Dorothy Ann McLendon Rogers passed away Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019 in Topeka, Kansas.
Dorothy Ann McLendon Rogers passed away Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019 in Topeka, Kansas. She was born in San Diego, California on Aug. 28, 1947, the second daughter to Ross and Olive (Douglas) McLendon. She graduated from Medicine Lodge High School in 1965, and attended Pratt Community College and Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kansas. She married William Rogers on May 18, 1968.
She was raised in the Church of God, and attended several other churches throughout her life including the High Prairie Church in Leavenworth, Kansas. She earned the Order of the Rainbow from the Rainbow Girls Program, a faith based civic organization.
Over the course of their married lives, the Rogers lived in several small towns across Kansas where they made many friends. Scott City, Hays, Macksville, Rolla, Attica, Ingalls, and Easton were all communities that saw the Rogers family grow up.
From a young age, Dorothy worked at her Aunt Bessie’s West Side Laundry. As a young mother, Dorothy provided childcare from her home. She also worked as a school cook, library aide, light bulb assembler, crop insurance claims processor, grocery store clerk, and nurse’s aide. Dorothy retired from her favorite career at the Combined Arms Research Library at Fort Leavenworth in 2013.
Over the years, her hobbies included sewing, cross stitch and embroidery. She was a fan of puzzles, board games, card games, and crossword puzzle books. Dorothy was a pro at solving Wheel of Fortune puzzles where she rarely needed more than a few letters.
Bill and Dorothy often took vacations to visit family in Long Island, New York and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. As newlyweds, Bill and Dorothy spent several summers with Bill’s parents in Southampton, New York, driving back to Kansas in their Volkswagen van.
Dorothy learned to snow ski, canoe, and ride horses. Bill and Dorothy enjoyed membership in a saddle club that met several times each year in Devil’s Den National Park in Arkansas.
She spent innumerable hours in school gyms and football stands watching her husband coach and her children play sports.
Dorothy took pure delight in her grandchildren, spoiling them every chance she got.
She is survived by her husband, William, Topeka, her children, Sharlo Rogers, Wichita, Mark (Anna) Rogers, Leavenworth, Bill (Bree) Rogers, Topeka, grandchildren, Keely, Lauren, Brock, and Ethan, sisters, Mary Ruhnke and Millie (Terry) Wieland, and nephews, Russell and Raymond Reil, Tom Wieland and Jason Wieland.
Memorials may be made to the Leavenworth Public Library or your local school or public library to enhance the children’s book selections.
Public viewing will be Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 at 11 a.m. with the funeral service to follow at noon at the Davis Funeral Chapel in Leavenworth. A private burial will be at Leavenworth National Cemetery.