RODGERS, Marion Simmons, 82, went to be with the Lord April 7, 2010.
A native of Tampa and a graduate of Florida State University, she was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She had a passion for her Lord and her family and was an advocate for all children. She was an active member of Palma Ceia United Methodist Church for many years. She started her advocacy for children by being involved in her children' s PTA as well as taking a leading role in early childhood intervention services. She was active at the board level for the PTA at the school, county and state levels. She was past president of HCC PTA, chairman of Juvenile Justice Affairs for the state of Florida, president of the Constituency for Children for Hillsborough County. She was instrumental in establishing the framework of The Children' s Board, was an elected Hillsborough County School Board member from 1974-1994, and was active on numerous other boards, including The Spring. In 1998, she was honored for her lifetime of service by having Rodgers Middle School named after her. Mayor Iorio appointed her to a newly established ethics committee for the city of Tampa. She truly displayed the fruits of the Spirit. She was predeceased by her husband, Fred; sister, Jacquetta Omsted; and granddaughter, Christine. She is survived by her daughter, Marianne Parsons (Paul); son, Tom Rodgers (Kim); grand-children, Elizabeth McCafferty (James), Carrie and Miranda Parsons, and Tommy and Lauren Rodgers; niece, Cathy Conley (Terry); great- nephews, Kenny Conley (Sara) and Gene Conley; and her faithful friend, Pat Rodgers McCullough. The family will have a gathering 5-7 p.m. Sunday, April 11, 2010, at Blount & Curry Funeral Home, 605 S. MacDill Ave. A memorial service to honor her life will take place at 2 p.m. Monday, April 12, 2010, at Palma Ceia United Methodist Church, 3723 Bay to Bay Blvd. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Palma Ceia United Methodist Church (813) 837-9580, or to Judeo Christian Clinic (813) 870-0395. Please sign the online guestbook at www. BlountCurryMacDill.com