Rosemary (Tucker) Decker ’68

Rosemary died on June 24, 2016, from injuries sustained in a horse riding accident while on vacation with her family. Rosemary grew up in Casper, Wyoming, and matriculated to Kalamazoo College from Natrona County High School, where she was seventh in her class of 783 students. At K she majored in English, studied abroad in Aix en Provence, France, and did her career service quarter in Washington, D.C., working for U.S. Senator Milward Simpson. She wrote her Senior Individualized Project on the 18th-century poet Alexander Pope. One month after graduating in June 1968 she married her college sweetheart and the love of her life, Harold J. Decker ’67. Rosemary died one month shy of what would have been the couple’s 48th wedding anniversary. Rosemary earned a Master of Library Science degree from UCLA and worked in the Whittier (Calif.) Public Library as a children’s librarian. She and Harold returned to Kalamazoo in 1980. They raised three beautiful daughters. Rosemary was active in many civic and fundraising organizations, including, among others, Newcomers, Junior League, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra League, and the Kalamazoo College Alumni Association Executive Board. She was an avid reader, gardener and skier. Above all, she loved family and friends. She is survived by her husband, their three daughters and three granddaughters, two sisters, as well as several nieces and nephews and their children.

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