Joan Blaney Rogers


Joan Blaney Rogers, 81, died April 11, 2007 at the Terraces Care Center in Phoenix, after an extended illness.

Mrs. Rogers was born in Massachusetts, the only surviving child of Jonathan and Anne Blaney. She moved to Arizona with her parents at a young age and grew up in Phoenix. She was a graduate of North High School. She then attended Colorado Woman's College and the University of Arizona, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in education. She was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and First Families of Arizona.

She married Jefferson Z. "Jack" Rogers, and together they farmed and cattle ranched in Arizona, primarily on the historic Q Ranch in Gila County. They retired to Payson in 1987, where she became an active member of the Community Presbyterian Church, serving as a deacon. She was also was a member of the Lioness Club and past member of Arizona and Gila County Cowbelles.

She is survived by her children, Jonathan Rogers of Phoenix, Martha Anne Wheeler (Tim) of Globe, grandchildren Ruth Wold (Dusty) of Capitan, N.M. and Micah Wheeler of Las Cruces, N.M., and her great-grandsons, Rafe and Cal Wold.

She is preceded in death by her husband.

A memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m. May 5, 2007, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1407 N. Second St. in Phoenix. Private interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Phoenix.

Donations may be made in memory of Joan Rogers to the American Parkinson Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, N.Y. 10305, or a charity of choice.

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