Eva Mae Frederick was born in Rockingham County on June 30, 1936 to the union of the late Roger and Mildred Watkins. At the change of season on June 9, 2013 the angels summoned Eva and Heaven opened its gates. God, with His infinite wisdom, welcomed Eva, whom we fondly called Tootsie, Mama, Grandma and Auntie to her eternal rest.
Eva gave her life to Christ at an early age and was baptized at Red Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Pelham, NC. While living in Morristown NJ, she was a faithful member of Tabernacle of Faith Family Church subsequently becoming a member of Calvary Baptist Church Morristown, NJ. When unable to attend church she would tune into the ministries of T.D. Jakes, Rev. Price, Joel Olsteen and Bobby Jones Gospel continuing her joy of singing and hearing the Word of God.
Tootsie received her education from Rockingham County public schools. While in North Carolina, Eva entered the workforce and was employed by K & W Cafeteria. After relocating to New Jersey with her uncle and aunt, David and Evelyn Henderson, Tootsie began working in food services at All Souls Hospital. She later joined the housekeeping industry at Governor Morris Inn. Using her many gifts and talents, she later became self- employed working diligently to meet the needs of the families she served. Tootsie loved keeping house and took pride in her work and was very thankful for the many gifts bestowed upon her by her employees.
Tootsie cherished her family and expressed her love in many ways. Each family member had their own unique relationship with her and her love overflowed to their friends as well. Her love and generosity touched many lives. Everyone she met loved and cherished her beautiful heart, leaving a lasting impression. Tootsie was a mother to many, especially her grandchildren. This untiring love extended to her godchildren and stepchildren, all whom she adored.
Tootsie loved travelling. She visited several locations including London, Barbados and Puerto Rico enjoying the various cuisines of the places she visited. Some of her favorite past times were watching the Young and the Restless, Bold and the Beautiful, Wheel of Fortune, Family Feud, Jeopardy and Price is Right; listening to country music and lately various Hip Hop artists and preparing meals for her family, especially on special occasions. Tootsie loved the New York Yankees. She began watching the Yankees when Reggie Jackson played for them becoming a loving and avid fan ever since.
Once diagnosed with cancer in January 2012, she always looked forward, making a personal decision to never let go of life. Although her battle with the disease was short, she always won because of her strong personal faith in God and the never-ending will to live beating inside of her heart. As the matriarch of the family, she was empowered by an unwavering strength that was amazing to watch. She continued to do all the things she loved until it was physically impossible to do so. Tootsie trusted and believed that she left in the hearts of her loved ones, just what they needed to carry on her spirit and the life lessons valuable to their own lives. Eva Mae Frederick departed this life peacefully surrounded by family members following her courageous battle with breast cancer.
Eva was preceded in death by one great-grandchild Darius Richardson; two sisters: Shirley Miller; Mary Lee Morton (Charles).
Left to cherish her precious memories are: her husband Kelvin Frederick of (East Orange); two sons: Gregory Marshall (Cathy) of Gibsonville, NC; Evander Conyers (Bronx, NY); two daughters: Lisa Marie Marshall of East Orange, NJ; Kristie Marshall-Dicks (Lawrence) of Plainfield, NJ; ten grandchildren: Jeffrey Marshall, Antwan Marshall, Kristelle Marshall, Darren (Gena) Marshall, Genifer Marshall, Ryan Blackwell , Kristal Marshall, Kiyana Thompson, and DAnna Cannaveno; two precious great-grandchildren: Kylah Ratliff and Dakoda Tillman; four sisters: Anita Totten(Paul), Barbara Alston, Beverly Blackwell (Jimmy), Brenda Brown (Ron), and three brothers; Roy Watkins (Lillie), James Watkins, Wayne Watkins; three aunts: Evelyn Henderson, Hessie Blackwell, Wilma Blackwell; three god-children: Tyshawn Johnson, James Johnson, Tiara Johnson; four step-children: Victor DePeiza, Jeanne Boyd, Eurita Boyd, Kim Bowen and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Born: June 30, 1936
Place of Birth: Rockingham, NC United States
Death: June 9, 2013
Hobbies: Loved the Yankees and Soap operas
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BLACKWELL FUNERAL HOME