On July 25, 2020, the sun set on Mable Ilester Parker Rogers and she slipped into eternal rest after a courageous battle with a short-term illness. Mable, affectionately known as “Rettie” or “Rita,” was born on December 1, 1938 to the late John Henry Parker and Mable Heath Parker.
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As a young girl, Mable knew she loved serving God. She became a member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Painter, Virginia, where she worshipped until she moved to Brooklyn, New York. Mable was educated in the Accomack County Public School System.
“Rettie” married the love of her life, Ernest Rogers, Sr. and they moved to New York. While there, she was a loving and devoted wife and mother. In 1996, she relocated to Virginia.
“Rettie” was a quiet soul who spoke softly but with great strength. She had a loving heart and was extremely giving of herself, always offering advice. She loved to cook and have her family attend her annual Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving dinners. Mable was affectionately referred to as “Grandma G” by her great-grandchildren. We love you “Grandma G” and will deeply miss you.
“Rettie” was preceded in death by her three brothers, Otis Parker, Lennell Parker, and Richard Parker; two sisters, Nadine Parker and Geraldine Reid; son-in-law, Charles Gittens, Jr.; and two brothers-in-law, Alphonso Johnson and Theopoleus Baines.
She leaves to cherish her loving memory: two children, Raynel Gittens of Camden Wyoming, DE and Ernest (Linda) Rogers, Jr. of Brooklyn, NY; three grandchildren, Charles (Sade) Gittens, III of Baltimore, MD, Sabrina Cupples, and Sherwanda Rogers, both of Brooklyn, NY; four great-grandchildren, Elina Nikci of Brooklyn, NY, Brooklynn Gittens, Braelynn Gittens, both of Baltimore, MD, and Aaliyah Holmes of Brooklyn, NY; two sisters, Ina Johnson and Erma Baines both of Dover, DE; one goddaughter, Mignon Da’Costa; one very special niece, whom she always held dear in her heart as a daughter, Treva Reid of Fredericksburg, VA; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.