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 www.foodbankheartland.org.