Marion Simmons RODGERS
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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.

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April 23, 2010
Dear Marianne,
I was so saddened to hear of your mother's passing. My heart is with you.
As you know, I thought the world of your mother. Such a compassionate and loving woman. A kind and special soul.
Please don't hesitate to call on me should you feel the need.
My love and thoughts to Tommy and his family, Paul, Carry and Miranda.
Suzanne Spence
April 18, 2010
I have known Mrs. Rodgers for 32 years, since I first began working for Hillsborough District Schools. We had a friendship that continued past her retirement. I was priviledged to know such a kind, caring lady and I will miss her.
Sheron Le Grant
April 11, 2010
Mary Ann,

Please accept our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your dear mother.Lean on your friends for strength, and always remember how much you are cared about.

Clemmie Perry and Ross Perry
April 11, 2010
You have our deepest sympathy in the passing of your mother. She was a very lovely person and will be missed dearly. It was a pleasure to serve on the Hillsborough County School Board with her.

Doris Ross Reddick
Doris Reddick
April 9, 2010
Marianne and Family,

Words cannot express the sadness I feel. I will miss her deeply. She has meant so much to me and it has been my honor to serve her and get to know your family over the last few years. She was such a wonderful woman and someone I admired tremendously. Please call on me if you need anything. God bless to you all.

With love,
Kimberly Wozunk
April 9, 2010
Marianne and family,
Though I did not have the honor of knowing your mother
you are in our thoughts and prayers.

We love you,

Teresa Ryan
Teresa Ryan
April 9, 2010
I'm so sorry for your loss. I recently lost my father Lee E Christensen, who also worked for the School board for over 32 years. He knew Marion and thought highly of her. I know it can be hard to lose someone you love but god and time will help to heal your heart.
Kimberly Christensen-Holcombe
April 8, 2010
What a wonderful cause to dedicate ones life. Those in Her association were blessed in many ways.
Eric L.
April 8, 2010
Please accept my deepest sympathy. I loved your mother. She was a special role model for me. She truly served on the school board for the children and not for some agenda to keep getting elected. She was such a special person and she will be missed. Carolyn Bricklemyer
April 8, 2010
I met Mrs. Rodgers when Rodgers Middle School opened. I was one of the teachers that first year, and I continue to work at the school. I was always inspired by the love Mrs. Rodgers expressed for the students. She will truly be missed. I will keep her family in my prayers.
Gina Randolph
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