Mary Joann “Jody”
Rogers passed peacefully from this life on Dec. 27, 2019, surrounded by her loving family and caregivers at Butterfly Wing Hospice in Baton Rouge, La. She was 89. Jody was born Nov. 14, 1930 in St. Joseph, Mo., to Joseph and Vera Ray. She attended the University of Missouri, was a member of Alpha Phi Sorority and it was there she met and married the love of her life William “Bill” Rogers III. They settled in Athens in 1952 and began raising a family. Besides her family, she had many favorite things: the theatre, reading, cooking, tai chi, family vacations, dancing and of course, bridge with friends. She was an active member of Keith Memorial United Methodist Church, a volunteer at E.G. Fisher Public Library and a docent at the Cedar Key Museum in Cedar Key, Fla. One of her greatest joys was Wm. Rogers Fine Gifts — her remarkable shop of beautiful things located on the square in the historic Robert E. Lee Hotel. Jody is survived by her sister, Bonnie Plesko of Pontiac, Ill.; three children, Leslie (Jeffery) Greene of Baton Rouge, La., William (Arlene) Rogers III of Athens, and Mary (Bruce) Marshall of Waianae, Hawaii; four grandchildren, Michelle Davis and Danielle Gold, Major William “Zac” Hollifield and Rachel Marshall; two great-grandchildren; and several step-grandchildren. Her parents, husband and one child, Joseph “Joey,” preceded her in death. Cremation rites will be accorded and a memorial service in Athens will be announced at a later date. Memorials in Jody’s name may be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Livingston and McLean Counties, Ill., E.G. Fisher Public Library, or any hospice facility of choice.