Rose Marie Ann Malley, formerly of Chestnut Hill, a potter and a longtime community volunteer, died Feb. 6 after a brief illness at Chestnut Hill Hospital. At the time of her death she was living in Mt. Airy.
Mrs. Malley had been manager for many years of the former Monkey Business, a consignment shop that benefited Chestnut Hill Hospital.
An accomplished potter, she was co-owner of The Craft Store on Maplewood Mall in Germantown during the early 1970s and was co-owner of Artisans Three in Stone Harbor, N.J. later in the decade. She taught pottery classes for many years at Project Learn School in Mt. Airy while her children were students there.
Mrs. Malley was working at Pacific Leather Co. in Chestnut Hill at the time of her death.
A longtime resident of Chestnut Hill, she had served for a time on the board of the Chestnut Hill Community Association.
Born Rose Marie Ann Burke in Chester County, she was a graduate of Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School.
Mrs. Malley also volunteered at the Bird in Hand consignment shop and at Woodmere Art Gallery in Chestnut Hill, where she was training to be a docent. She also was a longtime volunteer at the Philadelphia Folk Festival and the Philadelphia Ceili Group in Mt. Airy.
An avid gardener, she won first place awards for two years for small gardens from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. She also won the Philadelphia Flower Show award for the Best Window Display at Monkey Business for three consecutive years.
She is survived by a daughter, Courtney Katherine; a son, Bryan Patrick; a brother, Thomas Burke, and five grandchildren.
Relatives and friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Jacob F. Ruth Funeral Directors, 8413 Germantown Ave. in Chestnut Hill. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. – WF