her older brother, J.D., and her mother Mary are now buried with her there.