Rosemary Wallace Smith Goldwire
Rosemary Wallace Smith Goldwire, age 79 of Yulee, Florida passed away suddenly on Sunday, February 16, 2020 after an enjoyable evening at a Valentine�s dinner with her loving husband, Bill. Mrs. Goldwire bravely battled Parkinson�s disease, emphysema, COPD and neuropathy over the last 7 years, but always had a tremendous will to live a full life and never lost her optimism.
Rosemary was born on January 19, 1941 in Statesboro, Georgia to Marion Cooper Smith and Byron �Crook� Smith. The youngest of four girls, she moved to Savannah at age 3 and attended Charles Ellis Elementary School and graduated from Savannah High School. She attended Mercer University in Macon, Georgia but ultimately became a flight attendant for United Airlines. She lived in Chicago, Denver and New York City while working for United and traveled the globe for 30 years. She loved to regale her nieces and nephews with stories about the celebrities she encountered on her many flights, as well as the ordinary people who made her job more interesting. Many of her coworkers called her by her nickname, �Georgia�, given in honor of her southern heritage and accent.
She met William �Bill� Goldwire while they were both working for the airlines and married him in December of 1992. They spent the last 28 years on their property that bordered the wetlands in Yulee and loved being surrounded by the pristine nature of north Florida. Rosemary loved to cook, to eat good food and collect cookbooks where she would spend countless hours poring over recipes. She loved her sisters dearly and would open her heart and home to them and their families every July 4th.
She is survived by her husband, Bill Goldwire, who has always taken the utmost care of her; daughters, Lyn Goldwire of Yulee, Florida, Jan Reynolds, of Illinois; her sisters, Suzanne Geier of Melbourne, Florida, Marion Johnson of Raleigh, North Carolina; nieces and nephews, Shawn Wouters (Brent) of Atlanta, Georgia, Caron Sanders of Melbourne, Florida, Anne Brown (Walt) of Raleigh, North Carolina, Shelia Freeman (Bill) of Warner Robins, Georgia, Eric Geier (Laura) of Rockledge, Florida, Jimmy O�Neal (Kathy) of Warner Robbins, Georgia, Marion Johnson of Seattle, Washington, Suzy Maiorana (Nick) of Macon, Georgia, Caroline Tanner (Greg) of Atlanta, Georgia; step grandchildren, Tasha Arevalo, Shambreanna Limond, William Goldwire III, Mandy Erickson all from Illinois and a myriad of adoring grandnieces and grandnephews.
Services will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at The Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Fernandina Beach, FL