Obituary for Tristan da Cunha islander Stella Rogers, who passed away 13th March 2020, aged 77.

Obituary for Stella Rogers

By Carlene Glass-Green

We regret to announce the death of Stella Rogers, who passed away peacefully on the 13th March 2020 aged 77 years.

Stella Rebecca Rogers was born on 15th November 1942. Her parents were Patrick (Paddy) and Laurie (nee Lavarello) Rogers. She was the middle child of three, with an elder sister Audrey and younger brother Edward. Stella married Joseph Glass in Fawley, England in 1962 and gave birth to Carlene in 1967. Joseph tragically drowned near the Hillpiece in August 1969. Stella remarried in 1974, to Ronald Rogers.

Life had not always been easy for Stella as she brought up her young daughter on her own until she married Ronald, but she managed well and was always cheerful and willing to hep others. She loved island life, especially the carding, spinning and would always be seen knitting woollens. She loved working in the Patches and continued to do so until just before she died.

The late Stella Rogers

Stella made many trips to Nightingale Island, the Caves and Stoney Beach with Ronnie. Their last trip together to the Caves was when she was 66 years old and she was fit enough to walk back over the mountain. She spent a lot of time alongside her sister Audrey caring for her parents during her mother's illness and when her father became blind and housebound. Always without complaint.

Stella worked as a cleaner at the Post Office and Radio Station until her retirement at 65 but continued part-time work processing at the factory until recently. She always worked cheerfully, constantly laughing, smiling and ready with a joke.

Stella loved children and often cared for them while parents worked. A special bond was made with Callum Green who she looked after from when he was a baby. Callum has a regard for Stella and Ronnie as if they were grandparents and in turn, he a grandchild.

She will be sadly missed by all who knew her, especially her husband Ronald, daughter Carlene Glass-Green, son-in-law Grant Green, grandson Justin Green, brother Eddie, sister Audrie and 'grandson' Callum.