ROSA FLETCHER CROCKER

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SYKESVILLE, MD – Rosa Tucker Fletcher Crocker, 96, an arts ed­u­ca­tion ad­vo­cate and long­time res­i­dent of Har­ford County, Mary­land, died peace­fully Septem­ber 20, 2017 at Fairhaven. Rosa F. Crocker was born in Lex­ing­ton, Va., to Forest Fletcher and Laura Pow­ell Tucker Fletcher. Her Olympic ath­lete father was ath­letic direc­tor and track coach at Washington & Lee Univer­sity, and her mother founded a ru­ral Ap­palachian chil­dren’s clinic. In 1945 Rosa Fletcher Crocker mar­ried Michael Pue Crocker. Her hus­band pre­ceded her in death, but she is sur­vived by their three chil­dren - Forest Fletcher Crocker, Still­wa­ter, Minn; Berthe­nia Stans­bury Crocker (Ge­of­frey O’Gara), Lan­der, Wyo; and Rosa Tucker Crocker (Jonathan Mon­roe), Huntly, VA; seven grand­chil­dren, and a great-grand­child. Mrs. Crocker grad­u­ated from Lex­ing­ton High School, Vir­ginia; Ab­bott Academy, An­dover, Mass.; and Vas­sar Col­lege, Pough­keep­sie, N.Y., as a his­tory ma­jor. Mrs. Crocker was a founder of the School Con­certs Com­mit­tee of Har­ford County, an in­no­va­tive non-profit that spon­sored per­form­ing and teach­ing artists in Har­ford County’s pub­lic, pri­vate and parochial schools for over 35 years. The all-vol­un­teer group in­tro­duced thou­sands of stu­dents to in­ter­na­tional dance, the­ater and mu­sic, with artists of­ten hosted at the fam­ily home, Wood­view. A Har­ford County school mu­sic su­per­vi­sor re­marked that with­out Mrs. Crocker’s ef­forts there would have been “such a cul­tural void for our chil­dren.” Dur­ing World War II, she was an Air Force Air Trans­port com­mu­ni­ca­tions clerk, and served as Amer­i­can Red Cross recre­ation worker as­sist­ing wounded sol­diers. She re­called ap­pear­ing in a pro­duc­tion for ser­vice­men with co­me­dian Red Skel­ton as a high­light of this pe­riod. Her time vol­un­teer­ing at Camp Roberts, Cal­i­for­nia re­ceived national at­ten­tion in 2011 when a let­ter post­marked in 1944, ad­dressed to R. T. Fletcher, her maiden name, was de­liv­ered 67 years after be­ing penned by her brother as she co­or­di­nated en­ter­tain­ment for the camp’s hos­pi­tal. When national me­dia picked up the story of the un­punc­tual let­ter, as a life­long cor­re­spon­dent who never dis­carded a let­ter re­ceived, Mrs. Crocker had am­ple ev­i­dence that she was the in­tended re­cip­i­ent. To­gether with de­vo­tion to arts ed­u­ca­tion, Mrs. Crocker taught piano, and was a founder and ac­tive mem­ber of the Har­ford Cho­ral So­ci­ety. She served with the Women of St. Mary’s Epis­co­pal Church, Em­mor­ton, and the in­ter­de­nom­i­na­tional group FISH (Friends in Serv­ing Hu­man­ity), help­ing fam­i­lies in need. She sup­ported the Susque­han­nock En­vi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter, en­joyed her Book Club, be­longed to the League of Women Vot­ers, and was named a Har­ford County Liv­ing Treasure. She made Wood­view, the Crocker fam­ily home, a wel­com­ing hos­tel to scores of school per­form­ers, friends, fam­ily and in­ter­na­tional visitors, of­ten for ex­tended stays. Mrs. Crocker loved to swim, ride horse­back, and travel. She cor­re­sponded faith­fully with friends and fam­ily world­wide, never tossed a let­ter, nor failed to cor­rect gram­mat­i­cal er­ror as her grand­chil­dren will at­test, yet her ad­mo­ni­tions were of­ten iron­i­cal, and al­ways gen­tle. In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily in­vites freewill do­na­tions to a lo­cal char­ity of choice hon­or­ing any of Mrs. Crocker’s many in­ter­ests. In the Rap­pa­han­nock com­mu­nity, these in­clude the Benev­o­lent Fund, or schol­ar­ships ad­min­is­tered by Head­wa­ters (Next Step), Moun­tain Vista Gover­nor’s School Foun­da­tion, Lord Fair­fax Com­mu­nity Col­lege Ed­u­ca­tional Foun­da­tion, or the The Child Care and Learn­ing Cen­ter (CCLC).

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