Cheryl Annette Elkins Rogers, age 74, passed away January 16, 2018, at her home in Abilene, Texas. A celebration of her life will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 19, at Southern Hills Church of Christ located at 3666 Buffalo Gap Road, Abilene. Visitation with the family will be at 3:00 p.m. at the church prior to the service. Burial will follow immediately at Elmwood Memorial Park at 5750 US Hwy 277 South under the direction of Elmwood Funeral Home.
Cheryl was born October 22, 1943, in Pasadena, California. She was the second of the three children born to John Marion Elkins and Ruby Norene Houser Elkins. She moved with her family to Abilene in 1957. She grew up in Abilene and was valedictorian of her class at Abilene Christian High School in 1961. Always the diligent scholar and worker, she worked at various jobs all through high school and college. Her most rewarding early work was at the Herald of Truth headquarters at Highland Church of Christ, 1961-1964. She graduated from Abilene Christian University in 1965 and immediately followed up her BS Ed with a MS Ed in 1966.
Cheryl married the love of her life, Don Charles Rogers, on June 5, 1964. They lived one year in Denver CO before returning to Abilene. They became the devoted parents of a son Scott Jeffrey and a daughter Christy Caron. Cheryl taught in the Abilene ISD at Reagan Elementary and Adult Education. It was in the Adult Ed setting that she found her professional calling. She was recognized by the Texas Education Agency as GED Chief Examiner of the Year in 1997. She was ever the calm, compassionate teacher, mentor and friend.
Life in the Rogers family changed forever on December 21, 1998, when Christy was killed in a car crash on icy roads. Physical infirmities due to injuries in an auto accident in 1974 and grief for her daughter made Cheryl’s life challenging. She held on through all the struggles and proclaimed God’s goodness.
Preceding Cheryl in death were her parents and her precious Christy.
Surviving her are her loving husband Don; her devoted son Scott of Abilene; her granddaughter Kirsten Rogers and Kirsten’s mother Rachel Rogers Modlin of League City TX; her brother Phil Elkins and his wife Norma of Altadena CA; her sister Jeanne Connel and her husband Mike of Tallmadge OH; her brother-in-law Floyd Rogers of Round Rock TX; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and many dear friends and colleagues.
Pall bearers will be Cheryl’s cousins, nieces and nephews:
Don Haile, Danny Haile, Max Haile, Ramon Haile, Randy Haile, Ricky Haile, Brian Haile, Charles Jaggars, Johnnie Harris—Cousins
Monica Elkins Jackura, Sydney Connel Long, Shelby Connel, Samantha Connel Luyster, Larisa Rogers Hansen, Lianna Rogers Monsey—Nieces
Todd Elkins, Nathan Elkins, Seth Connel--Nephews
Honorary pall bearers will be Marilyn Flournoy, Bernice Janda Jacobs, Shirley Jaggars Baber and Peggy Allen.
Memorial gifts may be sent to Minter Lane Mission Fund/ Memory of Christy Rogers, Minter Lane Church of Christ, 2426 Minter Lane, Abilene, TX 79603.
Memories may be shared and condolences submitted online at: www.elmwoodfuneral.com
My thoughts and prayers are for all of you at this difficult time.
Sharon PezzarossiAmarillo, TX
Dr. Hitchcock and I are so sorry for your loss! It was a true pleasure to have met you all!
Traci PhillipsSan Angelo, TX
Don and Scott,
I am so sorry to hear about Cheryl. I’m in Pennsylvania right now, but please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Linda CaseAbilene, TX
Don, we are so sorry about Cheryl. We won't see you tomorrow. You and yours are in our thoughts and prayers.
Sally and Dennis
Sally and Dennis BrewsterAbilene, TX
Prayers for your sweet family as you grieve Cheryl’s passing yet rejoice in her heavenly home where she will no longer suffer. Blessings and comfort to all
Kaye Price-HawkinsAbilene, TX