Rosemary C. Gregory, 75, homemaker, volunteer

June 01, 1999

Rosemary C. Gregory, a Lutherville homemaker and volunteer who served in the Navy during World War II, died Thursday of respiratory failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 75.

Born in Burnside, La., Rosemary Torregrossa grew up on her father's plantation. When her brother, a pilot, was killed during World War II, she joined the Navy and was assigned to administrative jobs in the Washington area. At a government office in Arlington, Va., she met Francis Gregory, a native Baltimorean.

They married in May 1945 and moved to Middle River. The Gregorys moved to Lutherville in 1966. She was active in the Girl and Boy Scouts, and volunteered with seniors at Church Home in Baltimore, a retirement community.

"She was very gregarious and outgoing," said Francis Gregory, her husband of 54 years. "She was always doing things for other people."

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today at the Church of the Nativity, 1800 Vista Lane in Timonium.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Karen Schafer of Baldwin and Susan Grevey of Jacksonville; two sons, Charles Gregory of Madison, Conn., and Brian Gregory of Lutherville; two sisters, Margie Thompson and Patricia Kleinpeter, both of Baton Rouge, La.; and 11 grandchildren.

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