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Rosemary Jarvis

Rosemary Jarvis

Female 1921 - 2010  (89 years)

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  • Name Rosemary Jarvis 
    Born 5 Apr 1921  Hubbard, Hill, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Female 
    Arrival 13 Oct 1946  New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Death 21 May 2010  Amherst, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Departure Naples, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    SSN issued Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Name Rosemary Jarvis Wilkes  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Residence Amherst, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence Amherst, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Social Security Number 462-34-9673  [2
    Died 21 May 2010  Nashua, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Rosemary Jarvis Wilkes, 89, resident of Amherst, NH, died Friday, May 21, 2010 at the Courville Nursing Home in Nashua, NH. Rosemary was born on April 5, 1921 in Hubbard, Texas, the oldest child, and only daughter of Ray Hughes Jarvis and Onie (Tanner) Jarvis. Rosemary graduated from Hubbard High School in 1938 and from the University of Texas, Austin in 1942 with a B.A. in Home Economics. She remained a steadfast and proud Longhorn fan all of her life. Rosemary married her hometown sweetheart, Lowell L. Wilkes Jr. in Hubbard on January 25, 1943. She and Lowell remained happily married for 64 years until Lowell’s death in 2007.

      Rosemary’s husband Lowell was a West Point graduate and a Signal Corps officer in Northern Italy during World War II. Rosemary’s own experiences during wartime are preserved in the Rosie the Riveter Museum in Oakland, CA. As is recorded there in her own words, “My wartime work was with Magnolia Petroleum Company in Dallas, Texas. The company later became a part of Exxon-Mobil Corporation. I worked in the Podbylniac Laboratory project to take the lead out of gasoline to reduce the downtime of military portable generators, vehicles and other gasoline powered equipment. As a Rosie, I was chosen for this work because I had studied Chemistry at the University of Texas. My title was that of Laboratory Technician. I liked the people I worked with and the importance of the work related to the war. I really didn’t have any dislikes to what I was doing, even with the rotating shifts. I was glad to do whatever I could to help shorten the war, especially with my husband overseas in Italy and my brother in the South Pacific.”

      In 1958 when Lowell retired from the Army, he and Rosemary moved with their family to Lexington, Massachusetts. As she had done in so many places before Rosemary quickly established roots and made lifelong friends. As a Lexington resident, Rosemary was a leader in numerous civic organizations. In 1975, as President of the Lexington Outlook Club, Rosemary played an integral role in orchestrating several of the Town’s Bicentennial Celebrations marking the beginning of the American Revolution. Rosemary spearheaded the creation of a commemorative quilt which highlights Lexington’s historic sites and which is preserved at the historic Munroe Tavern. Additionally, she served as President of the Lexington PTA and was an active member of the Lexington Methodist Church.

      In 1977 Rosemary and her family moved to Amherst, NH where she lived until entering an eldercare facility. In Amherst she also played an active role in Town life including serving as President of the Amherst Questers and the Amherst Garden Club. She was a founding member of the Souhegan Congregational Church.

      Ingrained with small town values, and the loving devotion of Lowell and her family, Rosemary enjoyed a truly wonderful life. She loved entertaining her family and her many friends both in her home and at “Perrywood”, her beloved summer cottage, on Lake Winnisquam.

      Rosemary is survived by her four devoted children, Lyndon, Ray, Bill and Barbara, and nine loving grandchildren, Christina, Jessica, Kasey, Ben, Chelsea, Taylor, Alyssa, Kyle, and Emily, a great grandson, Thomas, and three nieces, Jac, Ruth and Mary.

      Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 25th at 11:00 AM in the Lexington Methodist Church, 2600 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA. All are invited to a luncheon at the Church immediately following the service. Burial will be in West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY, on Wednesday, May 26th. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hubbard Methodist Church, Hubbard, TX 76648 or to the MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease, Mass General Hospital, 116 14th St. - 114-2001, Charlestown, MA 02129 ATTN: MIND Research Program. Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford, is handling arrangements. To leave an online condolence, please go to www.smith-heald.com.
    Person ID I22384  tng Genealogy

    Family Lowell Lyndon Wilkes, Jr,   b. 21 Mar 1919, San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Nov 2007, Amherst, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
     3. Living
     4. Living
    Family ID F7567  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map Click to display
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 5 Apr 1921 - Hubbard, Hill, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsArrival - 13 Oct 1946 - New York, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 21 May 2010 - Amherst, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeparture - - Naples, Italy Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsSSN issued - - Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Amherst, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Amherst, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Rosemary Jarvis Wilkes photo
    Rosemary Jarvis Wilkes photo

  • Sources 
    1. [S192] New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, Ancestry.com, (Name: Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006;).
      New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006.Original data - Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M237, 675 rolls); Records of the U.S. Customs Service, Record Group 36; National Archives, Washington, D.C. Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1897-1957; (National Archives Microfilm Publication T715, 8892 rolls); Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service; National Archives, Washington, D.C..

    2. [S344] Social Security Death Index, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2009;), Database online. Number: 462-34-9673; Issue State: Texas; Issue Date: Before 1951.
      Record for Rosemary Jarvis Wilkes
      http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=ssdi&h=87418484&indiv=try

    3. [S341] United States Obituary Collection, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006;), Database online. Newspaper: Nashua Telegraph; Publication Date: 24 05 2010; Publication Place: Nashua , NH , USA.
      Record for Rosemary Jarvis Wilkes
      http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=web-obituary&h=22690927&indiv=try

    4. [S293] U.S. Public Records Index, Ancestry.com, (Name: Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2009;).
      U.S. Public Records Index [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007.Original data - Compiled from various U.S. public records.