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Claudia Mae Daniels Rush

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Claudia Mae Daniels Rush, 90, passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at UPMC Hamot. She was born on July 6, 1923, in Belzoni, Miss., to Christopher Columbus Daniels and Anna Allen Daniels, the youngest of their three children. Accepting Christ at an early age, she was baptized at Jerusalem Baptist Church, under the stewardship of grandfather, Rev. William Daniels.

She attended Humphrey's County Training Academy and Tougaloo College, majoring in education. Claudia was a master seamstress and was employed many years by the Opportunities Industrialization Center, where she taught communication and computational skills, and was regarded as one of the most popular teachers in the school. Although retired, she still maintained contact with many of her former students.

She was a positive contributor and active in the civic life of her community, including Girls Scouts of America, founding member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, NAACP, National Council of Negro Women and United Way of Erie County and board member of the Booker T. Washington Center. Other than her family, her two great passions were the Order of the Eastern Star and Saint James AME Church.

She joined Orpha Chapter #21, OES, PHA in 1950, and has been a continuous member serving in various offices, including Worthy Matron and member of the Jurisprudence Committee. As a member of her church, she served on the Steward Board and was currently Steward Emerita, she served on the Women's Missionary Society as a chairperson of the benevolent fund.

Claudia was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Fred O. Rush Sr., and a brother William Daniels, and a sister Mamie Daniels.

Surviving family members include her four children, Fred O. Rush, Jr., and his wife Donna, Cynthia P. Rush, Rev. Adrianne B. Rush and Cheryl Rush Dix and adopted daughters Diana Galloway and Yvonne Young.

Eleven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren will greatly miss the heart of the Rush family.

Friends may call at Saint James AME Church, 236 East 11th Street, on Friday 3-5 and 7-9 p.m., OES Service at 7 p.m., and may attend a Saturday 9:30 breakfast and visitation in the Paul P. Martin Fellowship Hall, until 10:30 a.m. The funeral service will begin promptly at 11 a.m., officiated by Rev. Kary Williams Jr. The Law Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Saint James Benevolent Fund.

She is a kind woman who serves out of great compassion in a very proficient manner . . . as one whose "cup overflows." " Her children rise up and call her blessed . . ." Psalm 31.

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Published in the Erie Times-News from Apr. 17 to Apr. 18, 2014
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