Friends of Rosemary Bagley were saddened to learn of her death last Thursday June 20 at her home in Church Square. Rosemary was surely one of the characters of Rye. Born into the local family of Ashbee, she attended the Rye Collegiate School, then situated on Hilders Cliff in the premises now occupied by Rye Lodge hotel.
She was married to Geoffrey Bagley, celebrated artist, historian and former Mayor of Rye. Following his death in 1992, she took on the directing and management of the Rye Museum at the Ypres Tower. Later, she was a director of the Rye, Winchelsea and District Memorial Hospital from 1996 to 2010 and helped in fund-raising.
She took great interest in the Rye Art Gallery and took an active role in its Friends’ organisation. Rosemary conscientiously attended Rye civic occasions. She loved a good party and enjoyed conversation with friends, earnestly holding and expressing her opinions.
Details of her funeral service will be known later.
Image Credits: Kenneth Bird .