NEWPORT, Ore. — Marian Louise Rogers, 70, died Nov. 7, 2007, at her home in Newport, Ore., of complications following a brain aneurysm and strokes earlier in the year.
She was born July 14, 1937, in Zephyr, Texas, to Merle and Edra Claborn. She graduated from Howard Payne University, Brownwood, Texas, with a B.S. degree and taught in the Dallas and San Antonio school districts. She was an insurance agent and licensed airplane pilot with a love for all things outdoors, including gardening, hiking and skiing. Marian had a genuine love for animals and nature. Those who knew her describe her as a generous, caring, modest and totally unselfish person. Husband Jim said, “Our courtship and marriage was a like a storybook romance. Words can never express how very much I’ll miss her.” Marian was always first and foremost a lady, she was thoughtful, and compassionate. Her gentle, kind and living spirit exemplified the beautiful lady she was. Marian’s grace, eloquence and radiant smile won the hearts of many people. An accomplished pianist, Marian often expressed her spirituality through singing and playing her favorite hymns. Fond of adventure and new cultures, Marian traveled extensively in the United States and numerous foreign countries. At her death, she was a member of the Pleasant Home Methodist Church in Pleasant Home, Ore.
She is survived by her adoring husband of 29 years, James K. Rogers of Newport, Ore.; his daughter, Valerie Rogers of Honolulu, Hawaii; and his three stepchildren, Marjorie A. Crain and husband George of Anchorage, Alaska, Brian Rogers of Chugiak, Alaska, and Linda Libertini and her husband John of Bellingham, Wash.; her brother-in-law, Lee Royce Lockridge of Lubbock, Texas, and his two daughters, Roxanne Carter of Canyon, Texas, and Melanie Fletcher of Topeka, Kan.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Merle and Edra Claborn of Zephyr, Texas; and her beloved children, daughter Patricia Lynn Stover and son Brett Alan Stover; and her sister, Wanda Lockridge of Lubbock, Texas.
In accordance with her wishes, she was cremated. Her ashes will be scattered in Cook Inlet near Anchorage, Alaska, where her children were lost in an airplane accident with their father, William Stover, in 1978.
Memorial services will be scheduled at a later date. Those who choose may make memorial donations to Samaritan Pacific Hospice, Memorial Donation, P.O. Box 945, Newport OR 97365.