The Oklahoman

Anne Sutton Rodgers


OKLAHOMA CITY - If you are reading this - I left this world to join Father God and Blessed Savior Jesus Christ and loved ones in Heaven. I know this is true because Jesus Christ is my personal Lord and Savior. The Bible says it, I believe it, and that settles it.

I was born Anne Sutton in Tulsa, OK. My parents were Dr. Frank and Frances Sutton. We lived in Shawnee, but four years later, we moved to Missouri where I lived in many towns including Sedalia, St Charles, Jennings, Clarence, Versailles, Wright City, and Elsberry, where I graduated High School in 1953 and claim as my hometown (1951 - 1958). During my 11-years Public School, went to 8 different schools. In 1958, I married Conrad Rodgers (d. 2004) and then had two children, Beth and Ken, while living in St. Louis and Maryland Heights where I worked for McDonnell Aircraft as a secretary and later at Maryland Heights Pharmacy as Assistant Manager. After moving to Union, I was Secretary to the Superinten­dent and Secretary to the Board of Education, Union Public Schools (1969 - 1976) before moving to the Oklahoma City metro area in late 1981.

The last 22 years of my career I was an Inventory Management Specialist at Tinker Air Force Base, retiring as a lead GS-11 in 2005. I thank God for that time as it was at TAFB I met many wonderful friends including my special friend and beloved companion Joe Esquivias, Joyce Talley-Forsyth, Jo Jones, Rachel and LB Hall, and a host of others who have made such a difference in my life.

I never quite decided what I wanted to be when I grew up so starting in 1979, I spent 17 years in night college while working my day jobs including at CMI and then Tinker AFB I earned a Master’s degree in Consumer Economics (OSU - 1986,) Bachelor’s in Journalism/minor in Business Administra­tion (Central State College -1984). I earned multiple Associate degrees at Rose State College over the years. I also earned 10 hours toward a Doctorate in Education (OSU 1986-87) before calling it quits in academia due to circumstan­ces beyond my control. Due to the Journalism major, I was a by-line stringer for The Daily Oklahoman, 1984 to 1987.

At McLoud, OK - I worshiped the Lord the First Assembly of God Church since 1982. At Norman - (past) member of Eastern Star and Order of the Amaranth.

Oklahoma City - Since beginning my chapter in 2004, I was Queen of the Rambling Rose Red Hats. Also, a member of Red Hatters of Oklahoma, and the Sunshine Gals. I became an Ambassador in the Red Hat Society in 2017.

Other activities include OKIES for Elvis, Oklahoma Fans for Elvis, Larkspur Garden Club, and (past) member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Now Master Gardener Emeritus – I became a MG at OSU County Extension in 2004.

I also volunteere­d at Woodson Park Senior Center and for RSVP, formerly at Traveler’s Aid at Will Rogers World Airport, Oklahoma County DA Office, and Contact Crisis Line.

Hobbies: Gardening, playing Pinochle, and Garage Sales. Survived by my special friend and beloved companion, Joe Esquivias, dear grandson, Jay R. Francis, and Kyla, Keirstyn, and Natalie, Shawnda Rodgers widow of Geddy Rodgers, Ean and Westyn, dear cousin Tony Alexander and Sue, 3 other granddaugh­ters, 5 great-grands, 5 nieces and families, two siblings, and many other friends and relatives. Also, my precious fur babies, Lovie and Princess Sweetie Pie

Preceded by my parents, husband Conrad, daughter Beth, son Ken and his wife Dana, and grandsons, Geddy Rodgers and Tony Rodgers (both gone too soon – too young), as well as many other friends and relatives.

Memorial service will be Saturday, September 4 at 4:00. Viewing Friday, September 3, from 4:00-8:00, both will be located at the John Ireland Funeral Home at 120 S. Broadway in Moore.

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