Mae F. Rochester
January 24, 2013
Mae Frances Rochester entered eternal rest on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at Riderwood Senior Living Community in Silver Spring, Maryland where she resided the last 8 years. She passed away peacefully after a long illness. She was a dedicated wife, involved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was a wonderful example of faith, hope, and charity. She was born June 7, 1922, in Florence, SC to Daniel Brockington and Ida Jane Purdie. She had one brother and one sister. The family eventually made their home in Washington, DC, where she attended DC Public Schools.
She married the late Claude Matthews at a young age, and produced one child from that union. She later married the late James Rochester to whom she was married for over 40 years. She worked at the US General Services Administration (GSA), where she eventually retired after many years of loyal service. She was a faithful member of Albright Memorial United Methodist Church, where over the years she served in many different capacities. She truly loved the lord and her church family.
She loved to crochet and knit. She spent many hours making scarves, hats, and blankets. She also loved to travel. She had taken several cruises over the years to places like, Alaska, Canada, and Mexico, and talked frequently about her trip to Jerusalem, which she truly enjoyed. She was awarded a “Governor’s Citation” in 2012 by Governor Martin O’Malley honoring her as a beautiful and beloved Marylander.
She leaves to cherish her memory sons Claude Matthews (Junie) and Gregory Rochester; grandsons Claude Matthews, Jr., Davis T. Smith, Jr., and Duane Matthews; great grandchildren, Alexis, Courtney, Kearston, Kenya, Miles, Niven, Page, Tasha, and Tiffany; a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. She also leaves to cherish her god children Carl, Moses, Tamille, and Virginia. She was preceded in death by her husband James Rochester; siblings Margaret Hunt and Daniel Brockington; and daughter Wanda J. Smith.
Friends may visit with the family Saturday, February 2 at 10 AM until time of service at 11AM at Albright Memorial Methodist Church (409 Rittenhouse Street, NW DC [map/directions]); Interment at Fort Lincoln Cemetery (map/directions). Professional services entrusted to Horton Funeral Home.
Visiting - Albright Memorial Methodist Church, Washington - 10:00 a.m.
Funeral Service - Albright Memorial Methodist Church - 11:00 a.m.
Interment - Fort Lincoln Cemetery