Mae O. Carter Chapman

October 3, 1942 ~ November 5, 2021 (age 79)


Mae Ola Carter Chapman was the third child born to Ralph Carter and Robbie Mae (Fleeks) Carter Henderson on October 3, 1942 in Willis, Texas. In 1955, Mae arrived in Seattle at the age of 12 when her mother decided to move the family to Seattle’s Central District where some of Robbie Mae’s brothers had already relocated.

After graduating with honors from Garfield High School in 1961, Mae went on to attend Western Washington University in Bellingham, and then earned her Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Washington. While studying at the UW, she served as a Vocational Counselor for pregnant teens at the Special Counseling School. Additionally, she became the first librarian for the newly created Ethnic Cultural Center, a fitting position for a lifelong avid reader.

In 1978, Mae relocated to Northern Virginia to take advantage of career opportunities in the Washington, DC area. In her 29+ years as a Federal Government employee, Mae conducted training seminars and workshops in diversity and civil rights policies, investigated discrimination complaints, mediated disputes, and supervised others in providing these same functions. Along the way, she worked for multiple Federal agencies and departments in domestic and overseas locations while earning multiple certifications, awards, and recognitions for her impressive standard of service. Mae was also actively involved with Blacks In Government and the Seattle branch of the NAACP. She greatly enjoyed traveling and loved to help people, and God granted her the blessing of fulfilling both of these passions.

After retiring from Federal Employment in 2002, Mae became a Recruitment Specialist for One Church, One Child, and then Executive Director for African American Adoptions, Inc., a Virginia non-profit adoption/child placement/recruitment agency. To be closer to the rest of her family, she returned to Seattle in 2016.

Mae accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior at an early age. Diligent in applying her time, tithes, and talent to building the Kingdom of God, she regularly visited shut-in members, taught Sunday school, presented classes that helped boost self-esteem, sang with the Inspirational 7, and contributed much to the North Pacific Baptist Convention, including serving as a past president of the Congress of Christian Education.

At First Baptist Church of Vienna, Virginia, Mae assisted with the Pastoral Search Process and served in several ministries including the Voices of Praise Choir, the Burden Bearers, the Women’s Ministry, the Evangelism Ministry, and the Deaconess Ministry. Over the years, many churches were home to her—West Tabernacle, Tabernacle, True Vine, United, Damascus, Cherry Hill Baptist—yet she was always at home in the Body of Christ.

Mae is preceded in death by her parents Ralph Carter and Robbie Mae Henderson, and her older sisters Reba Caver and Geneva Gaston.

She leaves to cherish her memory her son Eric Carter of Seattle, WA;

one brother: David Henderson of Seattle, WA;

two sisters: Carolyn Palmer of Renton, WA and Trudelle Wyatt of Tacoma, WA;

two nieces: LaNette Andrews of Portland, OR and Tanishia Wyatt of Tacoma, WA;

six nephews: LaShaun Caver of Portland, OR, Emmanuel Golden and Joseph Palmer III of Renton, WA,
Wilburn Caver, Noland Wyatt, and Cecil Wyatt of Tacoma, WA;

and many dear family members and close friends from coast to coast.

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November 19, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Serenity's Personal Alternative Chapel
749 Central Ave N
Kent, WA 98032

November 20, 2021

10:00 AM to 10:55 AM
Follow The Light Koinonia Church
1063 Hoquiam Ave. NE
Renton, WA 98059

Funeral Service
November 20, 2021

11:00 AM
Follow The Light Koinonia Church
1063 Hoquiam Ave. NE
Renton, WA 98059

Graveside Service
November 22, 2021

11:00 AM
Abby View Memorial Park
3601 Alaska Rd.
Brier, WA 98036

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