Rosemary Dallas, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, surrounded by her loving family, at the age of 87.
She was born on September 11, 1933 in St. Mary to Andrew and Rose (Baechle) Roth.
In June of 1956, she married Robert Dallas and they were married for 59 years when he passed in January of 2016.
Together, Rosemary and Bob built a home on the Saline Hill where they raised their family and enjoyed many gatherings, centered around her delicious home cooked meals. Their property was known for its well-manicured lawn, and beautiful flower and vegetable gardens. Many enjoyed the delicious and abundant vegetables that Rosemary grew.
Rosemary was a United States Postal Service employee for over 46 years, with most of her career spent at the Ste. Genevieve Post Office. She was ‘The Lady at the Post Office’ where she provided excellent customer service, a sympathetic ear, and touched many lives – always with a smile. She retired at age 79, exemplifying her strong work ethic and boundless energy.
In 2002, Rosemary was honored as ‘La Dame de Ste. Genevieve’ at the annual King’s Ball as “a lady we all know, someone who knows everyone in town…when you go to the post office, you find Rosemary there, waiting to give answers or lend a helping hand…”
Always a youthful soul and vivacious woman, Rosemary had an enthusiasm for exercise and aged gracefully. She was a voracious reader, a talented seamstress and quilter, traveler, lover of Jeopardy and Sudoku puzzles. Her sense of humor, spirited personality, and unwavering compassion made her a cherished presence.
She demonstrated and instilled in her family strong values of unconditional love, selflessness, independence, strength in adversity, and abundant generosity. She devoted her life to lovingly caring for and supporting her family that she was exceptionally proud of. We are immensely better for her presence in our lives.
Blessed to call her Mom are her children Michael, Mary, and James Dallas. She is the loving grandmother to Bobbi Dallas, Tyler Johnson, Bailey Dallas, and Cole Dallas. Best LaLa ever to Hydee and Hanley.
Other survivors include her brother Roman (Bernadine) Roth and sister Stella (Tony) Schilli, and many nieces, nephews, and friends that she loved dearly.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Rita (Francis) Viox and Geneva (Ray) Viox.
Rosemary was a faithful Catholic and longtime parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church in St. Mary. She firmly believed in the power of prayer. Additionally, she was a member of the VFW Auxiliary.
Staying true to her generous heart, she continued that in death by gifting her body to St. Louis University School of Medicine.
In memory of Rosemary, be kind, love unconditionally, and help someone in need.
Due to the pandemic, a private memorial service will be held with plans for a larger celebration at a future date.