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On Monday, January 13, 1964, Roosevelt and Gloria Finney welcomed the youngest of their five children into the Finney Household in Mobile, Alabama. They named their little one Rosemary Finney. It is no secret that Rosemary was named after her father, Roosevelt - affectionately endeared as “Ro” - who was also an Executive Chef in the United States Navy and later became an Executive Chef of Morrison’s Cafeteria. Rosemary’s mother was a homemaker, as well as a caregiver for many years to several families in Mobile and she also worked passionately at the Mobile Civic Center.
Rosemary was raised and nurtured under the loving care of her parents, in addition to her siblings, Gail, Andretta, Joseph, Michelle, and her mother’s “bonus” sons, Leonard and Kenneth. Young Rosemary spent her formative years as an astute student, learning from both her parents and grandparents. Rosemary accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at a very young age because her mother, being a God-fearing woman, was the inspirational flame that sparked her interest to seek the deeper things of God. Although Rosemary attended Faith Lutheran Church, she later converted to the Christian faith and was then baptized on June 21, 1980, along with her mother and cousins, Leonard Wheaton and Kenneth Crawford, by Rev. Gabe Davis at the New Hope Baptist Church. Some years later, this congregation later transformed into Christians United Church, where she faithfully served in the church choir and Women’s Ministry.
Rosemary began her early childhood education at Faith Lutheran Academy and Florence Howard Elementary School in Mobile, AL. She often delighted in telling her own children stories of how, as a little girl, she assisted her grandfather in his ice cream business by loading and stocking his truck, as well as any other chores she was big enough to perform. This is where she developed her incredible work ethic, having learned to be productive, organized and accountable. Armed with those fundamental principles, Rosemary eagerly forged ahead into her secondary educational experiences.
She went on to graduate from Ben C. Rain High School in Mobile, where she served in the high School JROTC program, in addition to the 4-H Club and school choir. Rosemary was also selected to be a member of “Who’s Who in America” for her academic excellence. Rosemary attended the nursing program at Bishop State Community College, later pursued accreditation at The University of South Alabama as a Radiology Technician and completed her training as such in service to the United States Army Reserve.
Throughout Rosemary’s career, she has always exceeded expectations beyond what was required of her. Never settling for the mundane, she worked to attain excellence in the execution of her work performance. Following this vein, Rosemary pursued a professional career in Aerospace Engineering. It is not by chance or happenstance that Rosemary was at the right place at the right time. She grew up less than two miles from the infamous and historic Brookley Field Air Force Base, which was the second largest Air Force Base in the United States. It was here that Rosemary would find a career at Mobile Aerospace Engineering as a procurement clerk. During this career move, she would answer the call of a lifetime, requiring her to leave her beloved port city of Mobile in order to relocate to San Antonio, Texas. In her new home, she assisted in building and training the procurement team that is currently known as ST Engineering- San Antonio Aerospace. She highly valued her craft and made many lifelong friends.
Again, there was no coincidence in relocating to San Antonio because this, too, is where she was surrounded with love, affection and support, as she was reunited with her cousins Joyce and Diane, who previously relocated to San Antonio by way of Brookley Field Airforce Base, which is today known as Brookley Field Aerospace. During her time in San Antonio, one of her children’s friend invited her to attend St. John Baptist Church. Afterwards, she knew this was the place she and her family needed for spiritual growth and guidance. She found this for herself and her children in a small church on Olmos Drive with Rev. Dr. Herman Price Jr. Rosemary loved singing for God and the many lessons she learned there helped to spiritually sustain her to Chrisitan maturity.
Rosemary bore three loving and exceptionally talented children - James Tyrone Bradley Jr., Amanda Dawn Bradley and Roosevelt Real Bradley. In 1995, Rosemary met the love of her life, Jose Montanez. Rosemary and Jose loved each other very much and were eventually married. Jose loved Rosemary and cared for her children as if they were his own. They brought joy and happiness to each other that will forever be cherished. Rosemary was a loving grandmother to her grandson, Cookson Howie Bradley, who carries her positivity and happy spirit into the future.
Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents, Roosevelt and Gloria Finney, and by two sisters, Michelle Johnson and Andretta McCants.
To cherish her memory, she leaves her husband, Jose Montanez; her children, James (Whitney) Bradley of Oklahoma, Amanda Harris and Roosevelt Bradley both of San Antonio, Texas; one sister, Gail Harris; one brother, Joseph Nicholas; one aunt, Vivian Wheaton all of Mobile Alabama; mother-in-law, Grace Cortijo of San Antonio, Texas; one sister-in-law, Elizabeth Montanez of New York, New York; four brothers-in-law, Woodrow McCants of Mobile, Alabama, Colonel Retired Rivers Johnson, Jr of Severn, Maryland, John (Jemma) Montanez of Atlanta, Georgia and Andy Montanez of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; one grandson, Cookson Howie Bradley of Oklahoma; four devoted friends, Nam Sue Nicholas, Ursula Roley, Evelyn Croft and Karen DeBravo; a host of nieces, great nieces, nephews, great nephews, cousins, family and friends.
Rosemary was loved and held in high regard among her peers, coworkers, neighbors, family and friends. Although she will be terribly missed, she will forever be cherished and fondly remembered by all.