Lillian Lorene Rogers – known to her family and friends as “Corkey”, passed away peacefully in Blue Springs, Missouri on November 7, 2021 at the age of 93.
She was born in Pittsburg, Kansas on September 8, 1928 to Otis Eugene and Mary Ardiathe Evans. She attended Roosevelt Senior High School in Pittsburg, KS where she enjoyed school along with extracurricular activities including, basketball, art club, GAC (Girls Athletic Club) and working on the yearbook. She worked for Dr. Smith in Pittsburg, Kansas for many years and this is where she found her passion for helping others. She later worked for Sears Roebuck and Company in Kansas City, MO.
Corkey married her childhood sweetheart and love of her life, Raymond Glenn Rogers on Flag Day – June 14, 1947. They were married for over 70 wonderful years and raised six children:
Raymond Glenn Rogers II (Thelma) – Odessa, MO
Beckey Lynn Cavalieri (Ted Andrews) – Topeka, KS
Mary Beth Circello (Steve) – Lee’s Summit, MO
Lorie Ann Whitlow (Chip) – Lee’s Summit, MO
Carla Jean Beeman (Gary) – Lee’s Summit, MO
Patrick Evans Rogers (Karen) – Fort Worth, TX
Corkey was blessed with 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband (Raymond Rogers), her parents (Otis and Ardiathe Evans), her sister (Betty Rogers), one grandson (Raymond Rogers III) and one great-grandson (Thomas Keeler Tarnow).
Corkey’s talents were many, she was an accomplished seamstress sewing for her family as well as making clothing for needy children with the non-profit, Mutual Help. She also enjoyed sewing Raggedy Ann and Andy’s as well as many other stuffed animals for her children and grandchildren. She was an incredible cook and cake decorator. She was proud to make the wedding cakes for her children and grandchildren’s weddings. She was extremely creative and artistic and had an exceptional knack for decorating. She was the PTA president for Marlborough Elementary in Kansas City, MO and volunteered countless hours helping children at the school. Corkey also loved to go camping and fishing at Grand Lake in Oklahoma.
Family meant everything to Corkey. She was very proud of her family and took great pride in taking care of her husband, children and grandchildren. She had a bright, witty and energetic personality and was known for her ability to sense when people needed her help. She touched many lives with her generosity and passion for life.
The family would like to express our sincere appreciation for the care given by Benton House of Blue Springs and Faith Hospice. The funeral will be held at Langsford Funeral Home – 115 SW 3rd St., Lee’s Summit, MO. on Thursday, November 11,2021 at 11:00 AM – Visitation at 10:00 AM.