Rosemary Isabel Forbes (1913 - 2002) MP 100

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Birthplace: Paris, Île-de-France, France
Death: Died in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA
Managed by: Aaron Steel
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About Rosemary Isabel Forbes

Rosemary Isabel Forbes Kerry (October 27, 1913 – November 14, 2002) was one of eleven children of James Grant Forbes of the Protestant Forbes family of China and Boston, and wife Margaret Tyndal Winthrop. She studied to be a nurse, and served in the Red Cross in Paris during World War II. She also was a Girl Scout leader at the troop and council level for 50 years.

She married Richard J. Kerry, in Montgomery, Alabama on February 8, 1941, and was the mother of John Forbes Kerry, the 2004 candidate for President of the United States. They met when Kerry took a sculpture class at the resort of Saint-Briac, where the Forbes family built the family estate.

During her lifetime, she was the beneficiary of Forbes family trusts, which her son John Kerry is now the partial beneficiary; as Rosemary was one of 11 children, there is not much that remained.

Rosemary was also the mother of a son, Cameron, who is a Boston lawyer, an adjunct law professor at Suffolk Law School and a convert to Judaism, and two daughters, Diana and Margeret Peggy.

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Rosemary Forbes's Timeline

October 27, 1913
Paris, Île-de-France, France
February 8, 1941
Age 27
December 11, 1943
Age 30
Aurora, Colorado, United States
September 6, 1950
Age 36
November 14, 2002
Age 89
Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA