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Virginia “Kinsey” Lea Rogers

unknown - November 9, 2013

Virginia Lea "Kinsey" Rogers, 98, quietly passed away on Saturday, November 9, 2013, from natural causes. She had a zest for life, a wonderful sense of humor and maintained a twinkle in her eye until the end of her life. Virginia was a career teacher in Missouri, teaching high school and middle school students in the school districts of New Franklin, Prairie Home, Fayette, and St. Joseph, Missouri. She was more than a teacher and counselor to the young people that she taught...she was also their friend. Many of these friendships continue to this day. Virginia was born and raised in the small community of Whitham, Missouri. She attended a one room school house north of the farm where she grew up, transferring to Triplett High School and then to Central Methodist College, Fayette, Missouri. Virginia was a member of P.E.O., earning her 50 year pin, Eastern Star, AAUW, Delta Kappa Gamma, professional teacher's organization and the Missouri State Teachers Association. She took advanced educational classes at the University of Missouri and believed strongly that improving our education system was the answer to many of our social and economic challenges. Virginia was the epitome of a kind, gentle, non-judgemental person, but never known to shy away from expressing her opinions. Virginia Lea Rogers was a wonderful wife, mother, and friend and will be sorely missed. Survivors include: two sons, Charles Bruce Rogers and Warner Kinsey Rogers; daughter, Marsha Getto-Aikens; two grandsons, Jarin Russell Tabata, and Jeremy Marshall Getto; granddaughter, Virginia Ann Rogers; daughter-in-law, Alex Bradley Tabata and two great-grandson's, Devon Tabata, and Espen Tabata, as well as other family members. She will join in death her late husband, Marshall Rlee Rogers, well known for his many years as a professional youth and family counselor in the Missouri State Juvenile Reformatory system, as well as leading a state-wide program for expanding employment through the SBA. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Markland Funeral Home will assist the family in conducting a memorial service at the Methodist Church, New Franklin, Missouri on April 17, 2014, a burial will be at the New Franklin Cemetery.