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Rosemary Steele

September 26, 1947September 13, 2019

Rosemary Millsap Steele passed away at home on Cape Cod, on September 13, 2019 surrounded by her loved ones. She was born September 26, 1947, in Fort Smith, Ark. to Isaac Hal Millsap, Jr. and Aileen Harrison Millsap. She grew up in Siloam Springs, Ark.

In addition to her parents, grandparents Robbie Lou and Hal Millsap, Sr. and Maxine and Henry Harrison had a great impact on her early life. After attending John Brown University, she began her family with daughter Melissa and then with sons Shannon and Michael. She married Ken in 1982 and added son Jon to her family. They moved to Boulder, Colo. in 1991, and then to Cape Cod in 2001. Her love of children led her to become a nanny for two lovely girls in Boulder, Heather and Amber, and then three wonderful children on Cape Cod, Rebecca, Jack, and William. Rosemary enjoyed growing flowers, reading, camping, hiking, traveling, and sitting under an umbrella on any beach. She was also known as Mom, Mimi, Auntie Ro, Miss Rosemary and Rosie to those that love her. She was predeceased by her parents and grandparents.

She is survived by her husband; daughter Melissa Chesnut of Loveland, Colo.; son Shannon Ogden and wife Victoria of Littleton, Colo.; son Michael Ogden and wife Shona of Austin, Texas; son Jon Steele and wife Michelle of Warrenton, Va.; brother Isaac Hal Millsap, III and wife Jan of Springdale, Ark.; sister Holly Anne Ezell and husband Michael of the Weddington Community, Ark. Rosemary is also survived by 16 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, two uncles and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a time and place to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, Rosemary asked that donations be made to the following organizations: girlygirl P.A.R.T.S. 5k Run/Walk for Ovarian Cancer, Rosie’s Place of Boston.


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Victoria Ogden

October 2, 2019

Rosemary made her house (and this glorious deck) a place of love, beauty and comfort for everyone who walked through the door. We will miss her always, are so grateful to have had her in our lives and will try to uphold her values in ourselves and C.

Rebecca Butler

September 29, 2019

You can't see the iPad in this photo, but this was the expression that Mimi (and Ken) had pretty much the entire time they FaceTimed their granddaughter Clementine. This smile popped up whenever she was around children (even if they had long since outgrown her).

Cheryl Mihalovich

September 28, 2019

Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Rosemary. Know that our friendship will always hold a special place in our hearts and memories. She was a kind, caring and remarkable woman who touched the lives of many, including ours. I will always remember the time we spent raising the kids together. She was the voice of wisdom and was always a supportive and doting friend. We broke the boundaries of the "generation gap"! May she forever rest in the peace of our Lord and may God Bless her always.

Mary Martin

September 25, 2019

To Ken and Family,

Ken, Matt and I were so lucky when we met you and you brought Rosie into our lives. I remember so many laughs, great meals together and talking about our southern connections. Rosie’s beautiful smile and loving heart will be missed.

Mary and Matt Martin

Shardell Newton

September 25, 2019

Ken & Family,

May the fond memories of Rosemary comfort you during this difficult time. So sorry for your loss.

Bill & Shardell Newton

Nadine Debier

September 23, 2019

Oh the Laughs!

Amy Stockton

September 23, 2019

I have great memories of my time with Rosemary and the entire family when in High School. One of my favorites was going over to the house after church on Sunday to a fabulous meal. Rosemary introduced me to Velvetta and couldn't fathom cooking without it - and she is right! Such a warm, fun family. Take care.
Amy (Moore) Stockton

Nadine DeBier

September 23, 2019

In our lifelong friendship ,the joys we had in raising our children,graduation, weddings, grandchildren ,second marriages. The sad times of death ,divorce life !

Nadine DeBoer

September 23, 2019

Rebecca Butler

September 22, 2019

Mimi fixing up my hair before a ballet class. It’s a testament to her patience because I’m guessing about a bottle of hair de-tangler was used. This picture is back in the beginning of our time together when we used to have impromptu dance parties every day. I would guess 2004 or 2005.


A beach and the perfect hat


Rosie's view.


Alberta Falls near Bear Lake. A beautiful place and an easy hike while camping at Glacier Basin.


Enjoying a great time with friends in Cabo, even though the kids were wild.


Rosemary with her mom. I hope they have hats like that in heaven.


BFF heading to Portland for an unforgettable weekend.


Celebrating in New York


Celebrating a special birthday


Will always remember Colorado camping