Former first lady Rosanne Ada dies; Guam leaders pay tribute

Former First Lady Rosanne Ada. (Guma Mami photo)

Former First Lady Rosanne Santos Ada has died.

Guam leaders have expressed their condolences and paid tribute to the former first lady.

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero and Lieutenant Governor Josh Tenorio issued the following statements on the passing of former First Lady Rosanne Santos Ada:

“We join Governor Ada, his family, and the island of Guam in mourning former First Lady Rosanne Ada. She truly lived a life marked by compassion, warmth, and love evidenced by her decades of service and commitment to underserved communities. Her legacy will not be forgotten, and we are grateful for all her contributions to the People of Guam,” said Governor Leon Guerrero.

“Throughout her career, Mrs. Ada was at the forefront of championing services for individuals with disabilities. As First Lady, she shared her love and compassion for our island and made it a better place. My condolences to Governor Joseph Ada and their children Eric, Tricia, Esther, and family,” said Lt. Governor Tenorio.

Congressman Michael San Nicolas also expressed his condolences, saying: “Governor Joe Ada and First Lady Roseanne were dear friends of my grandparents the late Speaker Franklin and Julia Quitugua, and remain close to our hearts today. The Quitugua and San Nicolas families extended the fullness of our hearts on the passing of First Lady Roseanne Ada to our dear friend Governor Joe, the family, and the Ada and Santos clans.”

On behalf of the 36th Guam Legislature, Speaker Therese Terlaje sent her sincere condolences to former Governor Joseph Ada and his family on the passing of the former first lady.

Rosanne’s lifelong work and dedication to the people of Guam includes serving as the executive director of the Guam Developmental Disabilities Council and as a board member for Guma’ Mami, among others.

Speaker Therese Terlaje issued a statement paying tribute to Mrs. Ada.

“Mrs. Ada devoted much of her time to helping those in our community who are most in need. We must strive to honor her life achievements by continuing her advocacy in service to our island,” Terlaje said.