Elaine Turley Rogers passed away on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. Services were held June 24 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Joseph City. Internment was in the Joseph City Cemetery. She was born on May 11, 1930, in Woodruff to Charles H. and Elizabeth Ann Hunt Turley. She grew up in Woodruff. Elaine married Orson W. Rogers on Feb. 9, 1949, in the Mesa Temple of the LDS church. They raised their family in Joseph City. She was a faithful, bright and active woman. In high school she was a student officer, a leader in clubs and organizations, and a member of the highly regarded Holbrook High School Drum and Bugle Corps. She enjoyed family history, music, sports, plays, old movies–especially musicals–puzzles and games. She served in the PTA. She gave dedicated service to her church, with many years in the Primary organization and as a ward Relief Society president. She could always be counted on when a compassionate service need arose. Elaine excelled at the art of homemaking. She would rather read a cookbook than a novel. Following her mother’s example, she could never let anyone go hungry. She was well known for her brownies, cinnamon rolls, pies and jellies. She was an excellent seamstress, making most of her own and her children’s clothes for many years. She crocheted, quilted and made rugs. She welcomed her family and their friends into her home with warmth and care. She had infinite patience and a good sense of humor. Her last years were difficult as Alzheimer’s took its terrible toll. But even near the end she wanted to come home and help with the garden or make sure everyone had something to eat. Survivors include her devoted husband of 65 years, Orson W. Rogers; her children, Sandra, George Charles (Sue Ann) and William Dale (Merlin); her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her brother, Frank L. Turley; her sisters, Alma T. Heaton and Verdell T. Button; and many other loved ones and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Charles M. and Norman H. Turley. Norvel Owens Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of the arrangements.
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