After an extended battle with cancer, Rosemary McDonald died peacefully surrounded by her family on December 31, 2019 in Shawnee, KS at the age of 62. She leaves behind her husband, Kenneth McDonald; her daughters, Kelly Zaloudek (Steve Sawyers), Kim (husband Kenny) Taylor, and Kristin (husband Chip) Swartz; her stepson, Jeremy (wife Ashley) McDonald; her grandchildren Chandler Boyd, Destanie, McKinlea and Montanna Sawyers, Emily and Jillian Taylor, Cade Swartz, and Jack McDonald. She is survived by her father, Walter (wife Barbara) Ryan; her brothers Mark, Ronald (wife Tracy) and Daniel (wife Sandy) Krim, Walter Ryan Jr; and her sister, Karyn (husband John) Lawless as well as her nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her mother, Geraldine Krim.
Rosemary was born on July 16, 1957 in Boston, MA. She moved a lot when she was young, but spent most of her late childhood years in Bellevue, NE with her three brothers Mark, Ronnie and Danny. She moved to the Kansas City area in 1978 and raised her family here. She was dedicated and loyal to her work. Her career in Kansas City began at Avondale Mills. After the company moved, she began her career in the Copier / Printer industry where she remained until May of 2019.
She met her husband Ken in 2002 and they were married in April of 2005. They were a perfect match and spent many hours watching football, going to craft festivals, community events and hanging out with their large group of friends. They had a beautiful garden, which Rosemary envisioned and Ken made come to life!
Rosemary was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She loved gardening, going for long walks, and exploring anything historical. She was most happy in warm weather, and sunshine. She loved spending time with her many close friends, family and especially her grandchildren.
Rosemary was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. She remained dedicated in her work and in her will to fight her illness. She remained a brave, iron-willed woman, even throughout her final months.
Rosemary and Ken attended Westside Family Church regularly and have grown in their faith through the church over the years. She loved God and yearned for a closer relationship as her time here on earth drew closer to the end to make sure that her seat was saved in heaven. Indeed, it was, and those words were spoken to her in her final moments.
Rosemary requested to be cremated. The family would especially like to thank the University of Kansas Cancer Center for their excellent and loving care; Westside Family Church for their overwhelming spiritual support; Crossroads Hospice for their support in her final days; and all the friends and family that loved Rosemary so fully.
A celebration of life ceremony will be held at Westside Family Church (8500 Woodsonia Dr. Lenexa, KS 66227) on January 11, 2020. Visitation will be held from 12:00-1:00 with the celebration of life immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in honor of Rosemary McDonald to either The University of Kansas Cancer Center or Westside Family Church.