Published: Wednesday, June 7th, 2006
Thelma Rogers, 96, of Melrose died Thursday, June 1, 2006, in Rowlett, Texas. Born to O. J. and Fannie Bell Awtrey on Sept. 12, 1909, in Haslet, Texas, she moved to Melrose at the age of 10 with her parents and one sister, Edna. She resided in Melrose all her life until she moved to Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis in December of 2001. In December 2004, she moved to Rowlett, Texas, where she was loved and cared for by her granddaughters in their assisted living home. Family members said she loved her family and her church. She was the longest living member of the United Methodist Church in Melrose where she taught Sunday school for many years and was an active member of United Methodist Women. She was village clerk for the village of Melrose for 31 years. Her hobbies were cooking, gardening and quilting, her family said. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harvey Sprinkle, in 1930 and second husband, Lee Rogers, in 1982; her parents; one son, Harvey Paul Sprinkle; and her sister, Edna Sullins. She is survived by a daughter, Ginger Pack (and husband, Howard) of Melrose; seven grandchildren, Deborah (Jerry) Gelbrich of Los Angeles, Pam Clinger of Flagstaff, Ariz., Mike Sprinkle (Sandi) of Mesa, Ariz., Jana Alexander, Sharon Polk (Richard) and Jay Pack (Roxanne), all of Garland, Texas, and Kayla Alexander (Charles) of Rowlett; 20 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be her grandsons and great-grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be Grady Bright, Bob Bennett, Montey Welsh, Doyle Christesson, Hank Jordan, Ernest Riley, J. L. Wall, Stanley Campbell, Don Sullivan, Ray Hester, and her friends and neighbors in Melrose. Rev. Danny Sanders and Rev. Durward Wofford will officiate services. Burial will follow at Melrose Cemetery, Melrose, New Mexico. Arrangements are by Steed-Todd Funeral Home.
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