Madellon (Nana) Rogers passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 25, 2020 at the age of 97. She was born in Salem, South Carolina the second of five children to Thomas and Ella Mae Holcombe but lived most of her life in Cashiers, North Carolina.
She was proceeded in death by her husband of 55 years, John Lee Rogers, her son Robert A.(Tony) Rogers, daughters Sandra Talley and Wanda Rogers and two grandchildren Kelly (Talley) Munger and Conda Lee Burrell. She is survived by her daughters, Betty Galloway (Ted), Mary James (Jeff), and Johnnie Sue Frady along with eleven grandchildren, twenty-two great grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren.
She loved flowers, birds, sewing, reading, and cleaning. But more than anything else she loved her family. She was a strong Christian and always kept her bible close at hand.
She grew up during the depression and could do more with less than anyone you would ever meet. A tireless worker, she earned her living cleaning summer homes until she was eighty-five when she fell and broke her pelvis. After her forced retirement she spoke often about how much she missed working.
She was a true southern lady and like most of the women of her generation she was very conscious of appearances, always well-mannered and presenting a neat and tidy appearance in her clean and well pressed clothes. She was always stylish so even though she suffered from foot pain, she refused to wear what she deemed “ugly old people” shoes.
Up until a month or two before her death she did her own laundry, cleaned her own home, took out her garbage and ironed every piece of clothing she wore. Remarkably even though she never used hair dye her hair never turned completely gray.
Her body may have been 97 but her heart was still the heart of a young woman. She never thought of herself as old. Instead of admitting she might be growing old, she would say she was “slowing down.” (Although her version of slowing down made the rest of us appear to be standing still.)
She told great stories about her youth that brought laughter and tears to the listeners. She knew joy and sorrow and lived a full and purpose driven life. She was well loved and well thought of by all who knew her.
We her family and friends, will miss her patience, her kindness, her humor, her devotion to her family and her quiet but steadfast presence in our lives. We are proud to have known her and blessed to have loved and been loved by her. She leaves behind an enduring legacy that we will treasure, always.
Her family would like to thank the Eckerd Living Center in Highlands for the wonderful care our mother received in the last months of her life. Knowing she was well cared for helped to ease some of the pain of losing her.
Funeral Services are being handled by Bryant-Grant Funeral Home & Crematory. In lieu of flowers please send donations in memory to the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers, NC.
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