Woman believed to be oldest in city dies at 109|[9/05/06]

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Mamie Rogers, believed to have been the oldest resident of Vicksburg, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006, at River Region Medical Center. She was 109.

Mrs. Rogers, a resident of Heritage House Nursing Center, had celebrated her birthday Aug. 16 and a featured in a photo and story in The Vicksburg Post.

She was the oldest of 29 children and had been born on an Issaquena County plantation in 1896.

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Mrs. Rogers grew up in Edwards and moved to Vicksburg in the 1930s. In 1946, she moved to Chicago, where she found work making clothes. She returned to Vicksburg in 1980 and had been a resident of Heritage House since Jan. 24, 2003.

She is survived by a sister, Lenier Mae &#8220Baby Doll” Taylor, a resident of Heritage House; a brother, Walter Harris; and two great-great-nephews.

W.H. Jefferson Funeral has charge of the arrangements.