Rosemary Thomas Royce

January 2, 1941 - April 3, 2023

01/02/1941 - 04/03/2023

Past Services

Saturday April 15, 2023
2:00 pm
Murfreesboro Baptist Church
200 West Main Street
Murfreesboro, NC 27855
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A reception will follow immediately after the service in the church fellowship hall.

MURFREESBORO, NC – Rosemary Thomas Royce, age 82, passed away on April 3, 2023, at ECU Health Medical Center in Greenville, NC.

Mrs. Royce was born in the mill town of Belmont, North Carolina, and she
carried the hardworking and down-to-earth spirit of her family throughout the entirety of her life.  She was deeply passionate about nursing, and over a sixty-year career as a nurse, she held numerous positions and served countless people. She helped to found the local women’s shelter, SAFE, and a mental health crisis line. She worked for many years as a mental health nurse practitioner before becoming a family nurse practitioner at the Northampton County Health Department and Port Health Substance Abuse Center. Her passion for service and nursing was not limited to her own community, though, and she did medical humanitarian work in both China and Haiti.

Rosemary loved all things about nature and supported many wildlife and conservation charities. She loved gardening, playing with her granddogs, collecting shells, and traveling to the mountains and beach. She also loved her friends, coworkers, community, and was a committed member of Murfreesboro Baptist Church for 55 years.

She and her devoted husband Phil loved to serve others together. They started their married life as missionaries, and continued to serve their community in many ways, whether it be fundraising for the high school band or going on a hurricane recovery mission trip. They had fun together, marching with the high school band as the band grandparents, or more recently, just going to get a pedicure together.

Her truest passion was her family. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and wife, and sheloved nothing more than to delight in the memories she shared with her people. Rosemary was a deeply generous person who never turned away from anyone in need of help. She was selfless, kind, and a fierce supporter of those she loved.

Rosemary leaves behind her husband and best friend of 62 years, Phil Royce; her son, Jon Royce and wife Cindy Royce; her daughter, Karen Warr and husband Richard Warr; four grandchildren: Zakk Royce and partner Dayna Barnes, Ciera Cox and fiancé Austin Jatko, Ian Warr, and Claire Warr; her godchildren: Kevin Joyner and wife Theresa Joyner, and their
children Ashley Brown and Heather Fairless, and Mary Outland, and children Heath Cofield, Josh Outland, and Jasmine Outland; her cousins: Elaine Jensen and Tony Bryant, as well as many other loved ones.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2023, at 2:00 pm at Murfreesboro Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Rick Bailey officiating. There will be a reception immediately following in the church fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Nature Conservancy or Easter Seals/Port Health.

Garrett-Sykes Memorial Chapel in Murfreesboro, is handling the arrangements for the Royce family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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Allison Barr, Wanda Morris
1 year ago

Rosemary was a special person. Unfortunately, it has been years since we have been able to visit with her. But I have funny and fond memories of her and seeing her at the Cassada family reunions. She was my Mother’s (Wanda Morris) cousin and I know how much Mom loved and thought of her. Mom was always in awe of Rosemary and everything she accomplished. She will be missed. Unfortunately, My Mother’s health has deteriorated, otherwise she would have wanted to come to the funeral. Sending our love to the Royce family. ❤️

Missy Lassiter Barnes
1 year ago

Ms. Rosemary was a kind gentle and caring soul. I worked with her at Northampton County Health Department. She also was always there anytime, day or night for me and my family. Love and prayers, Missy

Kaleena Green
1 year ago

Sending my prayers to Mrs. Rosemary’s family , I worked with her at Port health . Also Mrs. Rosemary was me and my children’s nurse at the health center . She always made me feel so welcomed when I saw her , she mad me feel like I was more than a patient to her . She will be missed .

Kysha Gary
1 year ago

I worked with Rosemary at the Northampton County Health Dept. She was a absolute joy. She was a great nurse and a even better friend. We will miss her gravely.

Roberta S. Gibson
1 year ago

So sorry for your loss, she will be greatley missed. Prayers for your family!

Sandy Shirtz
1 year ago

Mrs. Rosemary worked with us at PORT Health for many years providing excellent patient care and giving to the community in Ahoskie. I had the pleasure of working with her directly the past couple of years and she was always gracious, humble, and forgiving. She was proud to serve as a nurse and FNP and exuded compassion and empathy. She made an impression on me that will forever live in my heart.
My condolences to her husband and family and also to her work families. We will miss her dearly.

Philip and Marcia Thompson
1 year ago

Mrs Royce cared for our sons when Philip was pastor in Northampton County. She cared for so many and was so willing to do so. To Phil and the rest of the family, may God comfort you and give you the strength in the days ahead. With all our love and prayers, Marcia and Philip

Laura M. Parsons
1 year ago

Mrs. Royce was like a second mom to me, as she was to many children in Murfreesboro. I loved her sense of humor! Among her many wonderful attributes, she was just so witty! Precious memories. I hope she and mom will do some catching up. My love and condolences.
Laura McCraw

Sharon Ramsey
1 year ago

There will never be another caregiver like you. U showed love like none other & u
were the picture of LOVE IN ACTION . Forever in the hearts & minds of Our communities ! ❤️‍??

Christine Greene
1 year ago

Praying for the Royce family. May God comfort you during this difficult time.