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Virginia Lea “Kinsey” Rogers, age 98, formerly of Howard County, Mo., quietly passed away on Nov. 9, 2013, from natural causes. She had a zest for life, a wonderful sense of humor and maintained a twinkle in her eye until the end of her life.

Virginia was a career teacher in Missouri, teaching high school and middle school students in the school districts of New Franklin, Fayette, Prairie Home and St. Joseph, Mo. She was more than a teacher and counselor for the young people she taught, she was also their friend. Many of these friendships continue to this day.

Virginia was born and raised in the small community of Whitham, Mo. She attended a one room school north of the farm where she grew up, transferring to Triplett High School and then to Central Methodist College, Fayette, Mo. When possible, Virginia attended classes at the University of Missouri to improve her teaching skills. She strongly believed that improving our educational system in this country was the answer to many of our social and economic challenges.

Virginia was a member of P.E.O., earning her 50 year pin, Eastern Star, AAUW, Delta Kappa Gamma professional teacher’s organization and the Missouri State Teachers Association.

She was the epitome of a kind, gentle non-judgmental person, while never shying away from expressing her opinion. She will join in death her late husband, Marshall R. Lee Rogers, known for his many years as a professional youth and family counselor in the Missouri State Juvenile Reformatory System, as well as leading a state-wide program for expanding employment through the SBA.

She is survived by two sons, Charles Bruce Rogers and Warner Kinsey Rogers and one daughter, Marsha Getto-Aikens; two grandsons, Jarin Russell Tabata and Jeremy Marshall Getto; one granddaughter, Virginia Ann Rogers; and two great-grandsons, Devon and Espen Tabata along with their mother, Alex Bradley Tabata.

Virginia was a strong life partner for her husband, and inspiring mother and a friend to everyone she met. She will be sorely missed.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., May 10, 2014 at the New Franklin United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in New Franklin. A light lunch will follow the services at the church basement.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Arrangements entrusted to Markland-Yager Funeral Home, New Franklin, Missouri.

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