CHARLESTON, IL – Madonna Mae Rogers, age 89, peacefully passed away to her Heavenly Home on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 while at Heartland Senior Living in Neoga. A Private Family Graveside Service will be held at the Ashmore Cemetery in Ashmore, Illinois with Richard Vail officiating. Memorials in her honor may be made to Heartland Senior Living and mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, Illinois 61920.
Dona, as she was affectionately known, was born August 14, 1930 in Beecher City, Illinois, a daughter of the late George and Mamie Bryan (Hunt) Holmes. She married Denny Rogers on December 23, 1949 and they became the parents of four children. Left to cherish their many wonderful memories are her children, Gary Rogers and wife Lisa of Effingham, Illinois, Pamela Collins and husband Randy, Debby Way and husband Steve, and Keeley Rogers and wife Jill, all of Charleston. She is also blessed with eight grandchildren, Talia (Vince) Watkins, Ted (Samantha) Rogers, Jennifer (Jim) Sledge, Christopher (Katie) Collins, Shane Way, Mandy (Nathaniel) White, Breanna (Bryce) Yantis and Dirk Bennett; soon to be eleven great-grandchildren, Remy and Evyn Watkins, Peyton and Drew Sledge, Aiden and Brady Collins, Emsley and Ollie White, Dylen and Kenzie Way, and baby Yantis on the way; and a sister-in-law, Alice Holmes of Charleston. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by four brothers, George Jr., John, Charlie, and Elmer Holmes; and her sister, Margarette Brady.
Dona was a graduate of Beecher City High School. She was employed for a time with Kuehne Furniture and General Electric, both of which were located in Mattoon. For the most part, she prided herself in being a homemaker and was self employed as an in-home daycare provider. She was a kind and generous woman whose deep and abiding faith was the foundation for her life. She was a longtime member of First Christian Church in Charleston and in her later years attended Home Church (formerly Salisbury) with family.
Dona was extremely quiet by nature and was definitely a homebody. Her greatest joys were her family and also liked activities such as baking, sewing, working puzzles, playing an occasional game of cards, tobogganing in the winter and taking long walks in the summer. She was known to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as “Nana” and her door as well as her heart was always open to them. She was greatly loved and will be dearly missed.
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