A memorial service was held Jan. 9 at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church here remembering the life and ministry of the Rev. Arabella Meadows-Rogers.

Meadows-Rogers, 60, who retired as executive presbyter for New York City Presbytery last summer, died from the effects of pancreatic cancer on Dec. 17. Her husband, Rob, and her sister, Louisa, were by her bedside.

“Arabella was a strong witness among us,” said the Rev. J. Oscar McCloud, acting executive presbyter for the Presbytery of New York City, shortly after her death. “She was someone whose faith was deep and whose commitment to Christ sincere. Her witness during the past two years was more profound than that of people with good health. Maybe that is the nature of faith, to live so when it comes our time to die one can pray.”

In an interview with the Presbyterian News Service just before her retirement in August, Meadows-Rogers said, “I love my job … but the length of my life has been curtailed.”