Rosemary Paxton Kessinger

October 30, 1924May 1, 2014

Rosemary Paxton Kessinger, 89, of Richmond passed away on Thursday, May 1, after complications from surgery. She was preceded in death by her loving parents, Minnie Childs and Oscar Boyd Paxton, her loving husband, Charles Kenan Kessinger, her sister, Sybil Eleanor Paxton and her brothers, Charles Allen and Robert Boyd Paxton. She was born at home on Oct. 30, 1924 in Covington, Virginia. Rosemary graduated from Covington High School in 1941. She married Charles Kessinger on August 17, 1946 wearing a gown made from her brother’s WWII parachute. Rosemary worked for the Bell telephone company before marriage and later for Thalhimers and Hechts department stores in Richmond. She was a charter member of St. Marks Methodist Church, was a mentor for Chesterfield County Public Schools, enjoyed traveling, bowling, playing cards and spending time with family and friends. She is survived by her children: Wayne (Betty), Steven (Sharon) and Sybil; four grandchildren, Anson (E-Beth), Erin (Amanda), Charlie, and Michael; one great- grand daughter, Adalyn; two dear sister-in-laws, Grace and Beth. Since October of 2012, she has resided at Sunrise Senior Living where she received loving and compassionate care from an amazing staff. A reception (5pm) and memorial service (6pm) will be held at Woody Funeral Home on Huguenot Road on May 10. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, May 10, 2014
  • Visitation Saturday, May 10, 2014

Rosemary Paxton Kessinger

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Anne Pettengill Munson

May 8, 2014

As a child at St. Marks United Methodist Church, I often sat with Rosemary and Charlie. I have never forgotten the love and care of my "honorary grandparents," and think of them every time my daughters sit with older members in our church. What a beautiful picture of a beautiful soul!

Sharon Bowker

May 8, 2014

I remember working with Rosemary at Thalhimers more than 33 years ago. She was such a lovely person who helped a young mother adjust to working in "sales". I only worked part-time during the Christmas rush, but I will always remember her kindness and sweet smile. It was truly a pleasure knowing her.

Bud Hazelgrove, GM

May 2, 2014

Please accept Woody staff condolences for your loss. You can depend on us to assist you on this journey and we will strive for your complete satisfaction while your loved one is in our care. We believe you deserve nothing less. For these difficult days, we will be honored to have you consider our home and family a part of yours.