- Rose Marie
Katherine Riddle Mayes, who lived in Denison from the early 1930s to
in Wilmington, Del., on Dec. 31, 2008. She was 90 years old.
Donald & Rose Marie Mayes home
7 Ridgeway Circle
Rose Marie helped found the Denison Service League and served as its third president. She served on the Denison Public Library Board and the board of the Sherman Community Players. She was active in the Monodrama Club and Saint Luke's Episcopal Church Altar Guild. She had many delightful experiences acting in the Denison Community Players.
After Donald's death, Rose taught English at Denison High School and at Grayson County College. She studied French cooking at La Varenne Cooking School in Paris, France and then taught cooking courses at Austin College, both on campus and in her home. As a senior citizen, Rosie authored columns in the Denison Herald and the Herald Democrat.
At the age of 80, Rose Marie moved to Cokesbury Village, a retirement and nursing care community in Hockessin, Delaware, just a few miles from the home of her daughter's family in Wilmington, Delaware. After a fall in 2005, in which she broke a hip, her health declined. However, less than a week before he death, she joined the family for the annual Christmas reading of Dylan Thomas' "A Child's Christmas in Wale." She read her passage with the same joy she always showed when reading poetry. To the very end, she remembered Denison and her old friends there with great affection. Rosie's family will remember her tremendous vitality and keen interest in others, her love of reading and teaching and her pleasure in entertaining and cooking.
Rosie Marie Mayes' survivors include her son, Lee Riddle Mayes and his wife, Junie Henderson Mayes, of Santa Monica, Calif., and their son Matt of Los Angeles, California. Her daughter, Melinda Mayes Penn and husband Robert E. Penn live in Wilmington, Delaware. Their son Robert M. Penn and wife Rosanne, along with Rose Marie's great-granddaughter Emily Penn, live in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be sent to the Denison Public Library Memorial Book Fund, c/o Alvin Baily, Director, in memory of Rose Marie Riddle Mayes.
Funeral arrangement will be through Johnson-Moore Funeral Home of Denison. The family will be present at a visitation from 5-6:30 p.m. on Friday, January 9, at Johnson-Moore Funeral Home. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 10 at Saint Luke's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Curt Norman officiating, followed by burial at Fairview Cemetery.
Elaine Nall Bay
Grayson County TXGenWeb