Sara Primeaux Rothwell
Sara Primeaux Rothwell

September 20, 1913 - September 19, 2017
Born in Darby, PA
Resided in Philadelphia, PA

Obituary

Sara Primeaux Rothwell was born on September 20, 1913 to LaMotte Primeaux, Sr. and Kathryn Grober in Darby, Pennsylvania.  She was the second of eight (8) children: Carmen (the eldest) and then Catalina (Catherine Jane), LaMotte (Jr.), Eleanor, Juanita, Christine, and Doris.  She was educated within the School District of Philadelphia until the eleventh grade when she had to leave school and help her mother care for her younger siblings. She did this faithfully until she literally bumped into Andrew Rothwell, Sr. on her way to work one day.  The man who would marry Sara six months later worked for the United States Postal Service as one of the first African-American mail carriers hired in the City of Philadelphia.
How Sara told the story is that she was running late for work while he was delivering the mail to her mother's house.  She did not even see him coming and she literally knocked him off of his feet and the mail went flying everywhere.  Andrew proposed to Sara on their first date and the whirlwind romance never stopped until his passing on October 5, 1960.  They had a son, Andrew Richardson Rothwell, Jr. aka "Muggy" on May 14, 1942 (d. April 25, 1986). Muggy fathered three children: Stephen Bruce, Andrew Richardson (III) and Kimberly Ann.  Even though Sara lost her husband and her son early in her life, she never lost hope or stopped living.  She turned her widowhood - of fifty seven (57) years - into a very positive and inspiring journey; one that would make anyone marvel over in amazement.
Sara doted over her grandchildren whenever she saw them.  She was the type of grandmother that spoiled them rotten. From grape sodas, candy, walnuts, ginger ale and chocolate bars, Sara always wanted to know all of things that her grandkids liked to eat but weren't allowed to have when their parents were around.  She always had a great plate of Caribbean or soul food ready for her guests and always kept her places toasty warm.  By most accounts, Sara was a great cook.  However, you didn't dare ask her for her recipes.  The best oxtails, curried goat and chitterlings have gone with her.  She did leave us all with wonderful memories and stories to tell for ages.
Sara loved to go to the casino and shopping with her girlfriends Elsie and Marie that she called her "sisters" - much to her other sisters' chagrin.  She was a great dancer and loved to travel.  Even when she lost the ability to walk in her late 80s and early 90s, she still wanted to go out on drives with everyone and anyone that would let her in their car, van or shuttle bus.  A beautiful sunny day was a signal that - depending on her age at the time - Sara was out on the porch or stoop/steps, on a SEPTA bus, or enjoying some sunshine at the Chestnut Hill Lodge and nursing home where she spent the last eleven years of her very full life.  Sara outlived all of her siblings, offspring and contemporaries.
While the Lord granted Sara 103 years, she will be missed by her three surviving grandchildren, over two dozen nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives, family and friends.  She died very peacefully and without being in any pain on the eve of her 104th birthday on September 19, 2017.  Sara is home with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ now without a care, hurt or pain.  For that, we are all very thankful. 
Respectfully submitted by,
The Family

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Visitation
Terry Funeral Home Memorial Chapel
4203-05 Haverford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA US 19104
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Service
Terry Funeral Home Memorial Chapel
4203-05 Haverford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA US 19104
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
6:00 PM
Cemetery
Private
Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA US 19104
Wednesday, September 27, 2017