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Obituary for Rosemary Irby Albriton
Rosemary "Posey" Irby Albriton, the third-born child of Gertrude Miazza Irby and Philip E. Irby, Sr., was born on September 14, 1927, in Jackson, Mississippi. A beloved family housekeeper dubbed the baby "Rosie Posey" and she was called "Posey" by all who knew her for the rest of her life. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 6, 2017 at St. Richard Catholic Church followed by burial at Lakewood Memorial Park. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. Monday at the church
A life-long Jacksonian, Posey graduated from Central High School in 1945. She attended MSCW and Ole Miss from 1945-1947 and she was always an active member of St. Richard's Catholic Church.
Southern Bell employed Posey as a draftsman from 1947-1950. A felicitous blind date led to a lifetime adventure when she married John Leslie Albriton, Junior on May 22, 1950.
Their first child, Jan was born on Posey's 24th birthday, September 24, 1951 and their son, John III made his arrival ten months and nine days later, on July 22, 1952.
Posey was always the devoted wife and mother but every Christmas season found her lending a hand at the family business, Albriton's Jewelry.
Posey and John traveled extensively with their children, in the United States and abroad. Many times, the family would load up into a rental car, striking out on their own to explore some strange new countryside and more often than not, they would up getting lost. New friends were made and great fun was had on these "unchartered adventures"
The family enjoyed a number of cruises together when the children grew up, Posey and John enlisted close friends as travel companions for many years.
Always the True Southern Lady, Posey's impeccable taste was reflected in her manner of dress and decorating. She enjoyed planning and surprises and occasionally, Jan would arrive home from work to discover that her smartly dressed Mama had dropped by in her absence and artfully rearranged Jan's furniture and decor.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gertrude Miazza Irby and Philip E. Irby, Sr., and husband, John L. Albriton, Jr., sister, Gertrude Scott and brother, Philip E. Irby, Jr.
Posey's life is cherished and celebrated by her two children, Jan Albriton Allinder of Brandon and John Leslie Albriton, III (Lynn Walsh Albriton) of Jackson; 5 grandchildren, Leslie Allinder Hall (Michael Chad Hall) of Evans, GA; Jennie Allinder Evans (fiance, William Daniel Blake) of Brandon; John Leslie Albriton, IV (Mary- Baldwin Temples Albriton) of Oxford; Irby Albriton Lawrence (William Andrew Lawrence) of Athens, GA and Cameron Albriton (Susannah Hackel Albriton) of Jackson; 10 great grandchildren and her brother James W. Irby of Jackson.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to either St. Richard Catholic Church or St. Dominic Hospital.