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Rose Burton is a recurring character in The Waltons. She first appears in Season 8 as a cousin of Olivia. She has two grandchildren, Jeffrey and Serena, and all three of them move into the household to help when Olivia becomes ill.


Rose is a heavyset woman who looks to be in her late 50s/early 60s. She typically dresses in long robes.


Rose is old school when it comes to raising her grandchildren. She believes in proper manners (but not to the extent of Corabeth Walton Godsey). In The Spirit, it is revealed that she wants Jeffrey to believe in Santa Claus as long as he can, because she wouldn't be able to take the heartbreak when he doesn't. In later episodes, she becomes romantically involved with Stanley Perkins, but she's afraid her weight will turn him off.

In an attempt to get fit, Rose pushes herself too far, which causes her to collapse and the doctor warns her that a heart attack looms on the horizon if she doesn't change her ways. Eventually, Stanley proposes to her, and she initially declines, however, this would be short-lived as he would be leaving shortly. Rose finally accepts his proposal.