A beautiful, vibrant lady began her next life’s chapter early on the evening of Tuesday, May 16, 2017, dying peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her family. Rosie was brilliant, speaking several languages fluently. Classic in her elegance, as she was always done-up and had a marvelous sense of humor, incessantly enhancing the fun with everyone she was around regardless of their age, from her youngest grandson to the longest (oldest) friends.
Rosmary was born on August 27, 1922, and raised in Lucerne, Switzerland, as the youngest of three children. She delighted in recalling mischievous stories of her youth with her sister Alice and brother Hubert. One of her favorite tales deals with her Robin Hood philosophy of taking from those who have more and giving to those who have less. Almost daily on her way home from elementary school, using the shortcut through the church graveyard, she would carefully rearrange the largest bouquets of headstone flowers to ensure each grave had a flower.
Although she hated the cold, Rosmary excelled in skiing. Unfortunately, her goal to compete on the Swiss Olympic Ski Team was cut short due to a broken leg. She remained involved in skiing, which eventually led to meeting her future husband, Frank Yama, while he was on military leave. Following the end of the war, she relocated to the U.S. and married Frank in Denver, Colorado. Rosmary went through the naturalization classes, proudly becoming a citizen of America. Frank and Rosmary moved to Helper, Utah, where they had two children, Ken and Kay. The family lived in Helper, Price and Moab, where the couple later divorced.
Rosmary adopted Moab as her home, loving the people and climate, and feeling a part of the diverse cultures. Her employment at the Hogan Trading Post was perfect in utilizing her talent of connecting with a variety of people. She thought of the staff members as her extended family.
Her reputation as a fun, full-of-spunk-and-life character was well-known. Family and friends have recalled memories of her playful endeavors throughout her life. They knew she was just as tough as she was giving. Rosmary refused to accept anything but a positive attitude and your best, both from others and herself.
She was a longtime member of the Alpha Rho Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority and particularly enjoyed participating in its charitable events. Rosmary was crazy about cats and wine; always having a furry pet and a full glass of red by her side. People were intrigued and always commented on her prominent Swiss accent even after 60-plus years in the U.S.
Our faith brings us comfort and knowledge of future times together, but until then we will miss you, Mom and Grandma Rosie.
As per her wishes, Rosmary was cremated. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.