Margaret Virginia Spence Rogers (1923 - 2011)

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Margaret Virginia Spence Rogers, 88, of Sedalia, died Saturday, October 22, 2011, at her home. She was born on Thursday, February 15, 1923, in Midwell, Cimarron County, Oklahoma, the daughter of Bennie and Flora Mildred Leap Spence. On February 15, 1947, she was united in marriage to Herbert Francis Rogers, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Sedalia, by the Reverend H. H. Heidbreder. In 2008 Margaret and Herbert celebrated 61 years of married life together. To this union a son, Donald Keith Rogers, was born. Before she was two, Margaret moved, with her parents and two older brothers to New Lebanon, Cooper County, Missouri, the land of her father's birth. There, she was close to her grandmother's home, which she referred to as "a land of enchantment" because of the abundance of flowers, vegetables, grapevines, and fruit trees, which was shared by her grandmother with everyone in the community. Margaret was always begging her mother to "let her go to Gram's house". This was the beginning of Margaret's love of flowers and plants which continued throughout her life. Margaret was raised in the New Lebanon community and educated in the area. She attended Otterville High School and was in the graduating class of 1941 along with her brother, Richard. After graduation, although Margaret had received a scholarship to attend a local teacher's college, she was not able to go. As she always loved children and found them delightfully entertaining, she would have made a terrific teacher. Throughout her life she continued to foster her love of reading, poetry, and writing which she shared with her friends and family. Receiving one of Margaret's exquisite hand written notes was always a treat and a treasure for the recipient. Instead of college, along came WWII and Margaret moved to Marshall, Missouri, to work in the shoe factory. There, she forged many lifelong friendships, including that of her best friend, Pauline Winning. Margaret and Herbert maintained their wartime courtship through extensive correspondence. After their marriage, Margaret devoted her talents to her husband and son, as a farm wife and community helper. Together they enjoyed dances at the Boonville Rod and Gun Club, activities with the Otterville Boots and Saddle Club, and school and church events. Always welcoming Don's friends, and other family members, Margaret forged a lifetime of multiple generations who shared mealtimes, fishing, flowers, stories, and overflowing love, which she called "My Family Fortune". Margaret, along with Herbert, was actively involved with the New Lebanon community, including the annual Homecomings, as well as the restoration of the New Lebanon Presbyterian Church and Schoolhouse. Both buildings are now on the National Register of Historic Places. After regular services were no longer held at New Lebanon, Margaret and Herbert attended Broadway Presbyterian Church in Sedalia. Surviving are her son, Donald Keith Rogers, of Lee's Summit, Missouri; her sister, Dorothy Spence, of Versailles, Missouri; and her two brothers, Earl (Margaret) Spence, of Pilot Grove, Missouri, and Wayne (Janie) Spence, of Boonville, Missouri. She is also survived by a large family of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives, as well as countless friends, all of whom she loved dearly. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Rogers; her parents, Bennie and Flora Mildred Leap Spence; and two brothers, Lawrence Spence and Richard Spence. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 27, at Heckart Funeral Home in Sedalia, with The Reverend Gary Myers, The Reverend Tim Rehmer, The Reverend Tony Chapman, and the Very Reverend Father Forrest Burgett officiating. Casket bearers will be nephews Chris Spence, Terry Spence, Jeff Spence, Keith Spence, Mark Spence, and Dale Spence. Burial will follow the funeral service at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sedalia. Friends may call on Wednesday, October 26, at Heckart Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Condolences may be sent at www.heckartfuneralhome.com. The family suggests memorial contributions to Bothwell Regional Health Center Hospice, The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri Buddy Backpack Program, or to the . "After Glow" I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one, I'd like to leave an afterglow, Of smiles when life is done. I'd like to leave an echo, Whispering softly down the ways, Of happy times and laughing times, And bright and sunny days. I'd like the tears of those who grieve, To dry before the sun, Because of happy memories that I leave, When life is done. My God is calling, softly calling, Gently calling me to rest; I'll meet you in the morning, In the Homeland of the blest. Author Unknown, found in Margaret's notebook.
Published in Boonville Daily News from Oct. 25 to Nov. 1, 2011
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