• "I met Rosemary at Mercy McMahon Terrace in 2007, when my..."
    - Rosemary Courter
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    - Patti Roberts


92, Sacramento, CA passed away peacefully on September 5th, 2013. Rosemary was born in Brooklyn, NY to David and Josephine Harris on August 18, 1921. She went to high school and college (magna cum laude) at Marywood Catholic Seminary and University, Scranton, PA followed by an internship at Cornell Med Center, NY, to become an ADA Registered Dietitian. Later she also earned her Teacher's Credentials and a Masters in Education. While a WAC Captain and Head Dietician at Madigan Army Hospital, Ft. Lewis, WA, she married Maj. Charles R. Gillingham in April 1948. They were married 51 years. The Army moved them often in the early years: Washington DC, MA, NJ, NY, Puerto Rico. Finally moving to Lancaster, CA in 1959 where she was the Home Economics Dept. Head at Antelope Valley High School for 21 years. In retirement they moved to a home built by their son, Charles, in Clear Lake, CA. In 2001, Rosemary moved to Sacramento, CA to live in an apt. at Mercy McMahon Terrace senior residence. Rosemary took great pleasure in being involved and helping others. Her greatest pleasure was her children, her grandchildren, and especially her great grandchildren. Her face always lit up so beautifully when one was sitting on her lap. Rosemary was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and one brother. She is survived by her brother, James Harris of Manhasset, NY; son Charles H. of Witter Springs, CA; son Robert (Rhonda) of El Segundo, CA; son David (Jan) of Olympia, WA; son Eugene (Billie) of El Segundo, CA; and son Paul of Sacramento, CA; 5 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren, plus many loving nieces and nephews. In Rosemary's memory, a Celebration of Life Reception will be held at 2:15 PM-4:00 PM, Wednesday, September 18th at Mercy McMahon Terrace, 3865 J Street, Sacramento, CA. Parking is available at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish across the street. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery, VA, with her husband, Charles R. Gillingham, who is already laid to rest there. In lieu of flowers, if you wish to remember her, please make a donation in Rosemary's name to . Loaves & Fishes Sacramento was one of her favorites. Arranged by George L. Klumpp Chapel of Flowers

Published in The Sacramento Bee on Sept. 17, 2013
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