Mary Edith Rock
Mary Edith Rock

Mary Edith Rock (nee Farnum), formerly of Montclair, died on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at her home in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Mrs. Rock was born in Virginia on April 14, 1924. She spent her early years in Harlem and then on a farm in Ridgefield, Conn. where her mother worked. There she lived a simple country life, riding horses and looking out for rattlesnakes.  

In 1938, Mrs. Rock and her brother Teddy moved to Montclair where their mother bought a house on Willard Place. She talked fondly of moving to Montclair where there were sidewalks to jump rope and friends to play with that looked like her.

She graduated from Montclair High School in 1942. Following graduation she went on to train at Harlem Hospital’s School of Nursing, where she met her husband Dr. Alfonso Rock. They were married in 1947 at Union Baptist Church in Montclair.

The Montclair Public Library stood out as a place where Mrs. Rock always felt welcome. Even into her 90s she recalled the open doors of the library nourishing her love of books and learning. Mrs. Rock earned her bachelors of arts degree, master’s of arts degree and a PhD from New York University. She was a longtime faculty member at the City University of New York (CUNY) Medgar Evers College.

She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Alfonso Rock and her daughter Allyson.

Mrs. Rock is survived by her children Daryl Rock, Lynette Rock of Montclair, and JoAnn Rock and two Goddaughters Kendra and Rhonda Guthrie.  

Funeral services were held at Siloam Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, N.Y. on April 13.