Rosemary June (Geyer) Brown

June 16, 1927 ‒ September 14, 2021

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Rosemary June (Geyer) Brown was born on June 16, 1927, in Mount Gilead, the fifth of nine children of Henry Clyde “Tommy” Geyer and Imo Lurah Vaughan. She died at the age of 94 years on September 14, 2021, in Mount Gilead, following a short illness. She was a member of the Mount Gilead HS Class of 1945. On March 28, 1948, Rosemary was married to William Buford Brown, at Trinity Methodist Church in Mount Gilead by Rev. Eugene Rush. Lifelong residents of Morrow County, Buford and Rosemary operated a dairy and grain farm in Harmony Township from 1948 until 2003. They were faithful members of Harmony Chapel UMC from the time of their marriage.

Rosemary was a dedicated homemaker, farm wife, and mother. She was elected to two terms on the Mount Gilead Schools Board of Education, and she volunteered for many civic, social, church, and youth organizations over the years. She had been a cheerleader in school and enjoyed returning for alumni events. For her grandchildren, she once demonstrated her somersault skills in the living room.

She learned recipes from her mother, mother-in-law, and others, and perfected the “dump and hope” method. She was renowned for her baked goods, such as sweet rolls, pies, and cookies, and she could get a crick in her arm, adding extra sugar to her recipes. Rosemary loved to make things for church bake sales and dinners, and also supported the Morrow County Hospital Twig as a volunteer. She was an avid supporter of performing arts through the schools and through the Morrow Little Theatre. She loved to mow her lawn, with her bad left leg propped up on a homemade foot peg. She kept a large vegetable garden well into her retirement years, and after gardening became impossible, she could still be seen walking in the lawn with a digging stick to kill dandelions and other weeds. No one remembered birthdays and anniversaries better, or sent more greeting cards near and far.

Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; five siblings: Melvin Geyer, Anna Weller, John F. Geyer, Roberta Higgins, and James D. Geyer; one son-in-law, Richard L. Pearce; one grandson-in-law, Scott Morrison; and one former daughter-in-law, Connie Peters Brown. She is survived by three siblings: Martha Kubbs, Bonny Galleher, and Barbara Sutherland; four children: Steven K. (Linda) Brown; Laura Lee Pearce; Lu Ann (Rick) Jones; and Vincent J. (Laura) Brown. Rosemary had nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at Rivercliff Cemetery in Mount Gilead on Friday, September 17, 2021, at 1:00 pm. Then on Sunday, September 19, 2021, the family will greet visitors at the Harmony Chapel UMC picnic shelter beginning at 2:00 pm with a memorial service at 3:00 pm. The church address is 3994 County Road 20, Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338, at the intersection of Road 123. Guests are asked to bring chairs, practice social distancing, and wear masks.

The family acknowledges the efforts of Morrow County Hospice and Rosemary’s daughter Laura Lee Pearce, who cared for her during her recent illness. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to Harmony Chapel UMC.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Rosemary’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • What an admirable person with a well lived wonderful life and great legacy. Rick snd LuAnn along with all your children and grandchildren and your siblings have much for which to be grateful. You are in my prayers as you mourn and celebrate during the days ahead.
    Aunt Linda Ricker

  • To Rosemary’s Family,

    I have never met a woman who had such a memory! People’s names, dates, who was related to who, etc. I loved walking into Harmony UMC and talking to Rosemary in the back row. Sometimes the preacher was already walking down the aisle before we quit talking.

    So much history is leaving this earth, hopefully I’ll get to get caught up with the news when I see her again.

    What a lady!

    Harry and Phyllis

  • Rosemary was a very special person. We loved her support of Ethan in Track and Field. She truly was centered on her family. God Bless!

  • Her smile and Sassyness was everything…she was the heart of Harmony Chapel. Her and Jacob became great friends when he was only maybe 3 or 4. Always wanted to sit with her and asked to go see her and kept all the cards she sent him. He is now 21 and one thing I know for sure is that she loved him as much as she loved me and all of us kids from Harmony. Rest sweet Angel. ❤

  • From what we know of her. And have read she was quite remarkable.Prayers for her and the family.

  • Praying for all of you during this time of grief, but also rejoicing, as we know she’s with the Lord. She was very dear to me!

  • We are sorry to hear of the loss of this sweet lady! What a character, always happy and smiling. I know all of you will miss her dearly , but I bet you have tons of good memories!

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. Beautiful lady with an amazing smile.
    Love, Brian and Patty Mosher

  • The few times I met Rosemary, she was always so sweet and cheerful – much like you are LuAnn !! You were certainly blessed to have a mother with you for so long. May you find comfort in God’s love.

  • So sorry to hear of Rosemary’s death… Praying for comfort & peace for you all. She was a lovely woman & she lives on in her wonderful family.

  • My deepest sympathy in the loss of Aunt Rosemary. She always made me laugh and she had a memory that was amazing. Prayers for the family.
    Jennifer Higgins

  • Sending prayers and loving thoughts to all of you. Your Mom will be so missed by so many people. Love and hugs to each one of you. Sandee and Jim Wolfinger

  • Steven, Laura, Lu Ann, and Vincent-I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Her smile lit up a room! You are in my prayers.

  • I’m so sorry to hear of Rosemary’s passing. My sincerest condolences to the family. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed by many.

  • Our deepest condolences to you and family from the Walters Family. She was a sweet neighbor to us for 25 years.

  • Rosemary always showed us how to be the hands and feet of Jesus. She never knew a stranger, especially when they would visit at Harmony church. Her life was well lived and so full! I know how much all of you will miss her, and I am so thankful my formative years were spent knowing her tender love at church and as a neighbor.

  • Both Diana and I are deeply saddened to hear of Rosemary’s passing. We will remember her for her infectious smile and robust positive personality. She would light up the room and make people feel special in her presence. She will surely be missed. Our prayers for peace and comfort to the entire family.

  • Luann, Laura and Steve:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Your mom was a beautiful, dear lady that will be missed by many. Hold tight to your memories.

  • We are saddened by this news. Rosemary will always be remembered by the Gene and Betty Foster kids as a teacher at Harmony Chapel but mostly because she taught us kids all the Christian songs after church and before Sunday school. She was an absolute gem with an outstanding memory and so much grace. Our condolences to her family. Godspeed Rosemary!

    George and Vickie (Foster)Noltensmeyer
    Steve and Jan Foster
    Lesa Foster

  • Rosemary will be remembered by her smile and never meeting a stranger. Her love for her family and church were her greatest joy. Blessings for the family.

  • What a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Rosemary will be missed by the neighbors, Harmony Chapel, and Morrow County. She had a full life and will be remembered forever. So sorry for your loss Laura, LuAnn, Steven and Vincent. You and your entire family are in Ed and my prayers.

  • My condolences to all the Brown family. Rosemary was a very unique lady and never without a smile. The three grandchildren we shared were truly blessed by her love and concerns. She will be missed by all who knew her.
    In God’s Love and Friendship, Helen Jordan

  • Rosemary always had a smile on her face and when we would meet up with her she would give me a hug and say ‘we Rosemary’s have to stick together”. To her family; We are so sorry for your loss.

  • Steven, Siblings and Families – I am sad to hear of the loss of beautiful Rosemary, your mom and family member.
    Her smile and her eyes are what I will remember.
    She made life better for those around her.

    My deepest condolence.

  • It was so sweet and wonderful to see Rosemary, Bonny, and Laura in July at Jimmy’s “rock concert”. A very precious memory for Jimmy, Jason, their sons, and for all of us. Aunt Rosemary was so faithful to keep in touch throughout these years with the Geyer boys. She was, and IS a true angel. We love her and all the Geyer families.
    Love and prayers to you all, The James D. Geyer Family, and Jane.

  • My prayers go to Rosemary’s family. I always enjoyed speaking with her at Twig events. She was a delightful lady.

  • Fond memories of Rosemary and Oh the stories she could tell!! She loved her church and her family dearly!! Our sympathy and prayers for the family .

  • To the Brown family,
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss.
    Rosemary always had a beautiful smile, and a spunky attitude that she shared with everyone she met. She was never at a loss for words.
    Cherish all those blessed memories you have of her throughout her life.
    Prayers for comfort and peace,
    Bonnie Drake

  • Our prayers and sympathy in the passing of your Mother. A very special, godly women. Cherish the precious memories. May the Lord be your comfort and strength to carry your through. Dale & Marsha

  • Laura and family, so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. May the peace that passes understanding be with you all. Diana Shaw Lehman

  • Vince, our thoughts are with you and your entire family this week. What a great description of a life well lived and well loved.

  • Our love to Rosemary’s family in this tender time. we are holding you all in prayer.
    Bill and Judy Johnson

  • Dear Brown Family,
    We enjoyed knowing Rosemary as a friend and neighbor. She had such a happy positive attitude that her enthusiasm for life was contagious.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you as we celebrate her life.
    Merrill and Jane Brucker

  • Rosemary was my most fondly remembered Sunday school teacher. She was instrumental in my developing a conscious. Love and peace to you all

  • To the Brown family – you are in our thoughts today and during this difficult time. We have so many fond memories of Rosemary and Buford and will be sending those to you very soon. With love from LeRoy and Ona Randolph and family

  • What a lovely tribute to Rosemary, who lived an amazing life. It’s very touching to hear the voice of her loving family shine through this personal and touching obituary. The Brown family is in my thoughts and prayers with this loss of a clearly loved family member.

  • I am so heartbroken over the news that dear rosemary passed. My husband brent and I got close to her delivering her paper. She would leave us notes and lots of goodies. She was and is very special in our hearts. I have every note and card and recipe she wrote us… I will hold the memories forever. Thoughts and prayers go out to all the family… So very sorry for your loss.