Rosemary (Goss) Anderson, returned to her loving Heavenly Father’s arms on July 18, 2023 at the age of 88. Rosemary was looking forward to being with the love of her life again.
Rosemary was born on March 3rd, 1935 to Edward Clifford Goss and Tillie Mae (Gardner) Goss in Ely, Nevada. Rosemary loved to play outside with her friends and cousins. They would often be found playing Red Rover, dress up, hide-and-seek and kick-the-can, basketball, and attended football game. They went swimming, played with paper dolls, rode bikes, roller skating and ran through the water hose. They were practically inseparable.
After graduating from White Pine High School in 1952, Rosemary decided to attend the University of Nevada at Reno. Rosemary wanted to get a nursing degree. While in nurses training, she was assigned to be the nurse for Mary Anderson, her future mother-in-law. It was there, she met her future husband, Richard Anderson. They dated for just shy of 2 years and they were married on September 8th, 1956, the day after her college graduation. During their journey of marriage, every year, on their wedding anniversary they would have a portrait taken of the two of them.
Rosemary and Richard moved to Norfolk, Virginia to fulfill Richard’s Army duties. Rosemary would start her nursing career at The Sisters of St. Vincent DePaul Hospital. Rosemary specialized as a scrub nurse and worked in the operating room. They would welcome their first daughter Dara while in Virginia. Shortly after Dara was born, they would move back to Utah to be near family.
Rosemary and Richard bought a house in Sandy, Utah and soon welcomed their son Dallas. Rosemary went to work as a scrub nurse, at a local hospital. Rosemary would often comment later that being a nurse was her second love after her family. A few years later, Rosemary and Richard welcomed their second daughter Diana.
In 1986, Richard passed away suddenly, leaving the family devastated. Rosemary continued her nursing career until she retired in 1988.
In 1993, Rosemary decided she wanted to be closer to her grandchildren and moved to Meridian, Idaho. In 2017, Rosemary moved to be closer to her daughter Diana in San Antonio, Texas.
Rosemary was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Rosemary was passionate about playing the piano. She started playing at age 7 and the rest is history. Her passion for playing was known to anyone who heard her. She was sought after by many to accompany them. Every church ward she was in, she soon became the organist and pianist. She loved when someone asked her to play, even if just at home. She gladly and humbly accepted. She was even known to have given piano lessons!
Another one of Rosemary’s gifts was to crochet. She was taught by one of her aunts at a young age. She was always ready to gift someone with a freshly crocheted baby blanket, a warm scarf or a new poncho. She was great at multitasking. Rosemary could be watching TV, have a conversation with someone and continue crocheting without missing a beat.
Rosemary is preceded in death by her husband, Richard Anderson, her parents, Edward and Tillie (Gardner) Goss, her brother Richard Goss, his wife, Sharon (Draper) Goss, sister in law, Beverly Bird, and her husband Rex Bird.
She is survived by her children, Dara Anderson, Dallas (Lydia) Anderson, and Diana (Michael) Robinson. Her sister Marta (Robert) Rail. Her six grandchildren, Bret (Carrie) Anderson, Brandon (Ashlee) Anderson, Bryce (Elise) Anderson, CJ Wiedeman, Zachery (Emily) Wiedeman and Brooke (Bear) Patrick, as well as being a Grammie to ten beautiful great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Rosemary’s name to The American Cancer Society. Services will be held on August 5th, 2023, in Sandy, UT.