Rosemary was born June 6, 1923, and passed away on Wednesday, November 7, 2012.
She was born in Spokane, Washington, to Charles and Lela Johnson. As a child, she moved frequently so her parents could find work. Eventually, they settled on Foster Mountain outside of Willits. She attended the Hearst School, and later started Willits High School.
She married Benjamin Elliott in 1937, and lived on Foster Mountain and later in Willits. She had five children: Barbara Lutz (Jack) of Chico; Margaret Eutenier (Don) of Kelseyville; Lillian Secrist (Bob) of Elko, Nevada; Rodger of Bellingham, Washington; and Fred of Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Besides her children, she is survived by five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
A grandchild, Eric Beck, preceded her in death.
As a young mother she instilled values in her children that are still important today. These included a work ethic, honesty, and the importance of education. She also provided many experiences-such as cooking, sewing, and gardening-that became a part of the lifelong interests and knowledge of her survivors.
In 1960, Rosemary and Leonard Austin were married, and spent many happy times in Humboldt County and some in Willits. After his death, she eventually returned to Willits.
Often lonely and unsettled, she always wanted to be busy and with others. Even when she was tired, or having health problems, she wanted to know where she could go next, enjoyed shopping and yard sales, and visiting others. She continued to try to garden, collect treasures, and be a wealth of information to her children and others.
Rosemary also participated in assorted clubs and activities throughout the years, including Little Lake Grange, the Rebekahs, the Howard Memorial Hospital Thrift Shop, the Willits Garden Club, and other volunteer organizations.
She will be missed.
Donations may be made to the Willits High School Scholarship Fund or