Rosetta E. Blackstone

[ Age 78 ] Special-education teacher

December 21, 2007|By Frederick Rasmussen

Rosetta E. Blackstone, a retired special-education teacher who had taught in Baltimore public schools for 21 years, died Saturday from complications of a stroke at St. Agnes Hospital. She was 78.

Rosetta Elizabeth Howard, who was born and raised in Elkridge, lived her entire life in the Howard County community.

Mrs. Howard was a 1947 graduate of Howard County High School. After her youngest child entered school, she enrolled at Coppin State College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in education.

She returned to Coppin State and earned her master's in education in 1973.

Mrs. Howard taught special-education students at Leith Walk Elementary School for many years and was at Frederick Elementary School at the time of her 2002 retirement.

She also assisted her husband, the Rev. Seawood Blackstone Sr., who served as pastor for more than 20 years of Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church in Galesville.

She was a member of the church's missionary society and other auxiliaries, and sang with the choir.

Mrs. Howard enjoyed Bible study, playing the piano and travel.

In addition to her husband of 59 years, Mrs. Howard is survived by four sons, Seawood Blackstone Jr. of Elkridge, Kelvin Blackstone of Columbia, Steven Blackstone of Lexington Park and Gordon Blackstone of Ruther Glen, Va.; a sister, Edna Snell of Baltimore; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Services were held yesterday at Columbia Community Church.

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