Blanche Rogers, 89, a resident of Payson since 2005, died Feb. 27, 2008. Mrs. Rogers moved to Payson after living in Mesa, Ariz. for 48 years, and previously from Miami, Ariz., where she had lived since 1924. She was born in Santa Rita, N.M. on May 20, 1918.
Mrs. Rogers was employed by the Maricopa County Health Department in Phoenix and Mesa Lutheran Hospital until her retirement in 1983. She will long be remembered for her artistic talents in oils and pastels. She was a member of the George W. P. Hunt Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.), Gilbert, Ariz.
She is survived by her daughters, Phyllis Rogers Martin, Payson, and Judy Elizabeth (Phil) White of Payson; sisters Elizabeth Zache, Miami, Ariz., and Mary Lee Wideau of Homedale, Idaho; six grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great grandchildren, in addition to nine first cousins and more than 30 nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry J. Rogers; her parents, John McCune Thompson and Mary Adelia Anderson; brothers Jack, James and Edward; sisters Betty Jo and Margaret; two great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 4 at Messinger Funeral Home, 302 W. Aero Dr., Payson. Burial services will be in the City of Mesa Cemetery, 1212 N. Center St., Mesa, at 3 p.m. the same day.
Mrs. Rogers' family would like to thank RTA Hospice in Payson for their kindness and care these past five weeks. The family requests memorial donations to the Payson Humane Society, P.O. Box 242, Payson, AZ 85547 or RTA Hospice, 511 S. Mud Springs Road, Payson, AZ 85541.