LaWanda Henley Rogers
April 7, 1947  -  February 23, 2018

LaWanda Henley Rogers


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Elmwood Funeral Home
5750 HWY 277 South
Abilene, TX  79606
Monday, February 26, 2018
10:00 - 11:00 AM
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Gravesisde Funeral Service
Elmwood Memorial Park
5750 HWY 277 South
Abilene, TX  79606
Monday, February 26, 2018
11:00 AM
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Elmwood Memorial Park
5750 HWY 277 South
Abilene, TX  79606
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LaWanda Henley Rogers, 70 passed away February 23, 2018 in Abilene. Visitation for family and friends will be 10:00 AM, Monday, February 26, 2018 at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Hwy 277 South. A graveside funeral service will follow at 11:00 AM, Monday at Elmwood Memorial Park.

LaWanda was born April 7, 1947 in Abilene to parents, John H Henley, Sr and Alta Marie Lawlis Henley. She grew up and then graduated in 1965 from Abilene High School. She worked for numerous businesses in the accounts payable and the payroll departments. She was currently employed by Lone Star Truck Group/Corley Wetsel Freightliner, where she was the warranty manager for 17+ years.

LaWanda married Kenneth Dale Rogers on April 20, 1968, at University Baptist Church, Abilene, Texas. They made their home in Clyde, Texas, where they resided for 29 years, before moving to Abilene. They welcomed their only child, Ann Marie, in December of 1976. LaWanda loved being a mother; room mom, chauffeur, or supervising the swimmers in her backyard; she did it all. She loved to travel and make memories with her family, from Walt Disney World to Las Vegas and everything in between; she enjoyed every minute.

She was a “doer” and “go getter.” If there were things to be done, parties to plan, or tasks to be checked off a to do list; you wanted LaWanda to be the one to help. If LaWanda couldn’t complete the task at hand; it’s likely the task was unattainable in the first place. If the task was possible to be done, she would take care of it. If it was on sale or could be done cheaper, she would definitely strike a bargain to attain a better deal.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John H. Henley, Sr. & Alta Marie Lawlis Henley; and her brother, John H. Henley, Jr.

LaWanda is survived by her husband, Kenneth D. Rogers; her daughter, Ann Marie Smith and husband, Jason; three grandchildren, Kendell LeeAnn Foreman, Garet Smith, and Travis Smith; and close family friends, the Gallagher’s of Clyde, Texas

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial donations in LaWanda’s honor to a charity of your choice or Bryce Kennedy Memorial, Inc. PBM 163, 2438 Industrial Blvd; Abilene, Texas 79605; www.brycekennedymemorial.org

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  1. Chloanne Cole (Henley) Davis
    Mount Vernon, TX

    LaWanda was a very special cousin of mine. We always went to visit her family when we would come to the States from Mexico when I was a child. Ann and Ken, I will continue to pray for you, LaWanda will always be missed! She was and is such a wonderful person!!
    Love, Chloanne

  2. Donna Greaves
    Abilene, TX

    What a beautiful lady and picture. I was so sorry to read about your loss. I know this is hard to understand, but I also know there are plenty of people praying for your family. Take heart in the blessing prayer brings to you. I am unable to attend the service. Please know that I will be thinking of your family. Donna Greaves

  3. Pat Jennings Thompson
    Frisco, TX

    LaWanda, you will be missed, my long-time friend!

  4. Emilio
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    I offer my sincere condolences to your family during this difficult time. Continue to lean upon family and friends for support. God gives us comfort and hope at 2 Corinthians 1:3,4 and Revelation 21:4 when we mourn during occasions like these. May you find the peace and strength needed to endure the days ahead.

  5. Sue Bicknell Ball
    Abilene, TX

    My heart aches for your loss and for our loss (AHS class of 1965). She was the glue that held us together. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her and loved her.

  6. Donna Greaves
    Abilene, TX

    What a beautiful lady and picture. I was so sorry to read about your loss. I know this is hard to understand, but I also know there are plenty of people praying for your family. Take heart in the blessing prayer brings to you. I am unable to attend the service. Please know that I will be thinking of your family. Donna Greaves

  7. Etta Campbell Risley
    Austin, TX

    LaWanda’s family deepest sympathies for your loss. I haven’t seen LaWanda in many years but seen her obituary in the Abilene paper while in Abilene visiting my Mom. Thoughts and prayers for the family.

  8. Roy and Kay Paulk
    Amarillo, TX

    So sorry for your loss Kenneth. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family

  9. Anne (McNeil) Reno
    Abilene, TX

    Ken and Anne, I am so sorry about LaWanda’s passing. I love you and I’m praying for your comfort and peace. I hope I’ll be able to come to the visitation, but I wanted to make sure you knew that I’m thinking of send praying for you all.
    Love,Anne

  10. Winford Hogan
    Rockaway Beach,, MO

    Our prayers are for your family at this time.

  11. Anita Chapman
    clyde, TX

    My prayers are with you and your family during this trying time.

  12. Donna Greaves
    Abilene, TX

    What a beautiful lady and picture. I was so sorry to read about your loss. I know this is hard to understand, but I also know there are plenty of people praying for your family. Take heart in the blessing prayer brings to you. I am unable to attend the service. Please know that I will be thinking of your family. Donna Greaves

  13. Judy Wilson Spiller
    Tuscola, TX

    So very sorry Kenneth, Ann, family and many many friends for your loss. LaWanda’s faith, fun, and loyalty will always be remembered. What a happy legacy to leave us all. Love to y’all. Judy.

  14. Donald Rutledge
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    Kenneth and Annie Freckles, I am so sorry for your loss! I am unable to attend the service, but want you to know my thoughts and prayers are with you!
    Donald Rutledge

  15. JoAnne Glantz
    Abilene, TX

    She always made me smile and just luved talking with her. When I fell ill and was in the hospital she there and always checked in on me even when I returned back to work... Lonestar Truck is like my family and she was my "crazy" Aunt who you wanted to always hang with. I will miss her dearly .

  16. Rebecca (Hall) Edwards
    Waco, TX

    So sorry for this sudden and breathtaking loss. LaWanda was such a part of our community, and she will be missed. Prayers for the Rogers family and may you feel the close embrace of Christ as you mourn. Love to you all.

  17. Kevin Hagan
    Clyde, TX

    Prayers for the family!

  18. Dorris (Taylor) Corkilld
    Sinton, TX

  19. Jackie Goen
    Seminole, TX

    The tribute to LaWanda was perfect! She definitely was someone you could count on to see that things were done. I don't know how our class of AHS 65 will function without LaWanda--she kept us together in such a special way. Our hearts go out to her family along with prayers. She will be missed by so many of us!

  20. Linda Sligar Golden
    Joshua, TX

    I appreciate all of LaWanda's work for our high school reunions. She is one of the reasons we were able to keep in touch. Pray God's comfort for her family and the love they shared.

  21. Barbara Akers Williams
    Rhome, TX

    Very I was very sadden to hear the loss of your loved one . She was a beautiful person and always had a smile . So glad to have known such a wonderful person . Praying for Kenneth , Ann Maire and family ..

    Love Barbara

  22. The NeSmith's
    Merit, TX

    Ann,
    We are so sorry. Your family is in our thoughts & prayers. Sending our love & great big (((HUGS))).

  23. Kenda (Bryan) Huber
    Goose Creek, SC

    Sending lots of prayers and love to you all! Ann, I will always cherish my childhood memories of your sweet mother as we played in the pool or playing barbies! So sorry for your loss!

  24. Matthew McConnell
    Branford, CT

    From all of my coworkers at Black Rock Truck, we offer our sincere condolences to the Rogers family. Lawanda was a wonderful woman and we very much enjoyed working with her. She will be missed.

  25. William Henley
    Shiner, TX

  26. Georgia Gowdy
    Abilene, TX

    My love and prayers are with you. She was a very special lady and always made me laugh .

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