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Carol Ann McElrath

On Friday May 4th, 2018 after a sudden illness, Carol quietly slipped away at her home in Forestville, Maryland. Carol was born with the birth name of Carrollon Ann McElrath on December 11, 1944 in Washington, DC. She later changed her name to Carol Ann McElrath. She was the daughter of the late Mary Rebecca <aka Becky> Jett and Theodore McElrath. Upon the Union of the late Lloyd <aka Pops> and Rebecca Rollins, she was raised in their home along with her three siblings.
Carol accepted Christ at a young age when she joined Matthews Memorial Baptist Church in Anacostia, Washington, DC. She was also on the youth choir. Later in life, she then joined Mount Pleasant Baptist Church where she was a faithful member. She served as an Assistant Secretary and entered into the Discipleship Studies Program while at Mount Pleasant. She would often greet the church with these words: “Greetings Church. We are glad you came to visit us, the Mt. Pleasant Family under the leadership of Pastor Reverend Terry D Streeter. We want to welcome you and hope that something will be said to you that will help you join our family here today. Have a Blessed Day!”

Carol grew up in Barry Farms and attended her education within the District of Columbia Public School Systems. She attended Birnie Elementary, Douglas Junior High, and graduated in 1962 in the first graduating class conducted at Ballou High School. Later on in life to assist with upward movement for promotions in the federal government, she furthered her education at Strayer University and the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). She was last taking Bible Studies at the Evangel Temple in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Throughout her life, she worked various jobs. She first worked at C&P Telephone Company, then she worked for a Community Health Center before seeking employment in 1965 in the Federal Government. Her first Federal job was a Secretary with the General Services Administrations (GSA), then she left in 1967 to work at the Department of Public Welfare, until her final move of employment in 1976 to the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). Carol devoted 43 years of working in the federal government. She worked at HUD as a Financial Analyst until her retirement on July 31st, 2009.

Carol loved sports, traveling, listening to jazz, and mingling with family and friends. She loved to go every Tuesday and Thursday to play Bid Whist at the Camp Springs Senior Activity Center. Her favorite jazz musician was Brian Culbertson. She traveled all over the world and already had plans to go to Copenhagen, Denmark later on this year. She would stay up into the wee hours of the morning watching her sport’s teams. She ensured she had season tickets to the Washington Wizards & Mystics (basketball), Washington Kastles (Tennis), and the Arena Stage (Plays). As an avid Dallas Cowboys Fan, she would join travel groups to go to Dallas to support her team on a yearly basis when they played the Washington Redskins at A&T Stadium.
She was preceded in death by her parent’s Lloyd and Mary Rebecca Rollins; a sister Patricia Ellen Sledd; a brother-in-law, Melvin Sledd Sr.; and a sister-in-law, Eve Von Rollins.

She is survived by her two sibling twin brothers: Floyd Edward Rollins of Killeen, TX and Lloyd Randolph (Chris) Rollins, Jr. of Ft. Washington, MD. Several nephews: Melvin (Wanda) Sledd Jr and Ronald (Dana) Sledd of Clinton MD; Jamahl Rollins of Washington, DC; and two nieces: Rhonda Rollins of Cleveland, Ohio and Syreeta Neely of Oxon Hill, Maryland; along with other loving relatives and friends.


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