Obituary of Lela Jean Rogers

Lela Jean Rogers, age 93, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Monday, March 4, 2019, at the Medicalodge of Ft. Scott.

She was born December 21, 1925, in Kincaid, Kansas, the daughter of Elias Hardy Garrison and Jessie Mae Wolfe Garrison.  Her father died when Jean was a child and she was raised by her aunt and uncle Hattie and Audley Bradley.

Jean graduated from the Blue Mound High School with the Class of 1943.  She later attended beauty school in Topeka.

She married Thomas A. Rogers on July 1, 1946, at Iola.  Tom and Jean farmed in the Blue Mound area until 1969 when they moved to Ft. Scott.

Jean worked at the Western Insurance Company as a data coder until her retirement in 1984.

Jean later moved to Cavalry Crossing Apartments where she enjoyed serving as chauffeur to her friends.  She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Jean was a member of the First United Methodist Church and in later years, attended the Community Christian Church.

Survivors include her three children; Tom Rogers and wife, Charlene, of Grain Valley, Missouri, Jeanette Beckford and husband, Andy, of Sandston, Virginia and Harold Rogers and wife, Linda, of Ft. Scott; eight grandchildren, Shelley Rogers O’Brien, Katie McMullen, Kelly Doyle, Kim Morrison, Melissa Carter, Megan Lamb, Austin Rogers and Andrew Rogers; and twelve great-grandchildren.

 Her husband, Tom, preceded her in death on October 20, 1997.  She was also preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Garrison, and two sisters, Margie Garrison, who died in infancy and Marie Yeargan.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, March 7th at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the Memory Gardens Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Thursday from 9:30 A.M. until service time at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

  Memorials are suggested to Integrity Hospice and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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