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Rosemary Harris Obituary
ROSEMARY HARRIS, a long-time Riverside resident, passed away on January 17, 2016. She was 95 years old. Rosemary was born on July 3, 1920, to Marie and Victor Black in Flora, Indiana. She grew up during the depression, and moved often to follow her father's pharmaceutical sales business, along with her younger brother, Robert, who preceded her in death. She attended six different elementary schools before she was in the 6th Grade. By junior high school, her family finally settled into a house in New Philadelphia, Ohio. Rosemary stayed there until attending Kent State, followed by completing her registered nursing program at St. Luke's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Her dream was to stay put in a house she loved, which she fulfilled by living in her home on the hill for 60 years. In 1943, Rosemary married Richard (Dick) Harris, a handsome former high school football player she had met in the New Philadelphia High School marching band [she played the flute and Dick played clarinet and saxophone]. The young married couple set up residence and started their careers in Cleveland, Ohio. After having two children and experiencing many cold winters [including endless bouts of shoveling snow and ice!], they decided to move to California in 1953. Dick started a business, Thermech Engineering Corp., in Anaheim while they chose to make their home in Riverside. Fifty years, on and off, Rosemary worked as a Registered Nurse at the Cement Plant, Riverside Community Hospital, Riverside Medical Clinic and lastly Redlands Medical Clinic working for Dr. Donald Simmons in his OB/Gyn practice until she was 72 years old. One of the personal highlights of her professional life was being Dr. Simmons delivery nurse for the birth of her grandchild, Ryan. Instrumental music remained a personal pleasure for Rosemary throughout her life. Rosemary and Dick became avid fans of Dixieland Jazz and traveled to Dixieland Festivals in San Diego, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Costa Mesa and Three Rivers every year. They also went on many cruises that featured some of their favorite bands. After sixty years of marriage, Dick passed away at home with Rosemary at his side. Rosemary, long-time member of Calvary Presbyterian Church, was a deacon and high school youth counselor there. She was also a past president and member of the local chapters of Delta Gamma, P.E.O. and Panhellenic Association women's groups where she helped with many philanthropic endeavors; as an active member of the YWCA, she was instrumental in the building of the current YWCA facility. She met many life-long friends as a member of these organizations. Rosemary had a passion and expertise at putting in golf and playing bridge at the Victoria Club, which became her second home after her husband passed away. She cherished her many friends and fellow bridge players there. After a short illness, Rosemary quietly passed away in her home and is survived by her son Ron and daughter Susan, along with their spouses Sheri Harris and Bob Stinchfield and her grandson, Ryan Harris. There will be a visitation at Acheson & Graham Mortuary, 7944 Magnolia Ave. Riverside 92504, on Thursday, February 4, from 5:00-8:00 PM. Funeral services will be held at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 4495 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, on Friday, February 5, at 1:00 in the sanctuary. This will be followed by a Celebration of Life at the Victoria Club at 2521 Arroyo Dr., Riverside, at 3:00 PM in the main dining room. Graveside service for family will be held on another day. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Rosemary's name may be made to or to: Calvary Presbyterian Church Hot Meals or Kids' Summer Programs, 4495 Magnolia Ave. Riverside, CA 92501, The Janet Goeske Center, which can be done online under Janet Goeske Foundation Home page and click on Donation, or P.E.O. Foundation, 3700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to VNA Hospice & Palliative Care of Southern California for their loving support these past few months and Rosemary's wonderful caregivers, especially Dorothy Howard and Sandra Gaxiola.

Published in Press-Enterprise from Feb. 2 to Feb. 3, 2016
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