Modise-Mokgosi was a top role model in her community

Bongiwe Khumalo

Bongiwe Khumalo

Barely three months after burying his father, Bax Frans Modise, Oupa Modise is now burying his mother, Mary Motshegwa Modise-Mokgosi.

Modise-Mokgosi, right, who had battled ill-health for some time, died on January 20.

Born on July 28 1934, Modise-Mokgosi grew up in the Free State and later moved to Mohlakeng in Randfontein.

She graduated as a teacher at Emmarentia Training College in Pietersburg. She taught at Zenzele School for the Deaf in Roodepoort before joining Matlhasedi Primary School in Kagiso.

She also taught at Phumelela Training Centre for disabled children. While teaching she designed wedding gowns. She loved art and being involved in different activities in the community of Kagiso, and was one of the first black women to do bricklaying.

Modise-Mokgosi was involved in Kagiso's community policing forum, and school governing body.

She was also an active member of the AME Church.

She retired in 1997 and started Tiny Tots Early Childhood Development Centre in Riverside, Kagiso.

Modise-Mokgosi will be buried tomorrow at Kagiso Cemetery.The service will be held at Kagisanong Community Hall, Kagiso 1, from 8am.