Visitation at Funeral Home
Obituary of Rosemary O'Donnell
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
Rosemary O'Donnell, 77, passed away Sunday November 11, 2018, at McCrite Plaza, Topeka, Kansas. She was born July 27, 1941, in Norton, Kansas, the daughter of Melvin Merle and Mable Elizabeth "Beth" (Page) Mustoe. She graduated from Norton Community High School in 1959, attended Ft. Hays State University, and received a B.A. in English (Secondary Education) from Colorado State University, and a M.A.T. in Museum Education from The George Washington University.
Rosemary and Ronald Nelson were united in marriage in Norton, Kansas, in 1965, and resided in Rockville, Maryland. They later divorces. She was also married to Francis O'Donnell and they divorced. She continued to reside in Maryland until her health started to decline in 2016, when she moved to Topeka, Kansas, to be near family.
Rosemary was the Assistant Registrar for the Art in Embassies Program for the U.S. Department of State. Later, she became the Personal Assistant to U.S. Senator Tim Wirth. After 22 years, she retired in 2012, as the Director of Leadership Activities for the National Association of School Psychologists.
Rosemary was active, bright and curious about world events. She was an accomplished pianist and accompanied various musical groups and soloists in high school and was the organist at the First Christian Church. She also sang with the Cathedral Choral Society of Washington, D.C. and the Oratorio Society of Washington, D.C.
Rosemary was a member of numerous community groups including the Rockville, Maryland Town Center Committee, The Twinbrook, Citizen's Association Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County, Maryland Masterworks Chorus.
Survivors include: her sister, Judyanne (Dale) Somers, Topeka, Kansas; one niece, Jennifer Somers, Topeka; one nephew, Michael (Tammy) Somers, and their children, Juleah, Holden, and Porter, all of Durham, North Carolina.
FUNERAL SERVICE – Friday, November 16, 2018—10:30 a.m.
PLACE – Norton Christian Church – Norton, KS
INTERMENT – Norton Cemetery – Norton, KS
MEMORIAL – Norton Public Library – 1 Washington Square – Norton, KS 67654
VISITATION – Thursday, November 15, 2018 – 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
PLACE – Enfield Funeral Home – 215 W. Main – Norton, KS