Rosemary Jamison Taylor, 79, left us for the arms of God Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010, after a short illness. Service will be 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, at the Mausoleum Chapel at Waco Memorial Park with Monsignor Mark Deering officiating.
Rosemary was born in Hannibal, Mo. to the late Paul W. and Nadine Schroeder Jamison. She graduated from Hannibal High School and became a full time operator with Southwestern Bell. She moved to Waco in 1954. Her son, James R. Munson, was born in 1955 and he attended Richfield High and later, he graduated from Baylor, and she was very proud of him. Rosemary became a "single mom" in 1961. She worked as a secretary for an insurance company and then with the Better Business Bureau. In 1966, she was offered the position of manager, and then later, president of the Bureau. Through her hard work and dedication to the principles of the BBB, she built the Waco Bureau into one of the most effective and admired in the national network of Bureaus. Rosemary instigated and administered "Truth in Advertising" and arbitration programs, improved community awareness of the Bureau through personal appearances, radio, TV, and newspaper interviews, as well as through consumer alerts. She also edited and published a monthly bulletin for member firms. Rosemary was the third woman to be invited to join the Rotary Club of Waco. In 1968, she met and married R. Lee Taylor and in 1973, they moved to their self-designed "dream home" in Woodway. After 24 years of service to the BBB, she retired in 1990 to devote her time to travel, homemaking, and cooking.
Rosemary is survived by her husband of 42 years, R. Lee Taylor, of Woodway; son, James "Jim" R. Munson and wife, Kathy, of Rowlett; step-daughters, Lisa Hutson and Lucy Segars; step-sons, Matt and Chris Taylor; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Sue Lucas, of St. Charles, Mo. and Frances Campbell, of Highland, Ill.; as well as many, many friends and business associates. Rosemary will be greatly missed by all who loved her.