Mildred Rogers was born in Prosper, Texas on October 28, 1918 to Irma and
Harmon Washburn. She was the oldest of five daughters who grew up on the
farm and worked
in the fields. She graduated from High School early and enrolled at Texas
College for Women in Denton, Texas. After graduating with a degree in
Education, she taught in a one room schoolhouse near Denton, worked in
the college cafeteria, and cleaned in the rooming house where she stayed
to help her sisters attend TCW. In the end all five sisters received degrees from TCW.
In 1939 Mildred married Ross Rogers, but only after paying off a loan she
had taken to complete a Master's Degree in Education. Before and after
WWII, due to Ross' work with the US Government, they eventually lived
in all 48 states, albeit for only a few weeks in some locations. During
WWII Mildred crossed the country 4
1/2 times driving alone in a 1939 Plymouth to meet Ross as he traveled to assignments
in the US and overseas. At each location she worked in government agencies
in support of the war effort. As a meteorologist in Denver, Co, she supplied
weather information to the pilot ferrying military aircraft from the East
Coast to the West Coast as they prepared to cross the Rocky Mountains.
Mildred took pride in pointing out that many of the pilots ferrying the
aircraft were women.
A promotion brought Ross and Mildred to Ft. Worth, Texas to buy their first
house and have two children, Paul and Jan. In 1950 a transfer to a different
agency of the government brought them to Tulsa, Ok, where they both lived
for the rest of their lives.
In Tulsa Mildred worked as a substitute teacher and volunteered with the
Cub Scouts and the Girl Scouts. She was a member of First Methodist Church
and active volunteer in all aspects of church life her favorites were
Destination Discovery, Meal on Wheels, and the Church Missions Board.
Destination Discovery is a tutoring service for at risk students and there she
was known as "The Bike Lady". She sought out donations of used
bikes, which were repaired and cleaned up to be given to children in the
program. She was also active in teaching adult literacy skills and she
volunteered for many years as a docent at Gilcrease Museum.
Ross and Mildred loved to travel. They went not only to the regular tourist
spots,but also less visited places, such as the Middle East, Russia, and
member states of the Communist Bloc. They traveled with the Elder Hostel
program, staying with families worldwide. Back in Tulsa they often hosted
people they had visited overseas and foreign students touring in the US.
Ross and Mildred moved to Methodist Manor where they lived for 25 years
and she became active in all areas of life in the Manor including playing
lots of bridge. A favorite volunteer job was managing the Annual Women's
Bazaar. She was also effective at recruiting family and friends as volunteers.
Mildred was preceeded in death by her husband Ross Rogers. She is survived
by: Her sister Vivian; Her son Paul Rogers, his wife Adrienne Rogers,
and daughter Allison Rains; Jan Magee and her husband David Magee, grandson
Bryan Byrd, his wife Andrea Byrd, and great grandsons Kaden and Troy;
Grandson Tyler Byrd, his wife Sunghe Byrd, and great granddaughters Jaylee
and Cherlyn; her grandson Chris Rogers, his wife Christy Rogers and granddaughters
Maya and Ella; grandson David Rogers and his wife Amy Rogers. Ever a champion
for the underdog and the underserved, Mildred is also survived by the
many whose lives she touched.
Memorial services are being held at Methodist Manor, Saturday at 2:00 p.m.,
4134 East 31st Street.