Rosa Mae Rodgers, 102, was born on May 27, 1918 to Ernest McKinney and Pearline Mickles. She passed away on February 13, 2021 in Inova Hospital in Alexandria, VA.
Rosa migrated to Washington, DC in the 1950s. Rosa accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and was a devoted Christian, and member of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, MD.
She was a longtime member of Beulah Baptist Church where she served on ministries that included the Nurses Unit, the Ushers Unit, and was a Boy Scout leader.
Early on, Rosa identified her passion for sewing, and enrolled and graduated from Armstrong Vocational High School in 1955. She obtained employment with Sibley Memorial Hospital and worked there for 15 years as a seamstress before retiring in 1979. Following retirement, Rose returned to Gaffney for a visit and reconnected with a childhood friend, B.K. Rodgers. Rose and B.K. married in 1981 and settled in Gaffney. They were devoted members of Concord Baptist Church until his death in 1986. Following B.K.’s death, Rose returned to Clinton, Maryland.
Rosa was preceded in death by her daughter, Jacqueline Foskey; adopted daughter, Dorothy Shaw, sister, Rhoda Webster; and brother Jack Humphries. Rosa leaves here on earth her three grandchildren, Kenneth Powell (Washington, DC), Donna (Todd) Jones (Clinton, Maryland), and Brian (Felicia) Powell (Ft. Washington, MD); five great-grandchildren, Trenton Jones (Upper Marlboro, MD), Travis Jones (Clinton, Maryland), India Brown , Breanna Brown and Amaya Powell (of Ft. Washington, Maryland); a first cousin, Ruth Phillips (Gaffney, SC), and a host of nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at Strickland Funeral Services, 6500 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, Maryland for a viewing at 10 a.m. and a Private Funeral Service at 11 a.m. A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, February 26, 2021, 12:00 noon, in Concord Baptist Church Cemetery, Gaffney, SC., with Rev. Dr. Michael Bridges officiating.
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