Marilee Hilton Rogers, born Sept. 12, 1939 to the late Hazel Lee and Lee Roy Hilton, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. She was 74 years young and had a zest for life.
A memorial service with the Rev. Ted Welty officiating will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Philips Episcopal Church with graveside to follow in the City Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Herrington /Land of Memory Funeral Home on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Marilee is survived by her daughter, Melinda Lee Seibel and her husband Charles, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and locally, by her son, Jack Christopher (Chris) Rogers and his wife Toni; nephew, Bill Gray and his wife Karen; devoted friend, Bobby Boyd; and a favorite aunt, Erma Meador of Jacksonville, Texas.
She remains beloved Nana to Charles Christopher Seibel of Oklahoma City, Okla., Amanda Seibel Patterson, and her husband, Sgt. Anthony Patterson and their daughters Kierstyn and Kenzie, of Ansbach, Germany; Christine Seibel Dressel and her husband, Toby of Huntsville, Alabama; Rebecca Ann Rogers of Palestine; Alice Rogers Simien and her husband, Jon and their three children, Izabel, Daimean and Elan, of Dallas,; and Jack William Rogers of Spring, Texas.
After losing her father at the age of 11, Marilee realized the importance of independence and the strength behind education. After graduation from Palestine High School in 1957 she attended the University of Houston on full academic scholarship. She married the late Jack W. Rogers in 1958 and raised her children and was a generous servant in our community during his political career as mayor of Palestine. She was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, a past member of Pionette Garden Club and the Palestine Jr. Service League.
She loved The Lord and she loved her church. She was a member of St. Philips Episcopal Church and was an active servant as a member of The Daughters of the King and the Alter Guild. She was a Layreader, Chalicer, Server, and Community of Hope Lay Chaplain.