Family, friends and sympathizers on Wednesday, January 6, gathered at the Tubman United Methodist Church (TUMC) in Paynesville to remember a woman they described as “loving, caring and an educator.”
The late Mother Eileen Dolly Edwards-Rogers was born to the union of Dr. and Mrs. Solomon T.R. Edwards on October 22, 1924, and died on December 20, 2015 in Monrovia.
She was 91.
“Mother Edward-Rogers was the best mother anyone could ever ask for because she taught everyone how to love, and shared with her neighbors,” mourners said in their tributes during the service.
“Darlie,” as she was affectionately called by family and friends, immigrated from the United States to Liberia with her parents and two older siblings at the age of five.
Rev. Dr. Laurence K. Bropleh, in his homily called on the family to take solace in the Lord.
He told the congregation that the passing of Mother Edwards-Rogers had left a vacuum in the family, but that all will be well with them.
He described the deceased as “a woman of great strength, drawn from her relationship with her Lord and Savior. Aunty Darlie loved her family, and time and space did not make a difference to her.”
The late Mother Edwards-Rogers’ educational pursuit began as a home schooled child. She was taught by her father, Dr. Edwards, through junior high school and she enrolled at the College of West Africa and completed two years of studies before transferring to the then Liberia College.
Mother Rogers later enrolled in a nursing program in Monrovia with the hope of caring for the poor and needy upon completion.
Her loving and caring personality was the driving force that led her to embark on a career in nursing, mourners were told.
Auntie Darlie was joined in holy matrimony to the love of her life, James Michael Rogers, on July 26, 1955, and relocated to Sanniquellie, Nimba County, to begin their life’s journey together in 1956.
Unable to continue her nursing program, she sought direction from her Maker regarding her new life.
Mama’s “heart of a servant” attitude led her to yield to her calling in the world of primary education, a career she remained dedicated to for over thirty years, said daughter, Ruby Edwards Martins, who read her mother’s life sketch.
“In 1964, our parents relocated to Yekepa, Nimba County, to work with the LAMCO Joint Venture Operating Company. Teacher Rogers, as she was called, held that position for thirty-three years,” she said.
Ruby said her mother embraced the Christian faith at a very young age, adding: “Her Christian upbringing embedded some core values that resulted in her outstanding personality.”
“Her love for mankind was an outward manifestation of her love for God. She exemplified the ‘Golden Rule’ in her daily walk with man.
“She took God’s work seriously and was very instrumental in the establishment of the United Methodist Church in Yekepa, Nimba County.”
Aunty Darlie leaves to mourn her loss, her children, Roselind C. Roger-Jones (Casey Jones), Patricia Rogers, Eric Rogers, Jestina Massa Rogers, Louise Trobel and Matari Avery; grandchildren, Jere Earley, Jasie Kanneh and Zoey Rogers; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends.
Her husband, several of her children and her siblings predeceased her.