Alice Mildred (Dorsett) Rogers (1930 - 2018)

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Alice Mildred Dorsett Rogers, 87, passed from this life Friday, April 6, 2018 at her home in Williston.
She was born Nov. 30, 1930 in Daytona Beach to Roy and Christia Dorsett. She was raised on a farm near Branford, along with her brother and sisters. Many summers were spent cropping tobacco, corn and cotton on the family farm and assisting neighbors with their crops.
Alice's faith in God was nurtured from an early age. She attended church with her family and was active in all church functions throughout her formative years. Her strong faith in God remained throughout her life.
Alice knew while in high school she wanted to pursue nursing as a career. She attended Stetson University in Deland for one year. She then studied and worked three years at Riverside Hospital School of Nursing in Jacksonville. She received her nursing diploma in September 1952.
Her first nursing job was a public health nurse in Levy County that she started three days after graduation. She traveled the entire county for 13 ½ years, making house calls and treating patients of all ages. She was known as the "shot lady" to Levy County students. Her next job was at Williston Memorial hospital where she remained for 21 ½ years. She worked in all areas of the hospital including the emergency room, ICU, surgery, Director of Nursing and Assistant Administrator. Her passion was always the direct care of patients.
Alice decided to finish her career working for the state of Florida at Tacachale in Gainesville. She loved giving direct care to special needs patients. She retired with great reluctance in 1993. She maintained her nursing license for over 60 years and continued to renew it after retirement.
Alice was married to Ferris Rogers (her Beautiful Blue Eyes Man), a happy union for 59 years before his passing. They raised four children, along with their jobs and duties of a small farm in Williston. She enjoyed spending time with her five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She loved to read, play board games and cards, sewing, quilting, ceramics, swimming, gardening and just riding in the car to look around.
She loved old movies, especially Gone with the Wind and State Fair and listening to Bing Crosby, Doris Day and church music.
Her favorite songs were "I'll Fly Away", "How Great Thou Art" and "Amazing Grace." She was a longtime member of First Baptist of Williston. She loved teaching Sunday school, GAs., showers and helping with other activities at church.
She loved traveling to North Carolina, out west to Wyoming and most of all the Rogers' Family Little Red Cabin on Lookout Mountain any time of the year, but fall was her favorite.
She made the best fried chicken. Her favorite foods were acre peas, coconut, BLTs and pizza, just to name a few of many. She was a big spectator of the Florida Gators.
Survivors include sons, Tommy (Yvonne) Rogers of Chiefland, Tim (Donna) Rogers of Williston and Andy (Kim) Rogers of Centreville, Va.; sister, Janet Blackwell of Jacksonville; grandchildren, Colby Rogers of Williston, Jared (Kayla) Rogers of Seneca, S.C., Seth (Megan) Rogers of Chiefland, Taylor Rogers and Blake Rogers of Centreville, Va.; three great-grandchildren, Alistair Rogers and Lola Rogers of Williston and Kingston Rogers of Chiefland and many nephews, nieces and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ferris Rogers; daughter, Chris Rogers Drew; parents, Roy and Christia Dorsett; brother, Jack Dorsett and sister, Frances Nelms.
Services will be held at First Baptist Church of Williston, 339 E Noble Ave., Williston. A Celebration of Life was held Monday from 6-8 p.m. and the funeral was Tuesday, April 10 at 10 a.m. Interment followed in Orange Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, send donations to Chris Rogers Drew/Alice Mildred Rogers Memorial Scholarship Fund, Capital City Bank, 144 E Noble Ave., Williston, FL 32696
Arrangements are under the care of Knauff Funeral Home, Williston.
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Published in Williston Pioneer on Apr. 12, 2018