Rosemary Lear Humkey

February 8, 1960 ~ May 20, 2021 (age 61)


Rosemary Lear Humkey, 61, of Bardstown, passed away Thursday, May 20, 2021, after a long battle with cancer.


Born in Samuels, Kentucky, Rosemary was a 1978 graduate of Doss High School. After graduating from the Kentucky College of Barbering, she went to work at The Headquarters Barbershop in Bardstown, becoming the first female barber in Nelson County. She practiced here for 41 years, and considered all of her many customers as personal friends.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest Roby Lear and Dorothy May (Fields) Lear of Samuels, Kentucky.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 33 years, Tommy Humkey of Bardstown; her children Kayce Humkey (Alexander) of Bardstown, and Kevin Humkey (Aubry) of Bardstown; her grandchildren, Waylon Thomas, and Rosemary Mahaleigh; seven siblings Betty Conliffe of Louisville, Nancy Brummett of Louisville, Charles Lear (Pauletta) of Vine Grove, Kenneth Lear (Beverly) of Winchester, Richard Lear (Diane) of Elizabethtown, Pamela Bolin (Leon) of Leitchfield, and Michael Lear of Covington, Georgia; countless nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews.


Her funeral mass will be 10 am Tuesday May 25, 2021 at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church with burial in St. Gregory Catholic Cemetery. Rev. Ken Nguyen will officiate. Visitation will be 1 pm to 6 pm Sunday May 23, 2 pm to 8 pm Monday May 24, and 8 am to 9:15 am Tuesday May 25, 2021 at Barlow Funeral Home.


In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to Norton’s Cancer Institute and/or Hospice of Nelson County.



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