Rachel Augusta Valentine Gumbs, 96, of Aberdeen, was born on July 25, 1926 and died at Bayshore Medical Center on Monday, May 15, 2023, after a short illness. She emigrated from San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic to the United States in 1952, settling in Cliffwood, New Jersey. Shortly thereafter, she joined St. Mark A.M.E. Zion Church, where she was an active member for seventy years.
Rachel was joined in marriage to the Honorable Judge Philip N. Gumbs at St. Mark in 1958. Rachel and Philip were married for 47 years until his passing in 2005. From their union came two children, Robina Gumbs–Shaw (Rudolph) of St. Albans, New York, and Philip Kelvin Gumbs (Tina) of Spring Lake, North Carolina. She was the proud grandmother of three; Elena Gumbs, Keenan Gumbs and Qadira Rachel Shaw. In addition, she leaves behind her beloved niece, Mary Ann Simmons-Mensah (Emmanuel) of Cliffwood, NJ, Elena Valentine de Rivera, Mary Valentine de Emiliano-Romagna, Martina Valentina, Milton Valentine and Teodoro Valentine, all of San Pedro de Macoris, and Isabel Valentine of Antigua, British West Indies.
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