Rosemary E Church
December 9, 1924 – May 28, 2018
ROSEMARY ELLIOTT CHURCH
Rosemary Elliott Church, 93, passed away peacefully in her home in Dallas, Texas, on May 28, 2018. She was born December 9, 1924 to Martin Francis Elliott and Susie Long Elliott. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend and had been a loving wife. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Rosemary was preceded in death by her husband Oscar Bonny Church, her son Clayton Michael Campbell and her husband and father of her children, Clayton Dooley Campbell. She is survived by her children Susan Leonard, Greg Campbell and Nancy Mitchell, stepchildren Lana Church, Terrye Morrow and Paten Church and their spouses, and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Rosemary....Quiet, gracious, attractive. She was a matriarch whose presence was central to family gatherings. She brought a sense of order and style, humor and responsibility. Her life was a matter of her presence. Usually attired stylishly with accents of gold and white, her beauty was both natural and adorned. When she entered a room, eyes that turned to her experienced the delightful sense of feminine beauty. She was a mother of four when she suffered the tragic loss of her husband, Clayton. It took time for her to recover and in the meantime she was comforted by the love of her children and extended family.
She created a successful, professional career as an independent sales representative for international suppliers of gifts. Ultimately she married Bonny Church and their life centered around their seven adult children and their families. She and Bonny also enjoyed the company of many longtime friends, service to their St. Rita Catholic Church family, occasional trips and enjoying each other’s company at home where Bonny would sometimes fill the air with the joy of his piano music. Bonny died several years prior to Rosemary and those intervening years were spent in Walnut Place where she was cared for and frequently visited by her children and grandchildren, niece and nephews. She was characteristically gracious and accepting of her circumstance and was always happy to greet visitors who reveled in her bright eyed smile when they surprised her with a visit. She left Walnut Place to spend the last months of her life in the home she loved where she died peacefully after a mercifully short period of decline. Rosemary enjoyed being herself. She was proud of her heritage and accomplishment of graduating from SMU with a degree in economics and where she was selected for the honor of Rotunda Beauty. She was humble and unassuming. She was proud of her children who were just as proud of her. Her image of grace and beauty will remain a presence in the lives of her family and in that way, she will remain with us forever.
- Catholic Funeral Mass Saturday, June 9, 2018
- Committal Service Saturday, June 9, 2018
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June 6, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of the your loss. Death is truly an enemy. (1 Cor 15:26) However, this verse contains the hope that we all look forward to when this enemy “will be brought to nothing.” Until that time, be assured that your pain is shared by many, including God, who makes the promise to “swallow up death in victory”. (Isaiah 25:8) May this hope comfort you in your time of grief