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Rosemary G. Esty, arts patron, community volunteer

Oct. 5, 1917 – July 14, 2013

Rosemary G. Esty, a 74-year resident of Derby, a patron of the arts and community volunteer, died July 14 in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. She was 95.

Born Rosemary Guile in Utica, she attended the Utica Country Day School and furthered her studies in Paris.

In 1939, she married Harold M. Esty Jr., a grandson of John D. Larkin, founder of Larkin Co., and great-nephew of Elbert Hubbard, Roycroft founder.

Mrs. Esty served on the Junior Board of Buffalo General Hospital, the Maria M. Love Convalescent Fund and the Women’s Committee of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

She was devoted to historic preservation, serving as a regent of an association in Fredericksburg, Va., called the Kenmore Association in recognition of a historic home named the Kenmore House, home of George Washington’s sister, Betty Washington Lewis.

She was an avid supporter of Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Burchfield Penney Art Center and Graycliff House, the estate to which she donated a roll-top desk that once was used by Larkin Co.

A longtime promoter of the arts, she and her husband were backers of numerous Broadway plays, including “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and “The Rose Tatoo.”

They were among the founders of the Studio Arena Theatre in 1965.

She was known for her gardens and entertaining at her home in Derby. She was a member of the Saturn Club, the Players Club of New York City and a former member of the Garret Club.

Her husband died in 1986.

Survivors include three daughters, Stosie Sanderson, Elizabeth Franklin and Patricia Symons; and a son, John A.

A private service is planned.

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