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 Rosemary Washam was born in Saddle, Arkansas, the daughter of Lenzy and Gleora Frazier Langston on January 6, 1931, and departed this life on September 30, 2022, at Southfork River Therapy and Living in Salem, Arkansas, at the age of 91 years. 

  She was united in marriage to Edd Washam on February 12, 1950, in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas. They spent sixty-nine wonderful years together.

  She is survived by her three children Tessie Jean Harper of Los Angeles, California, Anna DeShazo and husband, Bruce of Glenpool, Oklahoma, and Edwin Washam of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Lindsey Wiseman and husband, Brad of Salem, Arkansas, Brittani VanWinkle and husband, Larmon of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, and Kevin DeShazo and wife, Megan of Edmond, Oklahoma; seven great-grandchildren Gabe, Maggie, Daniel, Noah, Abigail, Barrett, and Asher; she was a special aunt to her many nieces and nephews, especially Eugene and Judy along with Dale and Ann Washam, and other relatives and countless friends.

  She was preceded in death by her husband, Edd Washam; parents Gleora and Lenzy; sister Mildred Sutherland; three brothers Lloyd, Boyd, and Floyd Langston, and her niece, Joyce Keirn.

  Rosemary was a lifelong member of the Mammoth Spring Church of Christ. Along with her husband, Edd, they owned and operated Washam Hardware. She was an active member of the community and supported clubs and school activities for 65 years. 

  Rosemary will be remembered as a loving wife, mom, grandma, mamaw, and a friend to many.

  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude’s Miracle Network and Children’s House in Paragould, Arkansas.




Funeral services for Rosemary Washam, age 91, of Salem, Arkansas, will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. before the funeral service.


Interment will be on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, in Riverside Cemetery, Mammoth Spring, Arkansas with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.



  1. Shelia Young
    October 3, 2022 @ 5:26 pm

    Rosemary was a special lady. Always enjoyed talking with her and Ed. I’ve missed seeing her around town the past few years. Glad I had the chance to know her. God bless you all during this time.

  2. Jerry Lee Branscum
    October 3, 2022 @ 9:04 pm

    Sorry to hear of the loss of this sweet lady. I didn’t know her personally but have been in her stores many times. Prayers for the family

  3. Garry Lawrence
    October 4, 2022 @ 10:53 am

    I met Ed & Rosemary when we were involved in the local play “The Blue Skies Of Arkansas.” I was immediately drawn to them, their kindness, humor, dedication to the community & family. They are missed but will remain in my heart & memories.

  4. Dean Williams
    October 4, 2022 @ 12:58 pm

    So sorry to hear of Rosemary passing. See was a friend that I got to talk to before she had to rely on life help. When I was just a kid I lived with her mom and dad for several months, but we had ben next door neighbors of Lenzy and Gleora’s so like family that is what they did. Rosemary, Boyd and Lloyd or Bill, became very meaningful to my life. Rosemary was so kind smart thoughtful, was a privilege to have known her. Was always good to go to visit with Rosie and Ed at the Hardware. All the family, it’s with deep sympathy I am thinking of you all today.

  5. Donna Allen
    October 4, 2022 @ 1:12 pm

    To the family of Miss Rosemary Washam. What a great loss. I am very sorry to hear of her passing. I so very much enjoyed her coming into the Drug Store and talking with me. She was a very special lady, loved by many and will be greatly missed. Prayers for comfort for you all during this time

  6. Hasseltine Goetting Coats
    October 4, 2022 @ 1:51 pm

    Rosemary was my sister in Christ and we worked together for 9 years at the Housing Authority. She did a great job of whatever needed doing. I miss her a lot.

  7. Neal Nicholson
    October 4, 2022 @ 7:57 pm

    I also have great memories of Ed and Rosemary, at church and at the hardware, I use to go into Shipp Lumber Co. And Ed would help me, and later would go into the Washam Hardware on Main Street in Mammoth Spring, Ed and Rosie as I call her would always help me and sometimes I would help them get the heavy items in the back door, they were always so much fun,
    I will always remember both of them Ed and Rosie are now togeather again, Rest in Peace,
    Prayers of comfort for the family,