Mary Elizabeth Rogers (Beth), 64, of Hazen, passed away in her home on September 19, 2017 surrounded by her family. Beth, lovingly known by many, especially her grandchildren, as Bea, fought a brave and courageous battle with glioblastoma, stage IV brain cancer before, finally going to her eternal home.
Beth was born on August 29, 1953 to Al and Mary Moss of Stuttgart AR. She grew up in Stuttgart and graduated from Stuttgart High School in 1971. She attended college at Arkansas State University earning a degree in Radio/TV Journalism. It was at ASU that she met her husband of 42 years, Bobby Rogers. She also went on to earn a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a Masters in Library Science from the University of Central Arkansas.
Beth made her home in Hazen, AR where she taught school for 28 years. She loved being the elementary school librarian and had a special love of books especially childrens’ books. Beth was also the County Librarian for 4 years and served on the Prairie County Library Board for 16 years. She was charter member Town and Country Civic Club and also a faithful member of the Etta Doss Circle.
Beth loved reading, knitting, traveling, cooking (even cleaning), and could bake the best Lemon Meringue Pie in Prairie County. Beth loved Bill Clinton and any excuse to organize; she even put her spices in ABC order. She also loved music, especially George Strait, Bruno Mars, and The Beatles. Her biggest love of all though was her family, especially her children and grandchildren.
Beth was preceded in death by her parents; Al and Mary Moss.
She is survived by her husband Bobby, son Andy (Hollie) Rogers of Rogers, AR, daughter Amanda (Michael) Keith of Little Rock, AR, five grand children, Reese, Sydney, and Alex Rogers, Caroline and Collin Keith and another grandson due in October, her brother Bill (Julie) Moss of Newport, nephew Beau (Sarah) Moss of Newport, and niece Jenny (Eric) Brungart of Dallas, TX, and her two faithful friends who never left her side, Vicki Skarda and Monica Lisko.
Visitation will be Thursday, September 21 at Westbrook Funeral Home from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Funeral services will be Friday, September 22 at 10 a.m. at Hazen First United Methodist Church with Rev. Deanna McCormack, Rev. Glenn Harris, and Rev. Christian VanHouten officiating. Interment will be at Hazen Cemetery immediately following the service.
Pallbearers are Seth Skarda, Clay Clayton, Josh VanHouten, Bobby Rogers, Andy Rogers, and Michael Keith.
Honorary Pallbearers are Brad Caviness, John Cook, Brian Cress, Hollis Foster, John Gerety, Eddie McMullen, Danny Meins, Paul Miller, Beau Moss, Terry Murphy, Jimmy Nosler, Glenn Rega, Randy Joe Skarda, Ross Skarda, and Bobby Wofford.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Felicia Minor, who cared for and loved Beth in her last months of life, Baptist Hospice Care, Freida Isbell, as well as UAMS and Dr. Shirley Ong, who helped her fight this disease and gave exceptional care.
The family requests memorial be sent to Hazen Public Library P.O. Box 428 Hazen, AR 72064.