Ethel Mae Southwick Rogers
Ethel Rogers, 85, a resident of Ashland, Ore. passed away February 20, 2014 in Medford due to complications from a stroke. She was born June 1, 1928 in Marshfield (Coos Bay), Ore. to Rolland and Jeannette Southwick.
Ethel grew up and attended schools in Marshfield. After graduating from Marshfield High School in 1946 she attended Southern Oregon College in Ashland, graduating with a degree in Education in 1951. In 1970, Ethel earned her Master's Degree in Education from the University of Oregon.
Though it was many years since Ethel had lived in Coos Bay, she maintained ties with her hometown through her sister, Mary Jane, nurturing lifelong friendships (that went back to her grade school years) by correspondences, reunions, and family gatherings.
Ethel was married to Gus Renwick in 1952. They moved to Ft. Lewis, Wash. where their first two children, Kelly and Nancy, were born. They settled in Springfield, Ore. in 1957 where Ethel began a long teaching career in the Springfield area. Here their third child, Deb, was born. During those Springfield years, there were memorable family trips in their trailer traveling throughout the United States.
A new chapter in Ethel's life began in 1973 when she married Henry Hank Rogers and moved to Ashland, Ore. Ethel taught for the Talent School District. Hank and Ethel established roots in the Rogue Valley and became involved in many activities in addition to their teaching careers. She was active in AAUW, PEO, Meals on Wheels, and was a familiar helper with Lions Club events. Retirement from teaching provided more time for Ethel to devote to her hobbies of spinning and weaving, camper trips to the beach and mountains, and visiting her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids. After Hank died she moved to Mountain Meadows Retirement Community where she met many new friends. She also volunteered in her daughter Deb's classroom, listening to children read.
Ethel is survived by her son, Kelly Renwick (Tracie) of Sisters, Ore.; daughter, Nancy Hackbarth (Lee) of Bend, Ore.; daughter, Deb Newman (Tom) of Jacksonville, Ore.; and her sister, Mary Jane Rush (Bill) of Coos Bay, Ore.; along with their sons, Chad and Todd. She was blessed with seven of the best grandchildren in the whole world, Josh, Ryan, Zach, Tyler, Jeff, Kathleen, and Kristine; and six adorable and special great-grandchildren, Lillian, Abigail, Evalin, Oliver, Paige, and Penny. She had numerous other relatives and friends whose lives she touched in her own kind and caring way, and she will be greatly missed!
A memorial service celebrating the life of Ethel Rogers will be held Sunday, March 2, at 1:00 p.m. at the Belle Fiore Estate and Winery, 955 Dead Indian Memorial Highway, Ashland, OR. In her memory we encourage you to buy a book for a special child in your life, or donate to the SMART reading program at your local school.