Rosemary Nichols Worley

Born in Nashville, TN on January 30, 1926

Departed on July 9, 2018 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Mrs. Rosemary Nichols Worley, of Nashville, TN passed away at the age of 92 at Alive Hospice in Nashville on July 9, 2018. Rosemary was born in Nashville on January 30, 1926 to the late Paul Nichols Jr. and Myra Patton Nichols.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 56 years, Mr. James Samuel Worley.
Rosemary is survived by her children, Paul Nichols Worley(Karen Winkelmann), Marian Gill Worley(Fletcher Bangs Watson V), Susan Worley Meador(Tommy Meador), and James Samuel Worley Jr.(Shawn Concannon); and her grandchildren, Nick Worley, Ashley Spencer(Jason), Lillian Worley, Owen Worley, Michelle Scopel(Doug), Paige Bacon(Chase), Fletcher Watson VI, Blake Meador(Emelyn), and Shelby Murphy(Chris). She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Myra Evelyn Sills and Gloria Gladney; many nieces and nephews, and a host of great-nieces and great-nephews; as well as many others who she has loved and who have loved her along the way.
Rosemary graduated from Isaac Litton High School in Nashville; this is where she would meet the love of her life at the age of 14, her high school sweetheart, James Samuel Worley. She then attended Millsaps College where she would earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. She was a lifelong member of Belle Meade United Methodist Church.
Rosemary will be remembered by her family and friends as a loving mother and friend, a lifelong woman of Faith, and a pursuer of truth and justice for all people. Her love of nature, reading, learning, volunteering and humanity will live on through her family. She will be missed but never forgotten. Rest in Peace, Rosie.
A memorial service will be held July 22, 2018 at Belle Meade United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held at the church prior to the service from 1:00pm until the service time. Bell Meade United Methodist Church's address is 121 Davidson Rd. Nashville, TN 37205.
In Lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made, in Rosemary’s name, to The James S. and Rosemary Worley Fund for the Graduate Program in Economic Development at Vanderbilt or Belle Meade United Methodist Church. Donations for GPED can be made online at or by phone at 615-343-3118. Donations for the church can be sent to 121 Davidson Rd. Nashville, TN 37205.

16 Comments to Rosemary Nichols Worley

  1. Linda and John Watson
    July 12, 2018 6:18 pm

    Rosemary was one of the finest humans I have ever known. She certainly leaves us with big shoes to follow her in.

    As Edward said when I emailed him about her death. “Aw, we have lost one of the good ones” and no truer words have ever been said.

    And, “no we will never forget that special lady many called Rosie.

    God has blessed your family and will continue to bless you.

  2. Janis & don Clark
    July 13, 2018 11:14 am

    Mary rose was her name to us. We lived next door to her for over 30 years before she moved!
    She was a mother to my family and grandmother to our sons! She has been missed since she moved off the hill! Our thought and prayers are with you in the loss of Mary Rosie!!
    Love the Clarks

  3. Rosemary Barbero
    July 13, 2018 2:35 pm

    I was saddened to hear of Rosemary Worley’s passing. Our family extends our heartfelt condolences. Caring thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  4. Bill Robinson
    July 13, 2018 3:03 pm

    Although being a Relative that lives in Oklahoma and only getting to Spend Occasional Family Reunions with The Worley Family I remember how Supper Nice she was to our Robinson Family and how she always had a Big Heart especially for her Family her Entire Extended Family……..RIP Rosemary!

  5. Penny Osgood
    July 13, 2018 3:16 pm

    My heart breaks for those she has left behind. But the richness of her life will live on in the love, actions, and joy of those many many people whose lives she has touched.

  6. Kelly Robinson Wilson
    July 14, 2018 9:18 am

    There will never be another Aunt Rosie, she was beautiful, smart and funny, she had class, a sense of style that will never be forgotten! Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you right now and be thankful that she is now once again with the love of her life…

    Love, Kelly Ruth

  7. Arme' Nichols Hill
    July 16, 2018 10:31 am

    A beautiful lady who has flown home on the wings of angels.

  8. Danny Strimer
    July 16, 2018 10:35 am

    God Bless and keep the entire Whorley family on the passing of their Mother Rose.

  9. Elizabeth Holland
    July 16, 2018 1:41 pm

    I enjoy take care of Mrs rosemary I love her so much she will always be in my heart I will miss Darlene.

  10. Marian Worley
    July 16, 2018 9:30 pm

    We are so blessed to be her children. Thank you all for your condolences.

  11. Betty Ann Boykin
    July 18, 2018 8:43 am

    My Deepest Condolences to you and your family 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  12. Betty S. Cloyd
    July 18, 2018 5:03 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Rosemary’s passing into the beautiful life eternal. But she will live on in her wonderfulchildren, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. May God bless all of you.

  13. Kendra Holroyd
    July 19, 2018 8:22 am

    Rosemary was a beautiful lady and a valued lifetime member, we all loved talking and spending time with her at our functions, she will be missed. Our deepest condolences to the Worley family.The Vanderbilt Woman’s Club

  14. Franklin and Katrina Myatt
    July 22, 2018 8:55 am

    Sending your entire family my condolences and my love today as you have the services for your mom. She was a beautiful person inside and out and she was a joy to know. She taught all you girls valuable lessons, and I can see a lot of her in each of you. your determination to do good, and to love everyone no matter who they are!!! May God be with each and every one of you today.

  15. Judy McCommon
    July 22, 2018 6:56 pm

    Aunt Rosemary’s service today was certainly a testimony to a life well lived. Iced the hymn we sang at the closing and the poem, She’s Gone, the pastor quoted. Just realized Aunt Rosemary stepped into heaven on Maudey’s, Aunt Katherine’s sister’s birthday. Bless y’all.
    Love, Judy and Sandy

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