Rosemary Gallaway, 93, died August 28, 2013, in La Quinta, California at her home. The eldest child of Delbert and Mary Ferris Dunlap, Rosemary was born November 8, 1919 and spent her childhood in Jackson Township then attended Ridge High School where she was a member of the Queen's Court at the annual Van Wert Co. Peony Festival in 1937. After graduation in 1938 she married Doyt Gallaway. They spent the first 14 years of their 63 year marriage near Van Wert then farmed and operated a John Deere dealership for the next 30years in Athens Co. before returning to Van Wert for several years. After retirement they went to Sun City West in Arizona where they were both active in creating a very extensive and well-known cacti growing business. After Doyt's death in 2001 Rosemary spent the next 9 years near her daughter in Santa Rosa and San Rafael, California before her final move in 2011 to La Quinta, Calif. Needless to say she had a bit of wanderlust in her and was always open to new places and new ideas.
Rosemary is survived by her children, Jayne (Pat) Lyons of La Quinta, CA; Robert (Jean) Gallaway of Good Thunder, MN; her grandchildren, Nanette (Dave) Hartup; Aaron Gallaway; Erick (Dawn) Gallaway; her great grandchildren, Emily and Nick Hartup; Tyler (Paige) Gallaway; and great great granddaughter, Kinnley Gallaway.
Rosemary is preceded in death by her brother, Dennis Dunlap.
Visitation is 4 - 6 p.m., Friday, September 27, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, if desired, memorial contributions can be made in her name to Charter Hospice, who cared very well for her in the last days. Address: 1012 East Cooley Dr. Suite G, Colton, CA 92324.