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Rosemary Leonora Ruth, Mrs Anthony Seys (née de Rothschild) (1913-2013)

Rosemary Leonora Ruth de Rothschild, born 21 September 1913, was the eldest child of Lionel and Marie-Louise. She was the sister of the late Mr Edmund de Rothschild, the late Mr Leopold de Rothschild and the late Naomi Louise Goldschmidt (née de Rothschild). 

Rosemary grew up on the Exbury Estate in Hampshire purchased by her father Lionel. Rosemary was privately educated in Surrey and Paris. Rosemary married the Hon. Denis Gomer Berry in 1934, and they had two children, Barbara and Susan. Rosemary married John Anthony (Tony) Seys in 1942, and together they had a son, David, in 1947. In 1949, Rosemary, and Tony purchased a farm in the White Highlands of Kenya, where, with the help of European and African staff, they successfully developed their estate ‘Rhodora’ where the main crop was coffee, together with a prize-winning herd of Guernsey cattle. Every corner of the farm was put to productive use; water sources were found, roads were driven through difficult terrain. In 1963, Rosemary and Tony returned to England, again to farm and to grow ornamental trees for parks. Rosemary and Tony remained active in their retirement. Rosemary's interests centred round the Shetland Sheepdog Club and the Kennel Club, of which she was an honorary life member; she also spent many years working as a Voluntary Associate attached to the Probation Service. Tony died in 1989. Rosemary and Tony’s time in Kenya is recorded in her book The Rhodora Letters, The Book Guild Ltd, London, 1993).

Rosemary died on 29 April 2013, in her 100th year.

Rosemary, Mrs Anthony Seys, 90th birthday celebrations, 2003

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Rosemary, Mrs Anthony Seys (nee de Rothschild), (1913-2013), 90th birthday celebrations: menu card for the 90th birthday luncheon held by Mr Leopold de Rothschild (1927-2012) for his sister Rosemary, Upper Exbury, 21 September 2003.

Rosemary, Mrs Anthony Seys, Memorial Service, 2013

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Rosemary, Mrs Anthony Seys (nee de Rothschild), (1913-2013): Death notice for Mrs Rosemary Seys, The Times, Friday 3 May 2013; Order of service for the funeral of Mrs Rosemary Seys held Thursday 16th May 2013 at St Katharine's Church, Exbury.