Mae G. Caldwell, age 83, daughter of the late Abner H. Godwin and Arnetta Booth Godwin, was born Miriam Carolyn Mae Godwin on June 29, 1936 in Ivor, Virginia. She peacefully went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 1, 2019. Mae attended the Godwin Elementary School and Smithfield High School. Afterwards, she received her nursing degree from Norfolk State College; now known as Norfolk State University. In 1959, Mae met and married Charles H. Caldwell and through their union they were blessed with five children.
Mae lived in Virginia, New York and Maryland before settling her family in Wilmington, Delaware. As a resident of Wilmington, Mae’s selfless commitment to her community was apparent as she volunteered with many organizations that had a profound effect on her, her children and grandchildren. Mae served as Community Watch Block Captain for the Compton Square Homeowners Association. She also served on the Board of Christina Cultural Arts Center, People Settlement, and Sojourners Place. In addition, she worked with the Wilmington Interfaith Network (WIN) which is a faith based organization who focused on resolving pressing issues throughout the city.
Mae has always been known for her love of hats , and throughout her life she wore many of them. Mae worked in education, nursing, banking and social services. During her free time, Mae enjoyed traveling, gardening, writing poetry, music, playing cards and especially spending time with her family. Mae was very involved with and deeply loved her church community at St Mary’s/St. Patrick’s Church. She was a Parish Council Board Member, Lector, and Eucharistic Minister. Mae was also an active participant in the church’s annual Christmas Bazaar where her festive table was always known for it’s beautiful jewelry.
Mae was preceded in death by her parents, Abner and Arnetta Godwin and her youngest daughter, Cheron. She leaves to honor and cherish her memory; her children, Cheryl Caldwell, Charma Bell, Charlotte Rae Taylor, and Charles “Chuck” Caldwell Jr. Grandchildren: Juanita Liles, Charma Townsville (Damien), Andrew Shumosic, Brittany Bell, Rickey Bell, Chelsea Caldwell and Elnora Nesbitt. Great-grandchildren: Joshua Liles, Jocelyn Liles, JoSarah Liles-Hitch, Tru Taylor, Cali Caldwell and Nova Townsville. Sisters: Blondell Joyner and Barbara Williams from Bronx, New York and brother: Elmer Godwin from Smithfield, Virginia. She is also survived by her long time companion, James H. Stewart Jr. and a wonderful host of relatives, neighbors and friends. Mae has set a great example on how to lead with love through her graceful demeanor and resilient spirit.
Mae was a beautiful person, who will be remembered and truly missed. We will continue to celebrate her life and legacy as she is now rejoicing forever in eternal life.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 12 Noon on Monday, November 11, 2019, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 600 E. 6th Street, Wilmington, DE 19801, where viewig will be from 10:00-11:45 AM. Her burial will be private.
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