December 28, 2017

Margaret Bemis “Mardi” Rose

Rose, Margaret. Bemis “Mardi” of Hingham. Born St Louis MO, grew up in Brookline and Cohasset MA died December 28th 2017.

Mardi attended Windsor high school where she held the record of most goals scored in Field Hockey for many years. In 1949 she earned a B.A from Stanford Unversity with a major in pre-Architecture. In 1953 she became the first Woman to earn a masters degree in city planning from Yale University.

From 1954-1958 she worked as an Associate city planner for Baltimore County Maryland. She married in 1955 and had three sons. After 1960 they lived abroad in Sweden and England, before returning to the United States in 1975.

She became deputy director of the Samaritans, working to introduce the program to the United States. During the 1980’s she was involved with Cambridge Living Options for Elders (CLOE). She also visited many parts of the world as a participant of Earthwatch expeditions.

Mardi loved Animals, the environment, and staying active. She was a sweet, kind and generous woman. Mardi will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Former spouse of the late John Rose. Loving mother of Lochlan Houghton Rose and his wife Eileen of Illinois, Gregg B. Rose of Hingham and Garth Anders Rose and his wife Elizabeth of Ojai California. Cherished sister of F. Gregg Bemis Jr. and his wife Lisa of Santa Fe New Mexico. Loving grandmother of  Spencer, Maisie, Liam, Braxton, Teagan and Faith Rose.

Relatives and Friends are respectfully invited to attend a gathering at the Sons of Italy Lodge 88 Chief Justice Parkway in Hingham on Saturday January 20th at 12:30 PM with a memorial service at 2 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mardi maybe made to Norwell Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice 120 Longwater Drive, Norwell MA 02061 or to Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, 1055 Commonwealth Ave Boston MA 02215.