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Sylvia Rochester Obituary (1939 – 2022) – Baton Rouge, LA – The Daily Star –

Graveside service
Jul, 30 2022
Roselawn Cemetery

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Sylvia Rochester, age 82 born Sept. 7, 1939, passed away on July 25, 2022. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Underwood Rochester and wife, Dorothy Behrens; two brothers, John Underwood and Robert Rob Rochester and a sister, Dorothy Rochester Dyer Morgan. She is survived by her son Darren Maury Drummond, wife Lili Richardson, and their sons-Joseph, Nicholas, Benjamin, Samuel, and Nathan and her son Mark Devin Drummond, wife Erica Boone, and their sons-Jacob and Andrew; a sister Flavia Rochester Wright and husband John, and a brother, Charles Rochester and wife Renee McClure. Many nieces and nephews, the closest of which are John Underwood Rochester III, Dawn Dyer (Mrs. Mark Tricou), Diette Dyer (Mrs. Joel Massey), Robert Robb Rochester, Jonette Wright (Mrs. Keith Leckelt) and Sylvia Wright Simmers. Also a dear family friend, Debbie Daniels.
Burial and a brief graveside service for the immediate family will be held at Roselawn Cemetery, Baton Rouge on Saturday, July 30 at 10 AM. A celebration of life will be announced later to be conducted by Pastor Tim Moffitt at the Woodland Park Baptist Church in Hammond.
God presents us with many opportunities. Do not ignore them. Seize them. Challenge yourself to be the best that you can. A graduate of Istrouma high school and LSU, Sylvia led an exciting and adventurous life, from getting lost in Devil's Swamp to working with NASA at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, during the time that Von Braun developed the Saturn V rocket that took our astronauts to the moon. "That was when President Kennedy was assassinated, and Sylvia answered his call to "… ask what you can do for your country." She responded by joining the Peace Corps and serving 2 years in Ethiopia, Africa. Upon her return to Baton Rouge she married Havis Maury Drummond (deceased) and raised her two sons, all the while pursuing her love of painting and writing. Her oil paintings hang in many homes and businesses, and she authored 11 historical fiction novels and a genealogical book on her Rochester descendants in America. She was a member of the DAR, Colonial Dames of the XVII Century, Daughters of 1812, the Hammond Art Guild, the Amite Art Club and the Ponchatoula Creative Writing Group.
Raised in the shadow of Istrouma Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Sylvia accepted Christ at an early age, and he has remained her strength. When diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, she turned her problem over to Him, knowing He would want what was best for her. He chose to call her home. She looks forward to seeing her family and friends again because He has promised life everlasting. John 3:16.
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