Rosemary G. Grady
1919 - 2014 LEE Rosemary G. Grady, 95, formerly of Pleasant Street and 46 Railroad Street, Lee, died peacefully on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Berkshire Medical Center. She was born on April 4, 1919, in Dalton, the daughter of William and Bessie Magnin Abbott. She was educated in Pittsfield and Dalton Schools, graduated from Ray Harte's Tap Dance Academy of Pittsfield, and in her younger years, taught tap dancing. She married Edwin Roy Grady of Lee, on Sep. 1, 1941. She was a well-known Vaudeville professional tap dancer throughout the Berkshires. She and her dancing partner were guest artists at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield and many other local establishments. She was a waitress at the Irving House in Dalton, the Treadway Inn, and later an employee of England Brothers in Pittsfield. Rosemary was an Eastern Star life member of Morning Star Chapter #217 in Lee, and received her 50 year membership pin. She was also a member of St. George's Church, where she was President of the Episcopal Church Women and taught 5th grade Sunday School. She served on the Red Cross Bloodmobile at the Lee Congregational Church, the Lee Parent Teachers Association Committee and was a former Town of Lee Representative of District #3. Her hobbies included braiding rugs, oil painting, reading, playing bingo, and she loved interior decorating at her home on Pleasant Street in Lee. She and her husband retired to Pompano Beach, Fla. for 18 years, returning to Lee to be near their family. They were married 64 years. Edwin died July 29, 2005, of Parkinson's Disease. Rosemary leaves two daughters, Karen Morehouse and her husband, Merrill, of Tyringham, Mass. and Nancy Grabow of Sherrill, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Rebecca Brighenti and her husband, Jason, and their French Bulldog, Charlie, of Pittsfield, Stacey Homan and her husband, Matthew, and their children, Jacob, and Julia of Grafton, Mass., Suzanne Center and her husband, John, and their children, Cassandra and Connor of Waterford, N.Y., and Troy Grabow and his wife, Christine, and their children, Jason and Kinsley, of Arlington, Va. She is also survived by her sister, Ellen Abbott. Rosemary was predeceased by three brothers, Northway, Willis, and Winthrop Abbott, and her sisters, Mrs. Elna Bennett, and Jenny Abbott, who died at 3 years of age of black diphtheria during the epidemic. FUNERAL NOTICE: Rosemary has requested no calling hours. A Graveside Service will be held at the Main Street Cemetery in Dalton, MA on Friday, May 16, 2014, at 11 a.m. Friends wishing may make memorial donations to ones choice, or to the Order of Morning Star Chapter #217 in care of the Kelly Funeral Home, 3 Main Street, Lee, MA 01238. If you would like to leave a message of condolence or share pictures or stories please visit our website at www.kellyfuneralhome.net.
Kelly Funeral Home
3 Main St Lee, MA 01238
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on May 14, 2014