Edna Mary Rodgers passed away peacefully at home at the age of 92 on March 31, 2019. Edna’s childhood began in 1926 in pre-WWII Nottingham, England. She was one of three girls raised by her widowed mother, Daisy Tomlinson. As a teen she spent many hours in bomb shelters to survive the German blitzkrieg. After the war, her oldest sister Joan married an American paratrooper from North Platte, Nebraska. While visiting her sister in North Platte, Edna met Leslie Dale Rodgers whom she married on April 18, 1949. Dale’s work as a chemical engineer took them to Kansas City, Missouri, where their daughter Terry was born and then to Omaha, Nebraska, were their son Jeff was born. After a few years of living and working in Marietta, Georgia and Ogallala, Nebraska, the family moved to Columbus, Nebraska, where Edna and Dale lived and worked until they retired. While in Columbus, Edna worked as the activities director for a local nursing home and was so beloved by the community that she was honored as citizen of the year when she retired. After retiring, Edna and Dale briefly lived in Lander, Wyoming, until moving to Victor in 1992 to be near their daughter, four grandchildren, and eventually 11 great-grandchildren. She loved her family and was very devoted to her mother whom she brought over from England and cared for until Daisy passed away at the age of 98. Edna was a member of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Hamilton and was an enthusiastic volunteer for both the church and Marcus Daily Hospital. During the last decade of her life, Edna was lovingly cared for by her son-in-law, John Harrington, who began assisting both Dale and Edna after the passing of Terry in 2009. Edna’s husband, Dale, passed away in 2012. In addition to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Enda is survived by her son, Jeff, who lives in Corvallis, Oregon. Everyone who met Edna fell in love with her wonderful laugh and friendly demeanor that she maintained regardless of what life brought her way. She will be missed by all who knew her.
The family will be having a private celebration of Edna’s life in May.