Rosemary was born in rural Winona County to Edwin and Ada Smith. She spent her early years on Homer Ridge in Winona County. After graduating from Winona Senior High School and Winona State College she taught school in western Minnesota before returning to Winona. She worked for many years at the Steak Shop restaurant and later at Linahan's Restaurant in Winona.
She is survived by her sister, Beverly Douglas of Winona; her two sons, Dale Duran of Winona and Denis Duran of Scottsdale, Arizona; two grandchildren, Brenna Duran Chu and Lauren Duran Tomesh both of Phoenix, Arizona; and four great-grandchildren, Jade, Nico, Colter and Willow all of Arizona.
Rosemary was a long-time member of Central Methodist Church and had served in several volunteer organizations in Winona. She was a voracious reader and prized her Winona Public Library membership card. In lieu of cards or flowers please support The Friends of the Winona Public Library and leave a little extra tip for your favorite waiter or waitress.
The family would like to thank the staff of Calista Court and St Anne's Hospice for their help
Rosemary had traveled extensively throughout the United States and had lived in both California and New York as a young woman, but Winona was always her favorite. She marveled at the beauty of the bluffs and the small valleys and coulees that surround Winona. She would always say "there was no place as beautiful as Winona in the fall". She will be missed.
Honoring Rosemary's wishes, no funeral services will be held, and burial will be at a later date. Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, is assisting the family.
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