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Rosemary Brown Witt Crocker

April 10, 1926 - February 27, 2014
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Rosemary Brown Witt Crocker 87, passed away Feb. 27, 2014. She was born in Indianapolis to the late Russell and Lillian Brown. Rosemary is survived by her daughter Deborah (David) Ruehrschneck; granddaughter Denise (Scott) Jacobson; great grandson Bryce Jacobson; sister Helen Brown Hauck Gray; and her very spoiled cat Tiger Boy. Visitation will be held Monday March 3rd from 5:00 -8:00 PM at Little & Sons Funeral Home Stop 11 Chapel. A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday March 4th at 2:00 PM in the funeral home with visitation one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The SON...
Rosemary Brown Witt Crocker

87, passed away Feb. 27, 2014. She was born in Indianapolis to the late Russell and Lillian Brown.
Rosemary is survived by her daughter Deborah (David) Ruehrschneck; granddaughter Denise (Scott) Jacobson; great grandson Bryce Jacobson; sister Helen Brown Hauck Gray; and her very spoiled cat Tiger Boy.
Visitation will be held Monday March 3rd from 5:00 -8:00 PM at Little & Sons Funeral Home Stop 11 Chapel. A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday March 4th at 2:00 PM in the funeral home with visitation one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The SON Foundation, Inc. Box 17036, Indpls, IN 46217. www.littleandsonsindianapolis.com

- Born April 10, 1926 in Indianapolis
- Parents - Lillian Johnson Brown and Russell Merritt Brown
- Lived in Indianapolis, IN at 737 N. Chester during her childhood
- Moved to Lemoyne, PA and Denver, CO during high school years for her father's work with the U.S. Highway deparment
- Returned to Indianapolis for senior year of high school and graduated from Tech in 1944
- Worked for Indiana Bell after high school graduation
- Married William Witt September 2, 1945 at Third Christian Church, 17th & Broadway, Indianapolis while he was on a three day pass from the
Navy
Moved to Cherry Point, NC and lived on Navy Base until Bill was shipped out to Germany to serve as a dentist
- Joined Bill in Germany in December, 1946 after a rough Atlantic ship crossing
- Lived on base in Germany for six months
- Was able to do some traveling around Germany and France during that time, visiting Paris for a vacation
- Moved back to Indianapolis in June, 1947 and lived at 4319 N. Park with Bill's mother briefly
- Moved to double at 4248-4250 College (Bill's mother in other half) and lived there until 1972
Moved to 5351 Wiley Ave. on northeast side of Indianapolis and lived there until her divorce in 1990 when she moved to the southside of
Indianapolis and purchased the house next door to Debbie and Dave at 6516 Nathan Lane where Denise, Scott, and Bryce currently live
- Daughter Debbie born March 26, 1951
- Did not work outside the home until Debbie was in school
- Did not drive until taking job at Jordan YMCA. Office started at 42nd & College but when facility moved to 86th & College she became office
manager and worked there for several years
- Changed jobs in late 1960's to work at Avenue Office Supplies which was at 42nd & College
- Moved store to 52nd & Keystone and became office manager under new ownership
- Worked there under three different owners for over 30 years
- Worked for one other office supply company, Paper Service & Office Supplies, until retiring in the late 1990's
- Married Delbert Crocker in 1995 and divorced a few years later
Was very active member of Third Christian Church all of her life until the church disbanded in 1999 then became member of St. John's
Church of Christ
- Enjoyed singing in the church choir at Third and was the soprano soloist for as long as she was a member
- Was active in Sunday School and a lady's circle at Third
- Joined the choir at St. John's and sang for many years until her eyesight started failing
- Also enjoyed Dorcas Circle at St. John's
- Was a member of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir for many years in the 60's and 70's and traveled with the choir on a tour to New York City
to sing at Carnegie Hall
- Enjoyed all classical music
- Enjoyed doing yard work and until a few years ago cut her own lawn on the riding mower…not with accidently running over things occasionally
though!
- Loved cats and has had as many as 11 in the house at one time
- Now only had one, Tiger Boy, who will now live with Debbie and Dave
- Fed a menagerie on the back porch on Nathan Lane…raccoons, skunks, squirrels, birds, opossums, and countless feral cats
- Enjoyed collecting…you name it, she had a collection! Hummel figurines, matchbooks, pens, cat pictures, miniatures, doll houses, music boxes,
music, trivets, dishes, Christmas items, and just about anything you can think of
- Was thrilled with Debbie's choice of husband, Dave. Debbie thinks that if she would have had to choose between herself and Dave, Rosemary
would have chosen Dave!!!
- Enjoyed her granddaughter, Denise, and spent many days with her when Denise was growing up
- Was thrilled to have a great-grandson and amazed at all he was doing. The first thing she always asked me (Deb) when we'd go anyplace in the
car was, "What's Bryce doing that's new?"
- Enjoyed her life at Rosegate Village the past 2 ½ years. Was in both Assisted and Independent Living during that time and always walked over
to the dining room from her apartment for meals. Enjoyed "eating out" and gained over 20 pounds on Rosegate's food!
- Especially enjoyed "Bingo" and always called me to report that she won paper towels, candy, etc., When she won more than one game she
usually gave her second prize to someone who didn't win
- When her dementia problems increased severely last month, she realized she needed more help and we moved her into the Memory Care unit
at Rosegate She was only there for two weeks but enjoyed the activities there…bingo, music, memory games, memory lane, Wheel of
Fortune, etc.
- She never complained…always accepted the challenges that life threw her way…diabetes and dementia were very challenging.
- She's a 30 year breast cancer survior

In lieu of flowers, please send all memorial contributions to The SON Foundation, a non-profit foundation to provide housing for cancer patients and their families that was started by her granddaughter, Denise. We would like to name a bedroom the "Rosemary" room in her memory. www.SONFoundationIndy.org

"Certainly enjoyed Rosemary at Third Christian Church and have some wonderfully fond memories." Mary Alice and Ed Curtis (Westfield, IN)

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