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M. Jean Rogers

M. Jean Rogers

Margaret Jean Rogers went to meet our heavenly father on July 22, at 3:50 a.m. Jean died of natural causes and will be buried in a private ceremony at a later date. There will be a Celebration of Life to be announced.
Jean was born on November 16, 1935, (she shares her birthday with her husband). She was born to Mae Eloda Corwin Paxton and George Washington Paxton in Missouri. She, her younger sister June, and their parents eventually moved to Vale, Oregon. In 1956, she met Claud Rogers in Ontario, Oregon and were married in Vale June 2, 1957. They had two daughters, Cindy (John) Throne and Cathy Rogers. They have two grandchildren, John (Megan) Throne, Autumn (Bear) Lewis. They also have seven great grandchildren – Tayshaun Van Eaton, Tanyon, Espyn, Ihly and Tydus Throne and Kyler and Kaylee Lewis.
In addition to her husband, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren; Jean is survived by her sister June (George) Krasznavolgyi, sister-in-law Wyoma Rogers and several nephews and nieces She was preceded in death by her parents and nephew Bryan Krasznavolgyi.
Jean’s childhood was spent on a farm in Vale, Oregon. Before granddad built the house they lived in for 30 years, they lived in a tent with a dirt floor. She attended Vale schools from elementary to high school. She lettered in sports and was in Future Farmers of America. After graduation, she was looking for work and the phone company had a sign on the door for anyone interested in a job to come on in. She was immediately hired. For the first part of Jean’s married life, she was a stay-at-home mom and drove Cathy and Cindy to school everyday .
In 1974, Jean went back to college and graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor’s degree in secondary education. She later received her Master’s Degree in education. Jean taught at Link’s School of Business and then moved on to work at Notus High School and remained at Notus until she retired in 1995. In retirement, she spent her summers watching grandchildren.
In 1961, Jean and Claud became members of Red Rock Christian Church. Cindy and Cathy were baptized at Red Rock as were their grandchildren and some of her great grand children. Red Rock was and is a constant in the lives of the Rogers family. They had the pleasure of being friends with Reverend Gary Smith and his wife Robbie for 35 years until their retirement. One of Jean’s talents was the distinction of being the best pitcher for the Red Rock Steelers women’s softball team. She played for many years.
In Jean’s last years, the insidious disease of dementia entered her life and slowly took her memory. But she was never forgotten by those who loved her, especially Claud who would visit Jean almost every day for the 2 ½ years she was in the Memory Care unit at Overland Court Assisted Living.
The family would like to thank the staff at Overland Court for the loving care they showed Jean especially in the last six months. We also are incredibly grateful to Lighthouse Hospice caregivers. They are love personified.
Donations can be made to Red Rock Christian Church or to the Alzheimer’s Association.
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