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Frances Leone Pattillo Rogers
On July 22, 1924 Frances was born to Marie (Fitterer) and Thomas B. Pattillo in Cle Elum, WA. She was the third of four children, sister to Tom Jr. and Mary, and her younger sister Patricia. Their father's work took him from home and Jesus took their mother at a young age so the children were raised in Ellensburg at the home of their grandparents, Frank and Margaret Fitterer, who were known as Mom and Dad for many happy years. As a young lady we picture Frances growing up amidst the many relatives of the Pattillos and the Fitterers, a member of St. Andrews parish, attending Lourdes Academy and Ellensburg High School (class of '42) and attending Central Washington Normal School, living, loving and singing in the Blanchard-Pattillo quartet. Frances and her cohorts came of age during the tumultuous years of World War II.
Frances married her man Mickey Rogers in the midst of the war torn years. He was a decorated Marine pilot in the war but returned to start their family in Ellensburg. Making their lives in post war America, Mickey was a banker who stayed in the Marine Air Reserves for almost 30 years. Frances was a homemaker and mother to 9 children. She was known for her many roles in Ellensburg including that of a Camp Fire Leader.
In 1962 Frances moved her 8 children with number 9 on the way in the now famous Ford Falcon wagon to Las Vegas when Mickey was promoted to bank manager. As her children came and went into puberty and beyond they hung on and never gave up. Many happy outings with everyone in tow were spent at Lake Mead, Red Rock Canyon and Mount Charleston. The couple moved back to Washington State in 1966 with most of the children still at home. After a short time in Bellevue they moved to Montesano for a few short years leaving behind more children as they came of age. In 1969 they returned to Ellensburg. Although Ellensburg would remain their ancestral home they again following Mickey's banking career moving this time to settle in Bothell, WA. There Frances was an active member of St. Brendan's Parish and member of the Franciscans. Her children all living in the state of Washington would come and go from the home she kept wherever she kept it. The family gatherings were large and boisterous on the holidays as children begat children and soon great-grandchildren.
After Mickey's retirement the couple moved back to Ellensburg in 2000 where they resided for their remaining years. 22 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren later they celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary in February of 2014. Mickey passed away in June at ninety three. Frances held on past her 90th birthday last July. She struggled with all the problems of being human in the 20th century but was taken in the end as the ravages of Parkinson's removed her control of the physical world. It only strengthened her hold on the spiritual world. She joined her man again on December 27, 2014 together in the loving arms of Jesus.
She is preceded in death by her husband Colonel William Witt (Mickey) Rogers, Jr. USMCR Ret., her father Thomas B. Pattillo, her mother Marie Anne Pattillo and many aunts and uncles whom she loved very much. She is survived by her sister Mary Louise Williams and all her children, her brother Thomas B Pattillo, Jr. and all his children, her sister Patricia Strauhal and all her children, and all of Fran and Mickey's children; Susan (Daniel) Browne, Dean (Brenda) Rogers, Marie (Joel) Smith, Patricia (Cary) Schurr, William W. "Bill" (Ping) Rogers 3rd, Michael (Dottie) Rogers, Frances Blackett, Paul (Michelle) Rogers, Ronda Molleker, 22 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
A mass will be held at St. Andrew Catholic Church on Saturday January 10, 2015 at 11:00 followed by a reception at the church. All friends and family are invited to share in this woman's incredible life.
Donations may be made to Hospice Friends in Ellensburg, WA.