Memorial services for Rosemary “Rosie” Robertson are scheduled for Tuesday at 11 a.m., in the First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Rick Baggett officiating. The family will host a visitation at the Craddock Funeral Home today from 2-3 p.m.
Rosie was born February 4, 1930, in Wewoka, Okla., to Paul and Ellie (Smith) Traugh. She passed this life on June 16, 2015, in Oklahoma City. Rosemary and her parents moved from Wewoka to Oklahoma City when she was a little girl. She grew up in Nichols Hills and attended Harding Jr. High and Holland Hall School for girls in Tulsa. She graduated from Classen High School in 1948. High school is where she met her future husband, Charles Schwab. They attended the University of Oklahoma where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.
She and Charles married in 1950. They moved to Rapid City, SD where Charles was stationed in the Air Force. They moved to Ardmore in 1957 and quickly made friends with the other young families there. Charles was the Pontiac Dealer and they were members of the First Presbyterian Church. They were active in the Ardmore Little Theater and the Four Season’s Dance Club. She was active in the Ivy Garden Club, Holly Garden Club, Pi Phi Alumni, Birthday Club and the Church. They also enjoyed their many weekends at Lake Murray water skiing. Their lives were active and ideal until Charles tragically died in 1970. After Charles’ death, Rosemary went to work at the Lincoln Bank and Edward D. Jones.
She was living alone until she met Bill Robertson and they married in 1974. Bill and Rosie enjoyed socializing with their many friends, playing golf at Dornick Hills, cooking and traveling together. In the last few years she had become very active in the First Presbyterian Church and where she served as an Elder. Rosie and Bill were married for 40 years before his passing away June 30, 2014. She enjoyed playing Mahjong with her girlfriends and had many interests but her pride and joy were her two boys and their active families and always wanted to try to keep up with what they were all doing. She also attended yoga and aerobic classes daily at the YMCA. She served on the YMCA Board of Directors right after the “Y” opened. She always loved spending time in her garden, which is where she suffered her stroke.
She is survived by her two sons, Michael Schwab and his wife, Kathryn of San Anselmo, Calif. and Randy Schwab and his wife, Annette of Edmond, Okla.; her grandchildren, Dr. Paul Schwab and his wife, Debbie of Washington State and their daughter, Ellie, Eric Schwab of Calif., Peter Schwab of NY, Dr. Garrett Schwab and his wife, Lindsay of Kansas, Emily McKinney and her husband, Dr. Ben McKinney of Memphis, Tenn.; step daughter, Debbie Blair and her husband, Scott of Norman, Okla.; two step granddaughters, Jaime Jennings and her husband, Danny and Carrie Blair.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Ellie Traugh; and two husbands, Charles Schwab and Bill Robertson.
Memorials may be made to the YMCA or to the First Presbyterian Church in Ardmore.
Online condolences can be made at craddockfuneralhome.com.