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Rosemary Reed

Rosemary Powell Roberts (nee Reed)
September 22, 1920 to November 9, 2013
Rosie died in her sleep on Saturday November 9, 2012. She was 93 years old. Mostly likely she decided "Enough of this aging nonsense; I'm ready for my next adventure" and went to sleep.
Rosemary was a lifelong Boise resident, growing up on 22nd St., the oldest of the 5 children of Huey and Lillian Reed. She was graduated from Boise High School where she lettered in tennis. She was a captain in the Women's Army Corp serving on General Patton's staff during and after WWII. During those years she fell in love with Captain Pat Powell and Paris, bringing both loves back to Boise with her. That wonderful marriage produced three daughters Suzanne Stirnweis (Craig) Patti Powell (George McIlvaine) and Kelli Fischer (Paul). It also produced hysterical family poker games, a house full of music, 30 years of Super Bowl parties, increased wine and champagne sales in Boise and marathon Monopoly games with her grandchildren Amy Stirnweis-Schumer (Joe), Jonathan Stirnweis (Heather), Adam Guerin (Emma) and Patrick Guerin during which she openly and shamelessly cheated. Rosie was an expert Bridge player, lamented the Tea Party, read the New York Times and during one of her last conversations discussed the Republican reaction to the Affordable Care Act with the Republican reaction to Roosevelt's Social Security Act. She observed the responses were identical.
Rosemary was a force of nature to her family, especially her brothers Jim (Pauline) and Huey (Ruth) Reed and sister Jackie Lockard. Her beloved Pat and sister Jewel predeceased her. Her daughters, 4 grandchildren, & 6.5 beloved great grandchildren survive her. She is survived most especially by Ralph Roberts, her husband of her 80s and 90s who began as a Bridge partner and became her love.
We'll end this with the same words that ended Pat Powell's obituary in 2001. Tell someone you love them and Vote Democratic. Rosemary was cremated and Pat's and her ashes will be interred together at Arlington National Cemetery. While there will be no service Rosie would have loved donations to Planned Parenthood, 3668 N. Harbor Lane Boise, Idaho 87703.


Published in Idaho Statesman on Nov. 14, 2013
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