Mary Ellen Rogers

A memorial visitation for Mary Ellen Rogers, 84, Lawrence, will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 17, 2021 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Inurnment will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence. Mary passed away on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at her home.

Mary was born on August 25, 1937 in Lawrence, KS, the daughter of Eugene and Geneva (White) Corel.

She was a special deputy for the Douglas County Sheriff’s office until she retired in April of 1998.

She was a member of the NALC Auxiliary, Friends Church and Clinton Church.

She married Bobby “Bob” Rogers on February 5, 1959 in Lawrence. He preceded her in death on December 29, 2017.

Survivors include her sons, Eric Rogers and wife, Kim; Rodney Rogers; daughter, Karen Rogers Noreen; two grandchildren, Haley Holdredge, Adam Noreen; and two sisters, Barbara McCoy and husband, Jim and Gay Clarkson and husband, Larry.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Mary’s name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

7 Condolences

  1. Rick & Paula Hawk on August 31, 2021 at 5:55 pm

    We were so very sad to hear of Aunt Mary’s passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We wish we could come back for the funeral.

  2. Marsha Henry Goff on September 2, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    Mary’s smile would light up a room and did the last time I saw her at a pre-Covid Perry Senior Citizen’s luncheon when Elvis (our classmate Bob Lockwood) was performing. Ray and I send our deepest sympathy to her family.

  3. Lori Blaylock on September 3, 2021 at 8:51 pm


    So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. My mom, Phyllis, said she was just thinking about your mom earlier this week. Your mom was made of honor in my mom’s wedding. Mary Ellen was 16 years old. You are all included in our prayers. Mom sends hugs to Barbara and Gay.

  4. B.D Kunc on September 5, 2021 at 9:51 am

    So sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. I enjoyed many times with Bob and Mary. She was a great friend and always a smile.

  5. Barbara Corel Mc coy on September 8, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    Barbara Jean, Mary Ellen, Gay Lynn, the three Corel GIRL’S that was us!
    Oh! the memories we have together, Lawrence was a wonder place to grow up!
    How very grateful I am for my Lawrence family and friends. Grandpa Corel had a big old oak porch swing (it’s still there) on the front porch of the farm house, if only it could talk!!
    Eric, Rodney, Karen OLD Uncle Jim and Aunt Barbara need a kiss (they say we are too old to travel) so your going to have to California for a rest. We’ll sit on Bob’s porch and reminisce for hours! God bless everyone Mary and Bob are at peace again and me have great memories of them. All is good with our Lord.

  6. Jamie Shew on September 17, 2021 at 10:38 am

    Mary was one of the “three amigos” who dedicated hours before each election as the advance board, her attention to detail was vital for that job. No matter how intense the election, we could always count on her laugh and smile to make our day, but she would also keep us on task and made sure her expectations were met. The County Clerk’s office will miss her and we are so glad to have had her in our lives.

    Jamie Shew and the rest of the Douglas County Clerk’s office.

  7. Ben Lampe on September 18, 2021 at 12:04 am

    Mary was a fierce spirit who, like Jamie, I got to know well in my time with the Election Office. Though I’ve relocated and left elections work behind, I appreciated her service and effort to Douglas County elections. My family and I send our sincere condolences.

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