RoseMary Schaul McCollum joined her Lord on Sep. 15, 2012. Though born inRoswell,NMon December 12, 1912, RoseMary can surely be considered anArizonapioneer woman after having lived in the state for over 90 years.
Along with her husband Sig Schaul and their two boys, Steve and Joe, they were one of the first five families in San Manuel following the town’s inception.
RoseMary will be fondly remembered as a long-time teacher in the San Manuel school system. Many will also recall her smiling face alongside husband Sig at Schaul’s Variety store, and later after his premature passing, with her second husband Carl (Mac) McCollum.
She was a tireless volunteer with charities and organizations like the SM Library, Red Cross blood drives, Catholic charities, AZ Democratic Party, teaching English to Spanish-speaking residents, manning voting booths as well as countless other endeavors.
A few years ago, she was named Grand Marshal of the annual SM Fourth of July parade in honor of her many years of service to the community.
At the age of 94, she left her beloved San Manuel and moved to a retirement community in Oro Valley, accompanying her lifelong friends the Coxons and Jodie McCurry. Even after relocating, she continued to play in her weekly SM bridge group, allowing the group to carry on enjoying each other’s company as they had for 50 years!
During the past year she moved to Gilbert to be closer to her son Joe and his family and, while in the midst of planning her upcoming one-hundredth birthday party, it was there she peacefully passed.
RoseMary was preceded in death by her parents, Wyly and Mary Parsons, her sister Patricia Blech and her husbands Sig Schaul and Carl McCollum. She is survived by sons Steve Schaul (Marcia) ofDallas,TX, Joe Schaul (Monica) ofGilbert,AZ, granddaughters Shannon and Erin and brothers Pete and Wyly Parsons.
RoseMary was a self-described “tough old bird” and she will truly be missed by many and beloved by all.
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