Rosemary Kirkham, daughter of Joseph and Jesse (Anderson) Hotmer, was born March 2, 1935 in Wellington, Missouri.  She departed this life Sunday, February 11, 2018 in her home, at the age of eighty-two years.

On June 20, 1953, Rosemary was united in marriage to Jack Edwin Kirkham, and to this union four children were born.

Her parents; a son, Jack Kirkham, Jr., five great-grandchildren, and two nieces preceded Rosemary in death.

She is survived by her husband of nearly sixty-five years, Jack, of the home; her children, Richard Kirkham, and wife Cindy, of Olathe, Kansas, Joy Dunmire and husband David, of Butte, Montana, and Dawn Kirkham, of Springfield, Missouri; her daughter-in-law, Melinda Kirkham, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; eleven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Joan Rigg, of Independence, Missouri, and Jeanette Myers, of Salina, Kansas.

Rosemary was a graduate of Westport High School. Following her graduation, she met and married Jack and she then started her career as an executive secretary. She and Jack retired in 1991, and they moved to the Lake of the Ozarks area shortly afterwards.  

She was a member of Montgomery Baptist Church where she also served as the Secretary/Treasurer and Sunday School Teacher for many years. She also served in the same capacities at Faith Baptist Church and LakeView Baptist Church throughout the years. She was a devoted pastors wife.

In her spare time, Rosemary loved to sew, crochet, and do other crafts.  She was a member of the Climax Springs Craft Club for many years, and also enjoyed fishing whenever possible.

Rosemary was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt, and was a caring neighbor and friend.  We celebrate her life and accomplishments and will treasure the many wonderful memories she has created for her family and many dear friends.

Services will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home, Camdenton, Missouri.  Burial will follow in Allee Memorial Gardens, Camdenton, Missouri.  Visitation will be from 1 p.m., until time of service.

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Arrangements are under the direction of Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home, Camdenton, Missouri.