Rosemary Lloyd Beardsley, 88, of Audubon, Montgomery County, whose art has been shown at galleries such as the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill, died of cancer Saturday, May 28, at the hospice of Montgomery Hospital Medical Center in Norristown.
Born in Rawalpindi in what is now Pakistan, she moved with her family to England after the death of her father, a brigadier general.
In 1937, the year she turned 15, she began studies at what is now the Brillantmont International School in Lausanne, Switzerland, but "the war interrupted her graduation, and she went on to college without an official diploma," daughter Susan Blosten said.
During World War II, Mrs. Beardsley worked as a British navy hydrographic draftsman in England before her family moved to Nova Scotia, where she was a draftsman for the Canadian navy.
After the war, she returned to London, where she studied at what is now the Chelsea College of Art and Design and married in Philadelphia in 1946.
Her engagement announcement in the New York Herald Tribune described her as "daughter of the late Brigadier C.R. Lloyd, D.S.O., Indian Army, and of Lady Bonham-Carter, and stepdaughter of Adm. Sir Stuart Bonham-Carter, K.C.B., C.V.O., D.S.O., of Kingston House, Petersfield, Hampshire, England."
In the 2000s, she won best of show at an annual juried show at the Wayne Art Center and won a similar award at a members' show at the Woodmere Art Museum.
"She worked with mixed-media assemblages using wood, canvas, metal, and acrylics," her daughter said.
The work was exhibited at, among others, the Chester Springs Studio in Yellow Springs, Chester County; the Main Line Art Center in Haverford; and the Vera Redmond Gallery in Manayunk.
Besides Blosten, Mrs. Beardsley is survived by sons Richard H. Jr., Christopher, and Edward; another daughter, Diana Flowers; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She also raised Jeremy Lambert and Elizabeth Hoffman, the children of her husband's sister, after the sister died. Her husband, Richard H. Sr., died in 2003.
A life celebration was set for 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne.