Serena S. Rogers

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Serena Sue Hill Rogers, 73, of Kinston, N.C., died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013.

She received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from East Carolina University and started her career as a classroom teacher in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system. From there, she moved to the Wake County schools and spent a total of 20 years in the classroom before becoming the first media and technology supervisor in the Lenoir County Schools. She went on to serve as an instructional technology consultant at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction before retiring in 2000.

She was a lifelong educator and worked at both the state and local levels. She then spent her retirement years in Kinston and Lenoir County in the midst of family and friends.

She received numerous awards and recognitions during her tenure as an educator. Chief among them were the North Carolina Communication and Technology Service Award (2002); North Carolina SIMS Administrator Award of Honor (1993); Administrator of the Year, District 12 (1992); Administrator of the Year in Lenoir County (1991); and North Carolina Technology Educator of the Year (1990).

She was a member of Westminster United Methodist Church in Kinston and served as a choir member, organist, pianist and deacon there. She was also a Toastmaster International and Kinston Noon Rotary Club member.

She enjoyed entertaining, gardening, reading, playing the piano, baking bread and playing bridge. She spent hours nurturing others through visits, taking food, notes, phone calls and more.

She was beloved by many people in Lenoir County and across the state. Her gentle presence, faith, encouraging words and spirit proved a source of inspiration for many people.

She dealt with numerous medical conditions and challenges but never bowed to them. She helped others while struggling to maintain her own health. Oftentimes, no one except her doctors really knew just how sick she was. Her family was graced by her presence many more years than they or doctors expected.

Surviving are son Ben C. Rogers and wife Claudia, of Westminster; sister Eleanor H. Goettee and husband Joe, of Cary, N.C.; brother Roger P. Hill and wife Ann, of Wilmington, N.C.; brother Douglass B. Hill and friend, David McElhannon, of Charlotte, N.C.; grandsons Daniel Rogers, of Columbus, Ohio and Willem Rogers, of Westminster; a close friend, Jim Waller, of Kinston, N.C.; nephews Scott Hill, of Chocowinity, N.C., Brad Goettee, of San Diego, Calif., and Matt Goettee, of Raleigh, N.C.; and a niece, Robin Hankins, of Burlington, N.C.

She was predeceased by her son's father, Ben R. Rogers; her mother, Gladys S. Hill; a sister, Marsha W. Reidhill; and her father, W. Whitford Hill.

The family will receive friends at 2 p.m. Saturday at Westminster United Methodist Church in Kinston. The family will also receive friends at her home on 2816 Cherry Lane, Kinston.

A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the American Liver Foundation, P.O. Box 5218, Toms River, NJ 08754.

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Published in Carroll County Times on Dec. 26, 2013
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