Lavada Rochelle Bowser was born on November 27, 1960. She departed this earthly life on September 10, 2021. She was affectionately called Shell or Rochelle. Shell received her education in the Philadelphia Public School System. She grew up in the Raymond Rosen Housing Projects in North Philadelphia, along with lots of other family members. Shell was loving, caring, and a very warm-hearted individual. She loved caring for people, especially children. She was very funny, too and loved imitating people. One of the most memorable and funniest times was when Shell dressed up for a costume party as Jerome from the Martin Show. Another funny time was when Shell was younger and she used to straighten and curl family members’ hair. When she was done she’d always burn their necks a little to leave, what she called, her signature mark. To Shell, this was hilarious! Shell had some of the best family and friends’ gatherings. She loved to cook and everyone loved her potato salad. She loved going to the beach with her family, as well. Some of her hobbies included fishing, dancing, playing pool, cooking, and singing off key. Throughout Shell’s years of employment she loved working with children. Early on in life she worked for the Manna Headstart Program as a classroom assistant and later as a classroom assistant for the School District of Philadelphia. For the past twenty years she drove a school bus for the Upper Merion School District, taking students to and from school. During the summer months she drove kids to and from Camp Sesame Rockwood. Shell grew up in the Deliverance Evangelistic Church. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at a very young age. She later became a member of Triumph Faith International Worship Center where she was also baptized. As a member, she faithfully attended Sunday Services and Bible Study classes. She was a Sunday School teacher and a Vacation Bible School teacher. She also worked with children at the church’s summer camp. She was a church usher, as well. Shell faithfully attended church until her health began to fail. Through it all, Shell’s faith in God was unshakable! Shell loved the Lord and always encouraged others to dedicate their lives to God. Shell was preceded in death by: her husband Joseph Bowser, her brother Michael McLauren, and her father Eugene Sr. Shell leaves to cherish her precious memories: her mother Carolyn Harvey, her son Rasheed Harvey (wife Jacinta), daughter Josephine Bowser, daughter Jo-Anne Ansah (husband Kobe), two younger sons James and Deshan, and her youngest daughter Chardae, her grand children Rahmir, Tajinea, Abena, Liam, and Mason, a special niece that she raised Denay, 1 brother Eugene, 2 sisters Regina and Delores, her sister/friend Sharifah General and another special friend Irving Weary. Shell surely will be missed by everyone! Sorrowfully Submitted, The Family
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