Rosemary Gerard Fryer, 88, passed away Feb. 22 at Vineyard Hills Health Center in Templeton. She was born into the large and tight-knit family of Winston and Josephine McDonald in 1924, in Los Angeles. She graduated from St. Mary's Academy in that city and married Robert Fryer in 1946. The Fryers moved to Paso Robles in 1962, where Bob was employed as a pipeline operator by the Mobil Oil Company.
Family, faith, church, Boy Scouts and sports were the main passions of Rosemary's life. Known to many in the North County for her community service, she was active on the San Miguel Parish Council, assisted with the liturgy and for years worked the cake booth at the mission's fiesta.
For 20 years she served as the secretary at St. Rose School, where any hungry or upset child could go to her for food or solace. Her long involvement in the Boy Scouts began when she distributed scouting brochures at St. Rose. She coached and refereed softball, basketball and volleyball games, always in her trademark bobby-sox and black and white oxford shoes. For years she taught archery at the scouts Camp French, all from a manual, as she had never drawn a bow in her life. In 1984, she received the Santa Lucia Council's Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver award for her years of distinguished service. Rosemary was involved with the Boy Scouts for more than 50 years.
Rosemary loved the L.A. Lakers, Dodgers (forever), math and little kids. She kept her Post Office solvent by sending out more than 200 Christmas cards every year. She was an excellent seamstress and a comfort-food cook whose chili-mac specialty could be infinitely expanded to feed unexpected friends or family members.
Rosemary was predeceased by her husband, Bob; son Bobby; and brother Jack. She is survived by daughter Ann Fryer; son Steven (Claire) Fryer; grandchildren Brendan (Bailey) Fryer and Erin Fryer; and several great-grandchildren; as well as four of her siblings and almost 50 nephews and nieces. Donations may be made to San Miguel Mission Restoration Fund, Boy Scouts of America, or a charity of your choice.
The Rosary was held Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at Kuehl-Nicolay Mortuary. The funeral mass will be Friday, March 1 at 10 a.m. at Mission San Miguel.
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