Age 80, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. She was born in April of 1934 to Bruce and Elizabeth Spackman in their family home in Dillard. She graduated from Roseburg High School in 1951. Rosemary was married to Vincent (Denny) Spires for 56 years until his passing in February of 2008.
She was a well known local artist whose work has been shown at the Portland Art Museum and the Umpqua Valley Arts Center. Her work is on display at the Ford Foundation, Douglas County Library and many private art collections throughout the Northwest. Rosemary spent several years working at the Douglas County Museum as the Exhibits Director.
She is survived by two sons: Mitch Spires and wife Regina, Jay Spires and wife Theresa; three daughters: Dana Lilly, Carrie Weick and husband Dennis, Suzanne Jones and Rob Douglas; grandchildren, Scott Spires, Dustin Weick, Kaley Whitehead and husband Derrick, and Nick Jones; plus five great-grandchildren; and many very dear friends including the “beach campers”. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Matthew Spires.
Those she has left behind are filled with fond memories of family vacations and camping trips, days spent at the beach, her exceptional trivial pursuit skills and love of a good debate.
A celebration of her life will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center, 1624 West Harvard Ave.