Rosemary S. Pendleton, "Sandy"
Rosemary S. Pendleton passed away at age 95, in Boise, ID, on June 3, 2014. Rosemary, known by many as Sandy, was born on May 5, 1919, in Yakima, WA, the oldest child of Lester and Odelia (Dubuque) Schwaegler. Rosemary attended Catholic schools in Yakima, then went on to Marylhurst College in Portland, OR, where she earned a B.A. in 1940. After graduate work at the School of Social Work, University of Washington in Seattle, she began a social work career with Catholic Charities in Sacramento, CA.
On September 13, 1944, she married Lt. James (Jim) L. Pendleton, in Pittsburgh, PA. When he was discharged in 1945, they moved to Vashon Island, WA, where they raised their three children. During their married life, Jim's career in international engineering took them around the northwest and to many fascinating parts of the world. They lived and made friends in Washington, Idaho, Iraq, Turkey, Pakistan, Vietnam, Singapore and Zaire.
Jim retired from Morrison Knudsen Int'l in 1982, and they settled in Boise, ID. In Boise they paid taxes, golfed, played bridge, fished, skied (Sandy only) and socialized with family and friends. Much of the year was 'on the road': annual visits to Vashon Is, WA, summers and Puerto Vallarta, Mex. winters. They journeyed around the US, attending reunions, weddings, anniversaries, visiting friends, relatives and old classmates. Trips abroad took them to Israel to visit the holy sites of Christendom; to Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore for Elder Hostels, America Cup races, and to renew friendships.
After 54 years of marriage, Jim passed away in 1998, leaving Sandy comfortably set to write the next chapter of her life. She continued a lively social life: golf, bridge, biking, travel, concerts, volunteering, parties and family get-togethers. Her circle of friends included people of all ages, from her church, golfing buddies, a regular bridge four-some, the neighborhood social group, her doctors' offices, folks at Boise Philharmonic and the Boise Open golf tournament, where she volunteered. She continued her annual winter get-away to sunny Mexico, now accompanied by her daughters; summer trips to Vashon Is to connect with her extended family and cook up more blackberry jam; and trips to MKI reunions. She was proud to live independently in her own home until age caught up with her in the last few months.
Sandy was loved and admired by many people for her cheerful enjoyment of life, her optimism and her readiness to make new friends wherever she went. Many people will be saddened that her smile has dimmed.
Rosemary's parents and two siblings preceded her in death. She is survived by 4 siblings: Patricia (Patsy) Mueller, Lester (Bud), Richard (Dick), and Teresa Bourke all of Washington; her three children: Leslie and Mike Flynn, Jim (Jamie) Pendleton and Marilyn Plummer of Boise, Lynne Pendleton of Bellingham, WA; grandson, Scott and Julie (Curran) Flynn and children, Derrick, Bailey, Marcus; grandson Kevin Flynn and Amber Day, all of Boise; and many nieces and nephews on both sides of the family.
A funeral mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 17, at 2:00 pm in St John's Cathedral, followed by a celebration of Sandy's life downstairs in the church social hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a local food bank. A mass and internment of both Rosemary and Jim will be held in Yakima, WA, on July 1, at 11:00 am at St Paul's Church and Calvary Cemetery.
Published in Idaho Statesman on June 15, 2014