From Auto Care Association Insider Weekly News
Rosemary, born Feb. 1, 1949, in Washington, D.C., passed away surrounded by family July 4, in Hockessin, Delaware. Rosemary (Posy) was preceded in death by her loving husband Vincent G. Perry. She is survived by her two children, Jennifer Conway (Rory) and Vincent Perry (Hadassah) both of Hockessin, as well as three grandchildren: Cailin, Kelsea and Dillon. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert D. Splain and step-father, Rodney Briggs. She is survived by her mother, Rosemary Splain Briggs of Bethesda, Maryland, and her siblings Robert (Denise) also of Bethesda, James (Diane) of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Catherine (Wayne) of Pocasset, Massachusetts, Paul of Silver Spring, Maryland, and John (Amy) of Brookeville, Maryland, as well as 13 nieces and nephews.
Rosemary was raised in Washington, D.C., graduated from Georgetown Visitation High School and attended Cardinal Cushing College in Brookline, Massachusetts. She met her husband, Vincent Perry, while working at Georgetown University and after they married, they moved to Long Island, New York, where he started his dental practice. They raised two wonderful children, Jennifer and Vincent while living in Long Island. After her husband’s passing, she moved back to the area in 1994, living in Bethesda, and began working for the Auto Care Association in Bethesda, finding her niche in the membership department before retiring in 2016 as a Segment Management Specialist and receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Import Vehicle Community with whom she worked on numerous conferences. Rosemary threw herself into her work constantly taking on new challenges. She was admired by her co-workers and she cared so much for them they were like another family.
Rosemary or Posy, as family and childhood friends called her, showed great compassion always ready to help out family and friends in times of need. She cared for her husband, Vince through his illness. She relished her role in the family helping out with her Mother and each of her siblings. A large gathering would always see Posy in the kitchen, moving fast and taking charge. Her children and grandchildren gave her such joy. In recent years, she was constantly making the trip from Bethesda to Delaware for her grandchildren’s games, dance recital, Sanford School events and any other occasion to be a close part of their lives. Rosemary will be remembered for her always present smile and positive outlook on life.
Special thank you to The Summit (Retirement Community) Family for such comradery, support and a place to call home for the past year and a half. Thank you also to all the doctors, nurses and admin friends who cared for her, gave her quality of life and dignity in the last few years.
A memorial service is planned in Delaware at 11 a.m. on Aug. 17 at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 7200 Lancaster Pike in Hockessin, Delaware, with a reception to follow. An interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, 4701 Ogletown-Stanton Rd., Newark, R DE 19713.
A memorial service is planned in Delaware for 11 a.m. on Aug. 17 at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 7200 Lancaster Pike in Hockessin DE with a reception to follow. An interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, 4701 Ogletown-Stanton Rd, Newark, DE 19713.