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Rosa B. Rodgers, 84, C&P; Telephone employee

Rosa B. Rodgers, a retired Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. employee who was a member of several city choral groups, died of a stroke Sunday at Millennium of Liberty Heights. She was 84.

Born Rosa Burnetta Fields in Baltimore and raised on West Lanvale Street, she graduated in 1937 from Frederick Douglass High School.

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She began working in 1947 as an elevator operator in C&P;'s downtown headquarters. She later became a proofreader in the company's business service division, and earned its Business Services Award of Excellence.

"She was an avid reader with exceptional English skills," said a daughter, Rosa R. Lloyd of Lochearn. "She was an eagle-eye proofreader who caught everyone's grammatical and spelling errors. She was so good at her job that she was called 'Ace.'"

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After retiring in 1983, she traveled extensively in the United States and Europe.

An alto, Mrs. Rodgers sang with the choral groups Citizens Celebrating Baltimore and With One Voice, appearing with the latter at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

Mrs. Rodgers had been a communicant for more than 50 years of St. Katherine's of Alexandria Episcopal Church, and sang in its choir.

She was married for 21 years to Carroll E. Rodgers, a postal worker who died in 1972.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Joseph H. Brown Funeral Home, 2140 N. Fulton Ave.

Mrs. Rodgers is also survived by another daughter, Carol B. Allen, and two sisters, Geraldine Beasley and Regina McCoy, all of Baltimore.


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