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Obituary for Rosemary K Brown (Kennemer)

Celebration of Life Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 10, 2022, at Hope Church located at 205 W. Wall Street, Algood, TN. Visitation will begin at 1:00 PM at the church.

Mrs. Brown Passed from this life at Cookeville Regional Medical Center on November 20, 2022.
Rosemary Brown was born on Thurs. July 4, 1934, in Springfield Missouri to Helen (Gorton) and Gabril Kennemer. Her Dad always called her Firecracker. She was the youngest of 5 children that were born to them.

At 7 1⁄2 years of age her family moved to Redwood City California. Rosemary graduated from Sequoia High School in 1952. She received her Block letter in Sports. She loved to play Tennis and was on the Tennis team. She loved sports and was a big baseball fan. She wanted to be a P.E. Teacher, but instead found a job at Metropolitan Life Ins. Company. She started out in the mailroom. She was the first girl to be given this job of pushing a cart loaded down with mail throughout the building. The company paid her overtime on Saturdays to learn to be a Key Punch Operator (Data Entry).

Rosemary met Robert A. Brown, who was in the Navy, at a USO Dance and they were married on July 15, 1956. They were married 61 years before Robert passed away in 2017.

The couple raised three children in the Bay Area. She was a Den Mother, when her boys were in Boy Scouts and active in the PTO at their schools.

In 1979, Rosemary returned to work full time as a Key Punch Operator (Data Entry) at Lockheed Missile and Space Company, after Robert had a stroke at the close age of 44. She retired from Lockheed in 1989.
In 1991 the couple moved to Crossville Tennessee and then moved to Sparta, Tennessee in 2010 to be closer to family. They joined First Presbyterian Church and were very active in their church. Rosemary was a member for over 30 years.

During Rosemary's time in Crossville, she volunteered at Plateau Pregnancy Services for 19 years.
Hobbies she loved were Latch hooking Rugs, reading and puzzles.

What was important to her was Jesus and her Family. If you knew her, she would pray for you. She loved to pass out her pass-a-long cards to encourage people. She never met a stranger. Her joyful attitude (which was all the time) and bright smile would make their day. She was sweet, unselfish and would always put other people first. She always gave grace to everyone. She was generous, faithful, kind and had such a loving spirit. SHE LET JESUS SHINE THROUGH HER.

Rosemary loved God with her whole heart, soul, mind and strength. The Joy of the Lord was her strength.
In addition to her parents Rosemary was preceded in death by her husband Robert Brown,, Dick Kennemer (brother), Evelyn Chapman (sister), Margaret Truesdell (sister), and James Kennemer (brother).

She is survived by two sons and their wives: David Brown (and Janet Nowaczyk), Ronald and Norma Brown. Daughter and husband: Karen and Timothy Theiss. Grandchildren: Phillip Brown, Nathaneal (and Alicia) Theiss, Hannah (and Justin) Helton. Great Grandchildren: Davyn Brown, Kamden Theiss, Conley Theiss, Heidi Rose Helton, Joshua Helton and Elizabeth Helton.

Donations in Memory of Rosemary Brown can be made to: Plateau Pregnancy Services 99 Walker Hill St. Crossville, TN 38555

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