Norah T. Rogers
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Norah T. Rogers Norah T. Rogers, 90, died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, at her home. The service will be at 2 p.m. EST Sunday at Saint Paul's United Methodist Church, with burial at Roselawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. EST Saturday at Bevis Funeral Home of Tallahassee (850-385-2193).Memorial contributions may be made to the Tallahassee Senior Center, 1400 N. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32303, or Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308. Born Norah Ruth Thompson on Jan. 12, 1916, in Bristol, England, she was raised in Brazil and attended primary school in England. She was employed by the British Embassy in Rio de Janeiro, serving as secretary to the British ambassador to Brazil. Fluent in English, Portuguese and French, her duties included translating and decoding messages sent from England to the embassy prior to World War II and also assisting the viceroy of India. While in Rio de Janeiro, she met and married William E. Rogers, and in 1939 they returned to the U.S. and came to Tallahassee in June of 1940. She worked with the Girl Scouts and was employed at Florida State University as assistant to a professor of photosynthesis and as administrative assistant to the department chair of pre-medicine until her retirement in 1986. She was also active in TOPS for 20 years and was an avid reader. Bill and Norah enjoyed round and square dancing and activities at the Tallahassee Senior Center. They were charter members of Saint Paul's United Methodist Church. Survivors include five children, John Rogers (and wife Judy) of La Mesa, Calif., Mary Rogers Brown of Tallahassee, Philip Rogers (and wife Brenda) of Atlanta, Richard Rogers (and wife Susan) of Vashon Island, Wash., and David Rogers (and wife Robin) of O'Fallon, Ill.; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death on May 8, 2006, by her husband of 70 years, William E. "Bill" Rogers.

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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Jan. 5, 2007.
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