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Rosemary Reidy Bishop

Our loving mother, Rosemary Reidy Bishop peacefully passed in sleep of natural causes at home at The Elms, San Carlos, on February 3,2013. She spent her 94 years in a spirited life, full of energy and love. Rosemary is predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Richard S. Bishop (Dick), San Francisco attorney, and their youngest son, Frank Bishop of San Carlos. Her surviving family include loving children Sue and Tom Bishop, their spouses Viole and Sarah, daughter-in-law Alyce Bishop, grandchildren Brendan Barton, Camile and Cassie Bishop, sister Eileen Kerr (Al) of Marin County and their 5 children (Alfred, Michelle, Kevin, David, and Mary, and their spouses and children).


Rosemary was born in Vallejo on November 26, 1918 to Peter K. Reidy of Ireland and Stella Keser Reidy of San Francisco, whose marriage spanned 44 years. She grew up in Sacramento where she loved to sew and put on neighborhood plays. She attended Sacramento schools and then UC Berkeley where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in English. It was at Berkeley where she met Dick who also graduated from there. They married at St. Francis Church in Sacramento in 1941 and moved to San Francisco where Dick served in the Navy, attended Hastings Law School, and Rosemary taught first grade.


With three young children, the suburbs beckoned and in 1952 San Carlos was waiting for them. It was in San Carlos where her sparkling sense of community spirit took flight. She plunged into activities: Rosemary was active in PTA work for many years and was president of Brittan Acres PTA for the 1953-54 school year, also Campfire leader, Girl Scout committee member, den mother, worked on United Crusade, Red Cross, City of Hope drives, was a 50+ year member of AAUW and vice president of the San Carlos Branch.


Where her love of fun and community really took flight was The Chickens' Ball in San Carlos. For more than 20 years, she served in multiple roles: on the Steering and Proceeds Committee (1958), secretary to the Chairman in 1956, judge in 1960, usherette, in advertising, Entre Acts, and as General Chairman in 1964. She wrote a column "We're Having a Ball" for the San Carlos Enquirer with Doris Nelson, started in 1988. She had many close friends who worked on the Chickens' Ball throughout the years.


Mom also returned to school at San Francisco State and earned her Master's Degree and license for speech and hearing pathology. She taught elementary special education for many years in the Belmont school system.


Mom's creativity also included many hobbies, especially sewing, reading, gardening, tap dancing, watercolor painting, and cooking. She took up poetry writing at The Elms and had her poem "To Sit and Dream" published in CALA. Mom loved to give parties and host pot-luck dinners for friends from many groups, also including the Sierra Club. But best of all, she cooked family dinners, made picnics, and filled a never-empty cookie jar with her chocolate chip cookies. Thank you Mom for everything wonderful you did for us, most of all for loving us and inspiring us.


A funeral mass will be held at St. Charles Parish in San Carlos on Friday, March 8 at 11:30 a.m., followed by a celebration of life reception at the parish hall. Donations to the education fund of any school district.



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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Mar. 3 to Mar. 4, 2013
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