Rosemary Ann Halligan Farley, the daughter of William and Theresa (née Delaney) Halligan was born in Dexter, Iowa on March
27, 1928. She died on March 29, 2013 in Grass Valley, California.
A celebration of life will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m Sunday, April 7, 2013, at St. Canice Hall, 236 Reward St., Nevada City, Calif. Everyone is invited. There will also be a mass dedicated to Rosemary on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at St. Canice Church, 317 Washington St., Nevada City. with private inurnment at Durham Cemetery.
Rosemary graduated from Glidden High School in Glidden, Iowaand the St. Anthony School of Nursing of Carroll, Iowa on May 29,1949. On January 28, 1950 she was married to Robert Claire Farley.They immediately left Iowa and moved to California, living first in Lancaster, Los Angeles County where their first four children were born. Moving to Grass Valley in 1956, another four children were born to the couple. Rosemary and the family had fond memories of living and growing up at the pioneer Barker home at 652 Linden Avenue, Grass Valley. Employed as a nurse for a total of 39 years, Rosemary retired from Nevada Memorial Hospital in May, 1990, after 35 years in the same hospital, having first been employed at the old Miner’s Hospital in Nevada City for three years. Working in obstetrics and delivery in her early years, she had a special bond with her patients, many of whom remembered her fondly. Her retirement party in 1990 and her 80th birthday party celebrated in March, 2008 were the highlights of her social life, as she loved her family and friends dearly. Always ready to go she enjoyed a long trip to see the beauties of the Alaskan wilderness via camper, and enjoyed an extended trip with several siblings to England and Scotland, with a side trip to Ireland to visit the land of her ancestors.Several trips in her retirement years to visit family in Denver, Colorado, Iowa, and Houston, Texas as well as road trips to the many children and grandchildren living in California were enjoyed through the years. Phone calls to each of her children on a weekly basis were the highlights of her days, and she was always the one who kept the farflung family in touch with one another.Social calls included breakfasts and lunches out with a wideranging group of friends, as friendship was what she shared with many. She loved to cook, and through the years shared her talents with her daughters and daughters-in-law, and always made sure that when visiting the grandchildren, to have cookies for them. Strangers were rare in Rosemary’s life as she made friends easily. As the grandchildren grew into young adults she was interested in the various facets of their lives as well.
She is survived by seven children: Rick (Rian) Farley of Durham; Lori (Wayne) Smith of Twain Harte; Rodney Farley of Sacramento;Debra Farley Evans of Grass Valley; Marilyn (Larry) Loesch of Sacramento; Russell (Jane) Farley of Houston, Texas; and Ann Farley of San Jose. She is also survived by three sisters: Carol (Ed) Lobato, Kay (Gene) Shanklin, and Sue Halligan all of the Denver area, and 11 grandchildren: Jesse (Valerie), Jared, Sean (Megan), Megan, Sarah (Brad), Matthew, Robert, Kelley, Laura, Jack and Nicholas; greatgrandson Hunter, two great-grandchildren expected soon, as well as the father of her children, Robert Farley of Churdan, Iowa.She died like she lived, at rest and peace with what life would hand her. Her example to others was of a well-lived life with laughter and hard work shouldered with a will. Sorrows and hardships of life she met with a smile and a resolution to make things work. She looked for the good in others, and shared herself with many. Rest in Peace Mom.
Rosemary was predeceased by her parents, William and Theresa Halligan, a son, Robert Farley, aged 14 months, and one sister: Joyce Fulitano of Des Moines, Iowa.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital for a memorial bench.