Purple worn in memory

Friday November 15, 2019 Written by Published in Local
Moekopu Vogel’s grandchildren Vaihere Mitchell, Moeana Mitchell and Teina Vogel, at the unveiling of her headstone in Matavera on Saturday afternoon. 19111201 Moekopu Vogel’s grandchildren Vaihere Mitchell, Moeana Mitchell and Teina Vogel, at the unveiling of her headstone in Matavera on Saturday afternoon. 19111201

The headstone of long-serving Cook Islands Girls’ Brigade commissioner Moekopu Vogel was unveiled at the weekend.

 

Vogel served as commissioner from 1992 to 2018, and was also a passionate foundation member of the Matavera Girls’ Brigade.

Born on 19 April 1950, she was the cherished wife and soulmate of William Vogel Snr and a mother to William - E Ve, Turia, Kimiora, Renall, Tina, Beal, Hatton, Roimata, Matangaro, Nichol and Alexandra.

She was well-known in the village of Matavera for her vibrant personality and strong presence in the Cook Islands Christian Church.

Vogel was a Tiakono Vaine in the church, a Sunday school teacher, captain of the Matavera Girls Brigade company, employed in the Public service from 1982 to 2018, and a former Justice of the Peace.

Purple being her favourite colour, the immediate family wore purple pareu for the occasion.

A hundred veils were uncovered swiftly and smoothly, prior to the revealing of the bold and beautiful headstone, that also honoured her many achievements in the community.

Members of the Girls Brigade attended the event, respectfully dressed in their company uniforms.

The unveiling ceremony was held on Saturday at the family residence at Matavera; Vogel passed away suddenly on June 12th last year.

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