Elizabeth Laulusa Rock was born on 19 October 1945 in Pago Pago, Tutuila, American Samoa and died on 7 December 2016 in Houston, TX. During her life she lived in American Samoa, New York, Ohio, Texas, and West Germany. She is survived by her husband of more than 48 years, Col. James C. Rock, USAF, Retired; son Tumu Rock and his wife Kirsty Rock; daughter Peta Rock Dudley and her husband, Bryan Dudley and their four children, Amanda, Jordan, Nathan, and Dara.
She lived her life in service to others, and most recently served communities in Texas by emphasizing a prison ministry called Kairos at the Eastham Unit in Lovelady, TX and the Meals of Love mission based at First United Methodist Church, Bryan in addition to her many other musical and food outreach missions.
The inmates at Eastham Unit who have dedicated their lives to Christ through the Kairos prison ministry are known as the Men in White. They call her Mama Liz. The kitchen volunteers who worked with her cooking for the Men in White, called her El Jefe (beloved boss).
She was a woman so full of love that she refused to quit serving others until her body finally gave in to the ravages of pancreatic cancer. Ten days before her death she was asked how she continues to do everything she does and her matter of fact reply was simply, “Well, you just keep doing what you can, until you can’t.” Five days before she died, only two days before she was admitted to MD Anderson Cancer Center for the final time, she was cooking what became her last Meal of Love in Bryan, TX.
Liz sang with all her might, danced in the light, and over the last 19 months smiled through all manners of personal suffering, always putting others before herself. She was so full of joy, that her smile, if weaponized, could have ended war forever.
Live. Love. Laugh. Sing. Serve. Smile.
Rest well now, Liz, your work here is done.
For those interested, a viewing is scheduled for 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wednesday 14 Dec 2016 at the Callaway-Jones Funeral Center, 3001 S College Ave, Bryan TX 77801.
The Funeral Service will begin at 11:00 AM on Thursday 15 Dec 2016, in the First United Methodist Church, 506 E 28th St Bryan, TX 77803. A reception and buffet lunch will be available immediately following the service.
Interment will be a private family prayer service, 9:15 AM to 9:35 AM on Friday 16 Dec 2016 in the Ft Sam Houston Military Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209.
At Liz’ request, in lieu of flowers please consider sending donations in her honor to one of her two favorite charitable outreach programs:
For the Liz Rock Youth and Music Endowment, make checks payable to “FUMC-Bryan,” with a memo of “Liz Rock Youth and Music Endowment” and mail to First United Methodist Church, 506 East 28th St, Bryan, TX 77803
For the Kairos Eastham Prison Ministry, make checks payable to “Kairos of Texas” with a memo, “Eastham, Liz Rock” and mail to Rodney Curry, P.O. Box 1694, Tomball, TX 77377.
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