Rosemary Foley

06/08/1934 — 07/01/2024

From Richland, WA

Rosemary Foley

Rosemary Foley, 90, passed away on July 1, 2024, in Richland, WA. She was born on June 8, 1934 in Portland, OR, to Francis and Ethel Kelly (Kotelman). Rosemary attended St Patrick’s, Holy Child Academy and the University of Portland, where she met her husband of 69 years, Charles Foley.

Rosemary married Chuck on January 15, 1955 in Portland, OR. The couple moved to Richland in 1967 where they raised 6 children. They did everything as a family and loved fishing and tent camping vacations. Chuck and Rosemary continued to sleep on the ground in sleeping bags well into their 80’s. Rosemary was an honorary mother to many other children and neighbors as well. She was a Cub Scout Leader, drove kids to many tennis matches, was a supportive sports fan at school sporting events, and sponsored many study nights around the family dining room table. Rosemary was best known for her volunteer work at Christ the King Church and School, Catholic Family, TC Prep and Sunfest. She was a 50 year member of the Young Ladies Institute and a member of the Spirit of Love prayer group. Rosemary was the past secretary of the Richland Women’s Bowling Association during which time she bowled her high game of 285 and achieved a 699 series.

Rosemary is survived by her husband Charles and five grateful children who were lucky to call her mom: Chris Foley (Terry), Mary Bazzano (Bob), Liz Olson (Mel), Dan Foley (Leslie) and Meg Coleman (Dave), plus 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son Mike.

A special thanks to Beth McWethy and Kathy Weiner for their visits with books and creme brule and to the Kadlec care team that treated mom during her battle with cancer. Memorial donations can be made in Rosemary’s name to the Cancer Center or CK School.

A rosary will precede the mass at Christ the King Church on Friday, July 12, at 10 am and the funeral mass will begin at 11 am.

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  • Rest in peace dear Rosemary. You were truly a beautiful example to all who knew you

    MaryAlice Fontaine
    July 13, 2024
    Richland
  • Rosemary was one of the “takes a village” parents who over saw many extras over the years. She was honest and direct and wonderful. Now she will truly be looking over you, in God’s company.

    Anne Gerken
    July 11, 2024
    Richland
  • Rosemary was a wonderful person. I am so glad that I got to be part of her care at the Cancer Center. She will be missed dearly. Loved her smile and jokes every time she came to see us.

    Jeanette Carmona
    July 11, 2024
    Kennewick
  • I remember Rosemary as a sweet, wonderful, caring woman with a wonderful sense of humor. My condolences to the Foley family.

    Clara Weil
    July 10, 2024
    Richland, WA
  • Rosemary was such a beautiful person. I considered her one of my “village moms”growing up. Whether it was Thanksgiving, or camping, or a sleepover, I always respected her as ‘the law’. My condolences to the entire Foley family….. And to this day, we put carrots into our turkey stuffing. Even though I used to hate it!

    Thomas Westerman
    July 9, 2024
    Kennewick
  • Rosemary was a good friend of my Mom, Opal DeVine. They spent many happy years bowling together and having fun! I always enjoyed seeing Rosemary and visiting with her. You all will miss her every day.

    Teresa DeVine Knirck
    July 9, 2024
    Richland
  • So very sorry for your loss. Rosemary was a wonderful friend. I will keep her and her family in my prayers.

    Pat Davis
    July 9, 2024
    West Richland, WA
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