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Mary Ellen Rogers


Mary Ellen Rogers, 82, died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, at UnityPoint-St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, at Prairie Creek Christian Church, rural Vinton, with the Rev. Kurt Brubaker officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home, Vinton, and one hour before services at the church on Tuesday. Interment will be in Bear
Creek Cemetery, rural Vinton.
Mary Ellen was born Aug. 10, 1936, in Vinton, Iowa, the daughter of Ray Merle and Hazel Fern Edmonds Geater. She graduated from Lincoln High School in Vinton in 1954.
On Feb. 5, 1966, Mary Ellen was united in marriage with Richard Frank Rogers in Hannibal, Mo. He preceded her in death on Oct. 5, 1993.
Mary Ellen attended Minneapolis Business College and later became an Area One Hotel restaurant chef. Through Kirkwood, she became a nationally accredited activity coordinator. She was elected a state officer of the Iowa Activity Coordinators in her first year of attendance. She organized the first activity group for the Benton County area, the Hawkeye Activity Coordinators Group.
She worked at the Prudential North Central home office in Minneapolis; spent four years at McLeod Publishing, and spent 10 years at the Cedar Valley Ranch. She also was a matron for the Benton County Sheriff's Department and worked part time at the Brandon Cafe and John's Quik Stop in Vinton. For 21 years, Mary Ellen worked for Virginia Gay Hospital as an activity coordinator and a home health aide, retiring in November of 2015.
Mary Ellen was a member of Prairie Creek Christian Church in rural Vinton. She organized the volunteer group for saving the rural Bear Creek Church and volunteered there for many years. Along with Marlene Brown, Mary Ellen started the "Farmer's Red Hat Group" of Brandon. She belonged to the Brandon Garden Club and Brandon Historical Society. She loved sports, serving as catcher on the Prudential softball team in Minneapolis and playing volleyball into her 50s. She enjoyed riding and driving horses, fishing, flower gardening, playing cards, reading and day trips through Farmers Savings Bank. She loved spending time with her family.
Mary Ellen is survived by two sons, Kevin (Barb) Rogers of Cedar Falls and Zachary (Michelle) Rogers of Vinton; daughter-in-law, Ann Rogers of Vinton; brother, Lyle (Lillian) Geater of Vinton; sister-in-law, Joyce "Rusty" Geater of Cedar Rapids; eight grandchildren, Allison (Joe) Martin and Sam (Amanda), Emily, Robert (Angela), Elijah, Yasmine, Steven and Johnathan Rogers; and 11 great-grandchildren, Eleanor, Margaret, Lillian, Joseph, Alivia, Ella, Wilson, Jackson, Leona, Gabriel and Tate.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Frank Rogers; and her siblings and their spouses, John and Irene Geater, Betty and Charles Linsey, Donald Geater, Dorothy and Melvin Yerkes and Zelda and Bill Bower.
A memorial fund has been established.
Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home of Vinton is caring for Mary Ellen and her family. Condolences may be left at vsrfh.com.