Honors Student Loses Battle With Cancer

A beautiful rose.

That's how former teachers and friends remember Rose Bui.  She was pretty, smart, and left a lasting impression on Biloxi High.

Betty Jean Hughes was Rose's Latin teacher. She said "She was the kind of student every teacher dreams of, and she was energetic, and full of life".

Her friend Jacqueline Daneault said "Everywhere she went, she just shined. She had such a light about her. Everyone wanted to know her".

Everybody who met Rose, immediately fell in love with her.

Daneault said "She inspired me to Key Club and I became the president of Key Club probably because I saw her".

Rose graduated Valedictorian of her class in 2001, and was inducted into the Old Miss Hall of Fame. Despite Rose's long list of academic achievements, friends remember her most for heading up projects to help her community.

Mallory Trochesset said "She just had such a passion and a dedication to service".

One such passion was collecting caps for kids stricken with cancer. How ironic that in her senior year at Ole Miss, it was cancer that took her life.

Daneault said "When I got the call that she didn't make it, I think I went through shock. It really was overwhelming".

Rose had so many dreams.

Trochesset said "We kind of planned out our future. She was going to be the first female president and we just knew she could achieve that if she wanted to".

Assistant Principal Gayle Bentz said "I know that she would have had an impact on this country, and probably the world with her abilities and her leadership".

The International Studies major wanted to change the world and make it a better place. In a way, she already has achieved that goal.

Bentz said "This quote that she wrote in her yearbook says with God's grace, gifts and guidance, all things are possible, including the impossible. She lived by that".

Hughes said "I'm sure we have an angel in heaven looking over us".

Visitation for Rose Bui is set for Thursday and Friday night from 5 P.M. - 7 P.M. at Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home in Biloxi. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 A.M. at Vietnamese Martyrs Catholic Church on Oak Street. Burial follows at Biloxi City Cemetery.