Friends and family were invited to attend a Requiem Mass in celebration of her life at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 308 7th Street NE on Monday, October 29, 2012, at 11 a.m. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday night at K.L. Brown Funeral Home. A rosary was held at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Interment will be at Jacksonville City Cemetery.
Mrs. Wamsley was born on August 27, 1920 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She was the daughter of the late Francis Edward and the late Rose Margaret Gavlas. She graduated from Warren Harding High School in Bridgeport and attended nursing school at Saint Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She married (Lt. Col. - Retired) James Gilbert Wamsley on January 10, 1946 in Atkins, Arkansas. After graduating from St. Agnes Nursing School, she began her career at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Shortly thereafter she traded in her nursing career to become an Army wife and mother. Like most military families she and her family were relocated numerous times to such places as Nurnberg, Germany, Fort Bragg, N.C., Camp Kilmer, N.J., Richmond, Va., Pine Camp, N.Y., Camp Edwards, Mass., Vint Hill Farms, Va., Hopewell, Va., Seattle, Wash., Fort Richardson, Ark. and Fort McClellan before finally settling in Jacksonville in June 1960. Rosemary was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church of Jacksonville for over 50 years. She was active in volunteer efforts with the Jacksonville Garden Club, and the St. Charles Ladies Auxiliary and Rosary Circle. She will long be remembered for her “green thumb” and for her uncanny ability to root and grow most any type of plant. Rosemary was also an accomplished painter, whose work was presented in various local art exhibits.
Rosemary leaves her husband of 66 years, James; a daughter, Suzanne Voss, of Valley Glen, Calif., and two sons and daughters-in-law: Michael and Patricia Wamsley, of Manhattan, Kan., and Patrick and Susan Wamsley, of Mount Pleasant, S.C. She leaves loving grandchildren, Tyler Wamsley (Columbia, Mo.), Benjamin Wamsley (Roswell, Ga.), Katelyn Wamsley (Mount Pleasant, S.C.) and Heather Wamsley (Manhattan Kan.). Rosemary is also survived by her sister, Rita Keilch, of Little Rock, Ark.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Francis J. Gavlas and her grandchildren, René Voss and Megan Wamsley.
Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church Building Fund.
K.L. Brown Funeral & Cremation, 322 Nisbet Street, N.W., Jacksonville, AL 36265, (256) 435-7042