- 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.
Rosie, as she was known to
many friends, was born May 11, 1918, in Kansas City, Mo. She moved to
when she was about 12 years old. Her father Arthur J. Riddle, was sent
Denison to open and manage the southwest division of Kraft Foods, the
Kraft plant in the U.S. Rose Marie graduated from the beautiful old
High School on Main Street in the class of 1936 and was the first queen
DHS's fall festival, Neewollah. Her mother, Marie Denny Riddle, was a
of the Denison Public Library. After Arthur Riddle died, Marie Riddle
Jacob Thomas McCall. She moved back to Denison after his death in the
order to be close to her only child, Rose Marie.
Christian College in
Columbia, Mo., Rose Marie won creative writing prizes. She graduated
Southern Methodist University in Dallas where she was named to Theta
national honor society for women in journalism. She was a member of
Gamma social sorority. On Dec. 7, 1940, she married architect and
Denison resident Donald Mayes, for whom Mayes Elementary School is
designed the house at 7 Ridgeway Circle where Rosie eventually lived
50 years. Donald died in 1966.
& Rose Marie Mayes home
7 Ridgeway Circle
Marie helped found the
Denison Service League and served as its third president. She served on
Denison Public Library Board and the board of the Sherman Community
She was active in the Monodrama Club and Saint Luke's Episcopal Church
Guild. She had many delightful experiences acting in the Denison
Donald's death, Rosie
taught English at Denison High School and at Grayson County College.
studied French cooking at La Varenne Cooking School in Paris, France
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 age of 80, Rose Marie
moved to Cokesbury Village, a retirement and nursing care community in
Hockessin, Del., just a few miles from the home of her daughter's
Wilmington, Delaware. After a fall in 2005, in which she broke a hip,
health declined. However, less than a week before her death, she joined
family for the annual Christmas reading of Dylan Thomas' "A Child's
Christmas in Wales." She read her passage with the same joy she always
showed when reading poetry. To the very end, she remembered Denison and
friends there with great affection. Rosie's family will remember her
vitality and keen interest in others, her love of reading and teaching
pleasure in entertaining and cooking.
Marie Mayes' survivors
include her son, Lee Riddle Mayes and his wife Junie Henderson Mayes of
Monica, Calif., and their son Matt of Los Angeles, Calif.. Her
Melinda Mayes Penn and husband Robert E. Penn live in Wilmington, Del.
son Robert M. Penn and his wife Rosanne, along with Rose Marie's
great-granddaughter Emily Penn, live in Swarthmore, Pa.
family requests in lieu
of flowers that donations be sent to the Denison Public Library
Fund c/o Alvin Baily, director, in memory of Rose Marie Riddle Mayes.
arrangements 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, Jan. 9 at Johnson-Moore Funeral
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10 at Saint Luke's
Church with the Rev. Curt Norman officiating, followed by burial at Fairview
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