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Columbia Missourian

Rosemary Chandler worked at Boone Hospital Center for 50 years

By Courtney Leeper
June 12, 2013 | 3:59 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Rosemary T. Chandler enjoyed working at the Boone Hospital Center for 50 years and showing horses for 30. 

Rosemary T. Chandler of Columbia died Monday, June 10, 2013, at her home. She was 67. 

She was born Aug. 4, 1945, in Brooklyn, N. Y., to Gerald and Mary Louise (Brady) Mayes. She married Melvin Chandler on May 8, 1965, in Columbia. 

Mrs. Chandler followed in her parents' footsteps by entering the medical field in 1963 at Boone Hospital Center. Both her parents served in the medical field during World War II, her father as a medic and her mother as a nurse. 

"I think that's a reason she went into the medical field," her husband, Melvin, said. "She was a lot like her mom in every way."

Mrs. Chandler began as a nurse's aid but served in several roles, including ward secretary, emergency room technician, paramedic and ambulance driver. In 1978, she transferred to the purchasing department where she retired as senior buyer on June 4, 2013.

"Initially she was gruff, but once you got to know her she was a spit fire," said Rob Dunn, operating room materials coordinator at Boone Hospital Center. "There was never a question of where she stood. She was matter of fact."

She was also a hard worker. She would arrive before 6 a.m. to catch up before the busy day and stay late, Dunn said.

"Her knowledge was vast," Dunn said. "Not too many people here have served 50 years. That's remarkable in itself."

"She loved her job," her husband said.

Mrs. Chandler also enjoyed raising Doberman pinscher dogs and quarter and paint horses. The Chandlers raised and showed horses in Boone County and around the state for 30 years. 

"You take a little lady at 4'11'' and a dually truck," her husband said. "You don't see that much. She knew what she was doing, and the horse community — they knew her."

Mrs. Chandler is survived by her husband, Melvin Chandler; a goddaughter Paulette Wetter and her husband, Andrew Wetter; two sisters, Geraldine Wright of Moberly and JoAnne Mayes of Columbia; one nephew, Jeffery Chandler, and his wife, Tammie Chandler, of Millersburg; and two god-grandsons, Jakob and Max Wetter. 

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Nilson Funeral Home at 5611 E. St Charles Road. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the same location.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105; American Heart Association, 104 Corporate Lake Drive, Columbia, MO 65203 ; or American Cancer Society, 1900 N. Providence Road, Suite 105, Columbia, MO 65202.

Condolences can be posted at nilsonfuneralhome.com.