Charlotte Pence Rogers
March 23, 1940 - July 19, 2018
Charlotte Pence Rogers died peacefully at home July 19, 2018 in Ashland, Oregon. She was born March 23, 1940 in Monmouth, Illinois to Carol Flood and Lloyd Pence.
Charlotte held a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Counseling from Western Illinois University, and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She worked for the Minneapolis Public School System for over 25 years as a counselor and testing consultant and was co-author of Self-Esteem for Tots to Teens, a book eventually translated into several other languages. She was an adventurous person whose early interest in European travel inspired her children to be world citizens.
Charlotte is survived by her husband of 55 years, Hank. Both were born and raised in Illinois but spent the greater part of their marriage working and raising a family in Minneapolis, Minnesota before retiring to Oregon in 1997.
Deeply loved mother to Paige and Alex, best-ever mother-in-law to Rob Melrose and Tina Rogers and grandmother "gramdazzles”/”graham cracker” to Charlotte, Sebastian, and Anika, she will be remembered for her love of music, reading, and for the dignity with which she moved through life.
The eldest of nine children, she was the heart of the Pence family of Kirkwood, Illinois.
She is survived by seven siblings, Karen Pence, Stephen Pence, Anne Wells, Dan Pence, David Pence (Linda), Maida Pence, and Claire Pence; as well as many nieces and nephews and her best friend for life, Janice Munneke.
Charlotte was preceded in death by her sister, Myra Lancaster and brother-in-law, Bill Wells.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Minneapolis in the fall.
The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her honor to the Parkinson’s Foundation http://parkinson.org, Planned Parenthood https://www.plannedparenthood.org, or the Barbershop Harmony Society http://www.barbershop.org.