Mary Alice Rogers
Mary Alice McCrory Rogers,86, a resident of Forest died Saturday, November 10, 2012 following a brief illness. Funeral services will be held at 2 pm Tuesday, November 12, 2012 at Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Forest with burial in the Eastern Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 11 am until the service time at the funeral home. Rev. Rick Henson will officiate the services. Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Forest will be in charge of arrangements.
Mary Alice McCrory Rogers loved her life with humor and enthusiasm, always willing to listen and offer advice to family and friends with a cup of coffee, a slice of pie and no judgment. Born and reared in Forest, MS after high school, she attended MS Baptist Hospital and received her RN degree. She married her high school sweetheart, Carl Henry Rogers, and they shared their life together for 59 years.
In Louisville, MS, they reared their four children, ran a furniture business and Mary practiced her interior design, and was a member of the Junior Auxiliary. During this time, they traveled extensively to exotic locales like Peru, Panama, Puerto Rico, Paris and Hawaii as a perk for their appliance sales. In the 80's, they moved to their home on the Ross Barnett Reservoir where they enjoyed living by the water, watching the alligators lounge on the creek bank and their cat, Boog. Mary returned to her nursing career during this time and worked at the Saint Dominic Hospital Mental Health Center until she retired.
Mary was an avid bridge player and enjoyed her memberships most recently at the Jackson Country Club and the Commons Lady's Bridge Club in Forest, MS. She also played with people from all over the world via computer on a daily basis. A storyteller in the best of the Southern tradition, she wrote and published a book, Don't That Beat All, Growing Up on Pistol Avenue, about her depression-era childhood and was recently working on a group of stories about 'Boydstun Hill', their neighborhood in Louisville. Her long and rambling emails chronicling "A Day in the Life of Mary Rogers" were a constant source of delight to family and friends. She also enjoyed her friends and fellowship at Forest Baptist Church where she was a member.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Howard McCrory, Sr. and Merle Rowe McCrory, husband Carl Rogers, daughter, Jeannie Lynn Rogers, brother, Howard McCrory, Jr.
Mary is survived by her children, Susan (Randy) Pickett of Brookhaven, Glen Rogers of Mazatlan, MX, Johnny (Alice) Rogers of Forest and Bryant Rogers of Santa Fe, NM; and a legacy of 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings, Elisabeth Bassett of Dallas, TX, Robert McCrory of Benton, KY and Marion McCrory of Montgomery, AL.
Memorials may be made to the Forest Baptist Church, 439 E. First Street, Forest, MS 39074.