Dorothy Adell Upshur-Rogers, was the second of five children of Jesse and Nellie Upshur. She departed this life on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.
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Dorothy was born on October 26, 1930 in Belle Haven, Virginia and raised in Hare Valley, Virginia. She loved to play with her siblings, Naomi Francis, Shirley Banister, Elizabeth Johnson, and Dr. Bernard Upshur and her cousins, Sarah Lee, Robert, and Edward. They often took trips together into town and to church. Living nearly one mile from New Allen Memorial AME Church, the family walked there every Sunday. At the age of thirteen Dorothy became a member of New Allen, following in the footsteps of her parents.
Dorothy was educated in the Northampton County school system. After graduation, she began working at the Northampton-Accomack Memorial, where she met K. C. Rogers. They were married on August 17, 1950. The marriage produced three children, Jacqueline, Valerie, and Keith. Motherhood enhanced her passion for sewing, cooking, and knitting. Her children praised her for making their clothes over the years, including an Easter suit for her youngest, Keith. Her expertise in sewing was not the only skill she possessed; her cooking was second to none. The fact that her father-in-law would only eat her lemon meringue pie spoke to her culinary accolades.
Dorothy’s definition of success meant hard work and dedication. She was infamous for keeping busy by simultaneously taking college level courses and working two jobs. She was a nurse’s aide at Northampton-Accomack Memorial Hospital for over twenty-years and a teacher’s assistant and library assistant at South Accomack Elementary School for over thirty years. She dedicated her summers to continue to educate children in the Summer Migrant Education program. Dorothy excelled in these positions, all while serving New Allen as the church clerk for thirty-five years.
Following her much deserved retirement, she remained active as a member of the Eastern Star, which she had been affiliated with for fifty-five years, serving as the Worthy Matron for two years. She was also a member of the highly regarded Women’s Organization. At New Allen, she was a member of the Steward Board, the Missionary Society, senior choir, and a class leader. Dorothy was also elected to serve as a delegate at the annual and district conferences.
In her spare time, she often played solitaire, completed crossword puzzles, and spent time with her grandchildren who emanated an abundance of radiance to their grandmother. There is no question that Dorothy Rogers’ willingness and dedication to her family, career, church, and the Lord’s work served as an inspiration to all.
Dorothy leaves behind her children, Jacqueline, Valerie, and Keith, Sr.; daughter-in-law, Wanda; grandchildren, Wayne, Erica, Robert, Keith, Jr., Jessica, and Brittany; great-grandchildren, Hayden and Mason; grandson-in-law, Marcus, granddaughter-in-law, Alicia; siblings, Shirley Banister and Dr. Bernard Upshur; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.