The “Queen of Psalms” a vibrant, soft spoken, angelic, loving spirit, Cherie Jane Rowe-Proctor entered the pearly gates of Heaven on the morning of July 19, 2022. Cherie Jane Rowe was born on October 4, 1952 in Seattle, Washington to the late Rosa Rowe and James Rowe. Rowe-Proctor answered God’s call at her home in Renton, Washington after a short battle with Cancer. Surrounded by loved ones and family. Rowe-Proctor then proceeded to knock on heaven’s door to join her parents and older sister who loved her dearly.
Life was sunshine and fun for Rowe-Proctor growing up in Seattle. Rowe-Proctor was a precious gift born to her parents who were in their early fifties when she surprised the family. Rowe-Proctor grew up off Hiawatha Place on the edge of Seattle’s Central District. Rowe-Proctor graduated from Franklin High School in 1970 and continued her education at North Seattle Community College where she pursued a degree in Early Childhood Education. She loved teaching the children who were preschool to kindergarten age at University Congregational Church in Seattle. She worked there for three years. Rowe-Proctor transferred to the University of Washington where she discovered her passion and love for musical theater. After college, Rowe-Proctor performed in various plays at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute in Seattle and Black Arts West.
She worked in the field of finance at Seattle Trust and Savings Bank, then retired happily after twenty-five years of service in communications at U.S. West Communication (formerly known as Pacific Northwest Bell now Lumen Technologies).
Rowe-Proctor’s dedication and commitment to serving the Lord, her family and community never stopped. Her tireless efforts of hard work and leadership continued through her love for all at Mount Zion Baptist Church. She served as the Vice-President of the Mt. Zion Choir; active member of the Psalmist Choir; Prayer Line Host; Praise Team leader; Women’s Ministry Love Gift Coordinator and Corresponding Secretary; Circle Leader of the Mable Harris Circle; 1ST Vice President of the Seattle Section National Council of Negro Women (NCNW); Executive Board Member of the Rocky Mountain Regional Alliance, NCNW; Vice-Chair of Grandmothers Against Gun Violence, and Collective Justice member of the NAACP. Rowe-Proctor founded the Mount Zion “Women of Excellence” award and worked with the cancer support group, and many other religious and civic organizations.
Rowe-Proctor found solitude and great happiness in the beauty of nature. She loved butterflies, flowers, and the stillness of water. Rowe-Proctor loved to travel, discuss fashion, art and listen to music as she drove to one of her favorite places — Lake Washington. She enjoyed the serene view of Mt. Rainier which she calls, “God’s Ice Cream Cone.” Rowe-Proctor loved spending time with her family and friends, reading, laughing, watching movies, cooking, and sharing her gifts with everyone daily. Rowe-Proctor loved roses and chocolates to brighten up any day.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Elizbeth Slumkoski. Rowe-Proctor leaves to cherish her memory her son DeVon (Jenny) Martin, her daughter Iman Proctor, grandchildren Hali, Daizon, Jerimiah, Justice, Mekai, and Sir Jon Pierre; great grandchild, Audriana; loving nephews, Frederick Slumkoski (Walker), De’Narjeray Slumkoski-Newton, Antonio Kidd and Ricky Barnes; caring nieces, Falicia Slumkoski-Barnes and Paula Slumkoski; god-sister Merilee Smith; god-daughter Marissa Garrett, god-son, Abin-bola Nellams; friends, a host of relatives, co-workers, church family and community who will continue to let her light shine in many different heartfelt acts of kindness while thinking of her.
When you see a beautiful butterfly, think of me, and say, “I am free.”
Services will be held at Mount Zion Baptist Church on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 11:00 AM.
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