Obituary: Rosemary Arlene (Hankerd) Kemp, 80

February 10, 2020

Rosemary Kemp

Obituary: Rosemary Arlene (Hankerd) Kemp, 80

Rosemary Arlene (Hankerd) Kemp, 80, of Irons, passed away on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.  

Rosemary was born on August 29, 1939 in Jackson, the daughter of Charles and Clara (Washburn) Hankerd.  She married Glenn T. Kemp on May 26, 1961 in Jackson and they have celebrated 51 years together before his passing on November 5, 2012.

Rosemary dedicated her life to raising her children and would often take in foster children.  She was a member of Faith Fellowship Church, Luther Lions Club, the Peacock Senior Center, and the Sauble Township Board of Review.  When Rosemary wasn’t volunteering for the Special Olympics and Five-Cap, she could often be found playing computer games at the casino or she could be found at her weekly card parties.  She loved to cook, and it brought her great joy to fill the bellies of her friends and family.

Rosemary is survived by her children, Charles (Bobbi) Kemp, Daniel (Mary) Kemp, Michael Kemp, and Anne (Charlie) Kemp-Eaton; grandchildren, Gail, Chuck, Dawn, Stephanie, Greg, Katie, Kristen, Elaine, Lukas, and Braydon; 12 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Linda Musselman and Jody Watson.

Rosemary was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Kemp; parents, Charles and Clara Hankerd; and siblings, Bob and Char.

A memorial service will he held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 3 p.m. at Faith Fellowship Church in Irons, with visitation starting at 2 p.m.  

A Celebration of Life will be held in Jackson at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Fellowship Church or American Cancer Society.

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Arrangements were entrusted to Oak Grove Funeral Home of Ludington.

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