Rosemary S. Austin, a retired Baltimore County elementary school teacher and master bridge player, died of a heart attack Thursday at her Timonium home. She was 81.
Born Rosemary Sullivan in Elmira, N.Y., and raised in Buffalo, she earned an undergraduate degree in elementary education and a master's degree from what is now Towson University.
She moved to the Baltimore area in 1960 when her husband, Glenn Austin, accepted a job in Middle River with what soon became Martin Marietta Corp.
From 1965 to 1979, she taught at Stoneleigh and Warren elementary schools and was a media specialist at Sandalwood Elementary.
A master bridge player, she was a past president of the Women's Bridge Club of Maryland. She played golf at the Hunt Valley Golf Club. She was also active in the Dulaney Valley Women's Club and served as the adult literacy chairwoman for the Baltimore District of the Maryland Federation of Women's Clubs.
Mrs. Austin wrote four romance novels, which she tried to sell to publishers.
A funeral Mass was offered Monday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Cockeysville, where she was a member.
In addition to her husband of 60 years, survivors include four daughters, Sharon Mulgrew of San Francisco, Kathleen Harmeyer of Timonium, Julie Anderson of Glenwood and Carol Ann Moore of Phoenix; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.