Rosa Mae Gasque, affectionately known as “Mae”, to her family and close friends was born February 22, 1946 in Poston, South Carolina to George and Lena Baker; both of whom preceded her in death. She was granted her wings on June 29, 2019. Mae was educated in the Britton’s Neck School system and earned her High School Diploma in 1964.
Shortly after graduation, she left South Carolina and made a wonderful life for herself in Newark, New Jersey. There she married Wilbur C. Gasque on December 1, 1967. The couple had four beautiful daughters and remained life-long friends.
Rosa was a hard-working woman. In 2001, she retired due to health from New Vista Nursing Home, in Newark N.J., where she worked as a dietary supervisor. After retiring, she returned to South Carolina and became a faithful member of Red Hill Missionary Baptist Church, in Britton’s Neck. At Red Hill she enjoyed attending Sunday School and worshiping with her church family. Rosa was a woman of tremendous faith and remained anchored in The Lord even as her health declined.
Upon returning to South Carolina, Rosa married her longtime friend, the late Reverend Gideon Godbolt. The two were true helpmeets to one another. She was preceded in death by; her brothers, Levi Woodberry, Johnnie Baker, and sisters, Judy Jacobs and Evelyn Gilmore and niece Sharonda Cox.
To continue her legacy, she leaves behind four daughters: Michelle Gasque-Walker (Vernon), Sheila, Sandra and Rachel Gasque, all of whom reside in New Jersey. Two sisters Juanita James (Sam) of Florence, S.C., and Dorothy Morris of Timmonsville, S.C., One aunt, Omiller Graves of Norfolk, Va. and one uncle, Willie Davis of Johnsonville, S.C. ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Three nieces, Romalita Harrison (Stanley) of Reidsville N.C. Tenise Cannon of Waldorf, Md., and Veronica Cannon and Lamar Jacobs of Irvington, N.J. six step-children and a host of other relatives and friends. She will truly be missed by all.