Mildred D. “Cookie” Rogers
February 29, 1928 – March 6, 2019
Age 91 (Leap Year age, 22 ¾). She passed gently at the wonderful Bickford Assisted Living at 113th & Blondo, where she received unconditional love. She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Elizabeth (Garls) Hurd, immigrants from Sweden and Germany; husband, Robert J. Rogers; grandson, Tomas. She is survived by children: Diane Rozgay, Edward Spencer, Nancy Spencer, and Eric Spencer; grandchildren: Jenifer and Max, Edward, Ken, and Kim Spencer; ten great-grandchildren.
After graduating from North High School, Cookie began Nursing training and married Edward “Pete” Spencer (deceased). After nursing, she sold Avon, Tupperware and Toy Parties, and made and taught ceramics. As a talented seamstress, she made her own draperies. Soon clients started to find her, and she branched out to be a great interior decorator. She was the decorator for Heafey Hoffmann Dworak Cutler Mortuary before the fire. The mortuary sent her huge poinsettias every year that made the holidays special for her.
In the early days of her decorating career, she met her second husband, Robert J. Rogers. He made her life wonderful, and together they raised her son, Eric Spencer, and Robert’s sons, Robert Jr. and Charles.
Cookie joined the American Sewing Guild and enjoyed making preemie and cancer hats for children. She was a Girl Scout Leader/Supervisor for Job’s Daughters Bethel #1; past Matron for the Narcissus Chapter; and past Queen for Satra Temple #59 Daughters of the Nile. The Lord must need her energy—love you, Mom!
The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 10th from 3pm to 5pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by Daughters of the Nile Service at 5pm. Funeral: Monday, March 11th at 10:30am, West Center Chapel. Interment, Evergreen Memorial Park. Memorials will be directed by the family.