Norma Ellen (Erickson) Rogers, 85, died March 25 at her home in Elgin. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Elgin Church of the Nazarene, 11th and Birch. Arrangements are under the direction of Daniels Chapel of the Valley.
Mrs. Rogers was born Jan. 17, 1922, to Lawrence and Emma I. (Bickford) Hawes in La Grande. She graduated from La Grande High School and in 1941 married Manuel Erickson in Idaho. The marriage ended in divorce, and in 1947 she married Ernest Rogers in La Grande. He preceded her in death in 1992.
Mrs. Rogers worked first as a waitress and later as a certified nurses aide in a nursing home in Tacoma, Wash.
She returned to Union County in 1981. She was past president of the Eagles Auxiliary. She was an avid yard saler and enjoyed working in her flower garden, dancing and going to senior meals on the bus. In her later years she enjoyed sitting outside and watching the wildlife and animals.
Survivors include her sons, Fred Erickson of Elgin, Shannon Rogers of La Grande and Chuck Rogers of La Grande; siblings, Phyllis Hayter of Canby, Ruby Hohn of Arizona, Doris Goodin of Myrtle Creek, Kenneth Hawes of Portland and Ronald Hawes of Seattle; 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Rogers, and a son, Gary Erickson.
Memorials may be made to the Elgin Nazarene Church youth group in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.
The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending March 31, 2007 Published: March 31, 2007