Rosemary C. Byrne

Rosemary Creed Byrne

Jun 15, 1941 – Mar 2, 2017

Rosemary Creed Byrne, resident of Omaha, Nebraska, passed Thursday the 2nd of March at the Lakeside Hospital, at the age of 75.

Rosemary is survived by her son, Michael B. Parker, his wife, Carrie, and grandchildren, Jaxon, Abigail, and Rosemary, all of whom lived in Omaha Nebraska and brought great joy to her life. A surviving brother, Patrick J. Byrne, his wife Janice, and their children, Kelly and Kevin, reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Rosemary was preceded in death by her brother, Desmond H. Byrne, of West Virginia, and parents, Patrick F.B. Byrne and Dorothy M. Creed Byrne, of Unionville, Pennsylvania.

Rosemary was born on June 15, 1941 in Unionville, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Unionville High School in 1959. In her senior year, she was crowned Harvest Queen, and throughout her life she continued to play an active role in the annual Harvest Queen Parade. Rosemary studied at the University of South Carolina. She married Frank W. Parker, and spent 22 years as an army wife traveling the world. Together they had one son, Michael, the undeniable love of her life. Rosemary later settled in the Washington DC area and worked for the Clean Fairfax Council for over 20 years. Retiring in 2009, as Executive Director, she moved to Omaha, Nebraska to be close to her son and grandchildren. Her son remembers her as a strong, independent, and fiercely opinionated woman who always spoke her mind, lived her life with integrity, and loved her family immeasurably. Rosemary took a deep interest her family’s pursuits and always encouraged them to reach their goals.

Rosemary was an avid reader, aficionada of the arts, connoisseur of international cuisine, and world traveler, visiting over 30 different countries and all 50 US States in her lifetime. She generously gave back to the community by volunteering her time and expertise. Among her many community service endeavors, Rosemary served on the board of directors of the Virginia Opera Company in Fairfax Virginia. She believed in evoking change through education, and was passionate about the arts as a vehicle to celebrate multi-perspectives, increase tolerance, and unite the community in respect for diversity.

A visitation is scheduled for Saturday, March 11th at the Bel Air Chapel, 12100 W. Center Rd., from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Rosemary Creed Byrne’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Food Bank for the Heartland at




  • Shannon Phillips Posted March 7, 2017 3:16 pm

    My dear sweet friend for the last 34 years. Each day I miss you more. I cannot seem to stop the tears…they just cover my cheek….just like how you have blanketed my life with love, support, guidance, and laughter. People tell me each day “it will get easier”…I disagree. I think each day that you are not here on this planet is a little less ROSIE.

    I miss you so much.
    Love you,

    • michael parker Posted March 10, 2017 5:51 am

      Shannon. I understand your feelings as i feel the same way. But, damnit, Rosemary would not want us to dispare over her death. As long as she is remembered by you and me and the many, many people who she enjoyed life with, she is not dead, but alive in our hearts. Come to PA in April and we will celebrate with a ice cold beer and cry over the great times and not the sad ones.

      • Shannon Posted March 11, 2017 4:44 pm

        Wouldn’t be anywhere else!!!!? Love you very much!

  • Jacki and Mike Vergot Posted March 7, 2017 6:20 pm

    She was our “roomie” for a while….waiting to go to her new home in the west….we would gladly take her back if we could….so sorry for everyone that knew and loved her

    • michael parker Posted March 11, 2017 5:26 am

      You folks were very nice to “take her in”. She is missed by many and loved by all. Thank you for your thoughts.

  • Michael Walsh Posted March 8, 2017 9:19 am

    Am very saddened to hear this, my heart goes out to Patrick and the family

    • michael parker Posted March 11, 2017 5:26 am

      Thank you. We miss her greatly.

  • Betty J. Prax Posted March 8, 2017 1:09 pm

    I had the great pleasure of getting to know Rosemary (a little) during a trip to Alaska. We had some adventures, and enjoyed some good laughs, and the beautiful scenery. I am sure Rosemary will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

    • michael parker Posted March 11, 2017 5:28 am

      She had a wonderful time in Alaska. Rosemary was fortunetly enough to have traveled all over the world. She had plans for a few more trips too. Thank you for your thoughts, we do miss her.

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