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Rochelle O. Smith, 106, ‘creative seamstress’

Sept. 1, 1907 – July 18, 2014

Rochelle Oreta Cummings-Smith, of Buffalo, a homemaker and “creative seamstress,” died Friday in Delaware Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was 106.

Born Rochelle Cummings in Swinsboro, Ga., one of nine children and the youngest girl, she graduated from Ebenezer Agricultural and Industrial Institute in Georgia in 1927.

She learned sewing from her family and cut her own patterns as she made dresses, suits and other clothing for her children and her extended family.

She retained a sharp memory and was still sewing at age 100.

The mother of five, she was the widow of two husbands.

She lived in Atlantic City, N.J., before moving to Buffalo about 30 years ago to live with her only surviving daughter, Mary V. Lane.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 685 Kenmore Ave.

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