Rosa Mae Thompson Ashford was born in Baldwin, Louisiana on May 13, 1916 to Ferdinand Thompson, Sr. and Emily Barard Thompson. Rosa Mae was number five of seven siblings. With the onset of the “Great Flood” of 1927 the family moved to Houston, Texas with great anticipation of achieving a better family life. Upon their arrival in Houston, the family joined Saint Nicholas Catholic Church.
Rosa Mae attended school at Sagar Brown School in Baldwin Louisiana and later graduated from Saint Nicholas Catholic School in Houston, Texas.
Rosa Mae and the late Walter Scott Ashford were united in holy matrimony in Houston, Texas at St. Nicholas Catholic Church on October 9, 1940. She and Walter moved to Seattle, Washington and joined Immaculate Conception Parish in the Late 1950’s. She served as a Eucharistic Minister as well as being a dedicated and loyal parishioner for numerous years.
On May 1, 2021, Rosa departed this life. She was preceeded in death by her husband of 67 years, Walter; her parents; her sisters, Alice Flake and Hazel Lancelin; her brothers Oliver, Wallace, Clifford and Ferdinand Jr.; and three nephews Clarence, Larry and Melvin Thompson. She leaves to cherish her memory two devoted nieces, Mable Thompson Pratt (Alexander) and Doris Ann Thompson Givens (James B.); Nephews, Alexander Pratt (Mable), Rudy (Constance), Anthony
(Tina), Jerald (Rose), Ferdinand III (Angela), and James (Regina); her sister/cousin Dolores Ledet (Levan) and many great nieces and nephews; great-great nieces and nephews and many cousins in the lineage of the Thompson and the Ashford families. She also leaves her extended Family and devoted Friends, especially Ernie and Patricia Dunston, who cared for her with great devotion; Beverly Modica, her God daughter; a special friend, Sandy Roston; and all of Rosa Mae’s friends and church members who visited her often and loved her dearly. Her Seattle Family knew her affectionstely as “Auntie Rosa” and “Mama Rosa”. All her family and friends will sorely miss her.