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Duffield, Rosemary Amelia



Rosemary Amelia Duffield passed away at home surrounded by loved ones the morning of March 18, 2016. She had lived for 90 precious years. She was born on May 20, 1925 in Wichita Kansas where she lived with her three brothers, David, Stanley, Steven and parents Charles and Sue Wooten.



They shared a home with her maternal aunt whom we lovingly remember as Aunt May and her cousin Pearl who was like a sister to her.



Rosemary moved to St. Louis, Missouri in 1944 where she met and married her husband George who passed away in 2011. They were married for 67 years.



Rosemary and George eventually settled in Albuquerque, NM where she raised her children. Rosemary loved the outdoors and quickly fell in love with the Southwest. You would often find her and her family on adventures, experiencing the wonder of New Mexico. Rosemary and George found Conchas Lake in northeastern New Mexico and it quickly became their home away from home. At Conchas they cultivated many new friendships that lasted a lifetime.



Rosemary had always been athletic but she loved swimming the best of all. She felt most at home in the water, in what she called her "own private place." She was a swimming teacher at the YMCA. When she was given a class with the intellectually handicapped she never looked back. She found such joy working with her new students that you could still see the sparkle in her eyes when she talked about it days before she passed away. She spent most of her career working for the Los Lunas Hospital & Training School for the Mentally Retarded. It was at that school that she was a key player in bringing the Special Olympics to New Mexico. She retired from the Training School in 1986. Rosemary was dedicated to giving some sense of normalcy to the lives of the intellectually handicapped she even hosted Christmas parties in her home for the residents; a tradition she started while her own kids were in Middle and High School.



After she retired Rosemary and George moved to Mesa, AZ and began a new chapter in their lives. Rosemary resided in Arizona until 2014 when she moved to Houston, Texas to live with her daughter, Linda.



Rosemary is preceded in death by her husband George W. Duffield; her daughter Suzanne Elizabeth Maguire; her son Donald Lee Duffield and her granddaughter Wendy Desha Duffield.



She is survived by her children Jane Hanna Nicholas, Gary Wayne Duffield and his wife Grace Duffield, Linda Kay Duffield-Kagey, and Linda's husband Russell. She has one surviving sibling Stanley Wooten; two beloved sisters-in-law Gloria Wooten and Suzie Lorraine Wooten. She leaves behind four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Rosemary has several nieces, nephews, cousins, students and friends whom she adored as well.



Rosemary is remembered for her loving and adventurous spirit. It was that spirit combined with her ability to find fun in every situation created an atmosphere that people were drawn to. Rosemary will be missed by all who knew her.

Celebration of Life for

Rosemary

12:00pm - 2:00pm on July 30th

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

2401 12th St NW

Albuquerque, NM 87104

505-843-7270
Published in Albuquerque Journal on July 17, 2016
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