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June 20, 1928 - Jan 19, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY Rosemary Avaritt left behind a body that couldn't keep up and moved on to a place of unlimited creative opportunities for gardening, cooking, sewing, crafts, and conversation. Rosemary was born in Saltillo, Texas, to Herbert and Verona (Dickerson) Avaritt. Rosemary's kids include Rosanne Baker (Todd Baker), of Edmond; Nancy Hutchison (Karen Peterson), of Seattle; and a son, Mark Hutchison, who preceded her in death. Her grandchildren are Staci Denney Kern, Jamie Denney, Jessan Hutchison-Quillian, Rose Sherwood, and Jacob Peterson; the great-grandchildren are Austin Denney and Maximus Denney. Rosemary's sister, Shirley Moore, lives in Greenville, Texas, and her brother, Frank Avaritt, resides in Garland, Texas. Sisters, Kathryn Orren, Frances (Bitsy) Avaritt, and Cinda Patrick, preceded her in death. In Tyler, Rosemary worked as a switchboard operator and in Dallas, at Altec as a secretary. She was church secretary for the Presbyterian Church in Lamesa and Sweetwater, then shifted into the field of medical record librarian, which she continued after retirement as a volunteer at Edmond Medical Center. Not one to sit around, Rosemary volunteered through RSVP, the Hopkins County Extension Education Club, and as a Texas Master Gardener. In Edmond, she had vegetable and flower gardens in several locations and helped at the Butterfly Garden at Washington Irving Elementary School. One of Rosemary's great pleasures was cooking, and she shared salads, casseroles, or sweet treats all over town. Rosemary volunteered as a Master Judge of Household Arts for county fairs and festivals. She also won many prize ribbons at the Hopkins County Fall Festival. Rosemary enjoyed bright colors and dressed with style. She customized her clothes with butterflies, fringe, or a touch of bling. Rosanne inherited that talent for style and eye for color, and together, the two turned Rosemary's homes into showplaces. Rosemary's last home was at Quail Ridge Assisted Living in Oklahoma City. Her family gratefully acknowledges the loving care of the staff as well as the good meals shared at Ava's table. Integris Hospice of Oklahoma County, including Gay, Donna C., and Karen, provided expert care to Rosemary and the family. At Rosemary's request, no formal services will be held. A spring rose planting will be held at the Santa Fe Presbyterian Church. The family suggests memorial donations to OKC Beautiful, a nonprofit organization providing trees and flowers around OKC. Mail to OKC Beautiful, 3535 N Classen Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73118. Please note: "In Memory of Rosemary Avaritt" on the Memo.

Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 27, 2013
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