March 16, 1919 – October 9, 2020
The family of Rosemary Aley Landon, of Colorado Springs, is deeply saddened to announce her passing on October 9, 2020. Born to the late Hamilton W. and Daisy (Gorham) Aley on March 16, 1919, she was a native of Colorado Springs. She graduated from Colorado Springs High School (Palmer) and spent two years at Gulf Park College for Women, Gulfport, MS, before completing her BA at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Rosemary spent part of the WWII years in Philadelphia working as secretary to the Admiral of a ship building yard before returning to Colorado. On the Broadmoor Hotel dance floor she met the new pediatrician in town, Rodman Landon, fell in love and married him in 1949. Together they raised two daughters.
In the early 1970s, before continuing education became popular, Rosemary enrolled at UCCS to begin classes in biology. These classes fueled her passion for photographing the wildflowers and birds of her beloved Colorado mountains and parks. In her 70s, a new interest enlivened her life: line dancing. After learning the steps, Rosemary became an instructor at the Acacia Senior Center. Rosemary was a member of the First Congregational Church, the Junior League, the women's medical auxiliary, and the Audabon Society. She and Rodman were charter members of The Focus Club (photography). She belonged to Centennial Chapter No. 58 of the Order of the Eastern Star and Delta Gamma Sorority.
She is preceded in death by her husband and her sisters Marian Layher and Dorothy Mowry. She is survived by her daughter and son-in law, Melissa and Abel Hamid, daughter, Melody Landon, one niece and four nephews. Memorial donations may be given to Shriner's Hospital for Children (lovetotherescue.org).
A celebration of Life service will be held at Swan-Law Mortuary chapel on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 1 p.m. The service will be streamed live on Swan-Law Funeral Directors Facebook Page.
A Celebration of Life Service
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
October 21, 2020
Mrs. Landon would always include me to be with the family for dinners at their house. She always made me feel so welcome. Such a kind person.
Rev. Deborah Hunter
October 13, 2020
Missy & Melody,
Below is why I love your Mom so much.:
From our time of meeting at a retreat , until our last connection through you, Missy, just two months ago, Rosemary always found amazing, creative ways to bring meaning to my life.
She complimented my mandalas, I loved her photography. I loved her independence to truck off into the mountain wildflower fields, and she loved my stories after travel to Alaska for bear watching, Greece to begin to see some of civilization’s development, etc. Oh, the hours we spent in “talking story.” We excited and brought depth to each other’s lives. No longer, right now. My deep sadness will transform. She will help me with this, as this is not what she wants for those she loves in their living life.
With forever great and growing love for you Rosemary and healing blessings to each of you, dear daughters plus Able.
Renee and Alice Shaw
October 12, 2020
To the Landon Family,
Our sincere condolences. We greatly loved your Mom. She will forever live in our hearts and mind.
1 Thessalonians 4:13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.
18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.