Brenda Gail Eden Rogers
November 3, 1948 – November 1, 2018
Brenda Gail Eden Rogers, 69, died Thursday, November 1, at Mercy Hospital, Rogers, Arkansas. She was born in Bentonville, Arkansas, on November 3, 1948, to William Harold Eden and Martha Presley Eden. She grew up in Monte Ne and Rogers, Arkansas, and was a 1966 graduate of Rogers High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas in 1970 and a master’s degree from the University of Texas–Austin in 1980. She was a gifted teacher who taught grades from pre-school to sixth grade in Rogers, San Antonio, the Chicago area, Decatur, Georgia, and Stuttgart, Germany. She is survived by her husband of fifty years, Buddy (Hiluard G.) Rogers; a daughter, Jennifer Eden Rogers and son-in-law Eamon Renaghan, both of Rogers and grandson, Joshua Bezdek of New Braunfels, Texas. A member of First Baptist Church of Rogers, Brenda lived a luminous life in Christ. Her joy and thoughtfulness, strength and compassion, wisdom and humor drew others to her. She was a fierce protector of her family, her students, and her faith and a miracle of grace and generosity. Despite living with chronic pain her entire adult life, she remained positive and gloried in the love of her husband and daughter. Her family and many friends miss her musical laugh but are comforted that she suffers no more. And more than consoled that her soul is at peace in God’s loving arms. Visitation will be held tomorrow, Monday, November 5th from 4-7:00pm in Rollins Funeral Home, 1401 West Hudson, Rogers. Her Funeral service will be at 2:00pm, Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Rogers- Olive St Campus, 8th and Olive in Rogers. A private family interment will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family will appreciate donations made to either the National Federation of the Blind, Arkansas Chapter, 7 E Boulder Creek Boulevard #109, Fayetteville, AR 72703 www.nfbar.org or Mission Dignity (a charity for retired bi-vocational ministers) at PO Box 819109 Dallas, TX 75381-9109 www.MissionDignity.org Arrangements are under the care of Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers.
- Visitation in the Chapel Monday, November 5, 2018
- Funeral Service Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Brenda Gail Eden Rogers
March 6, 2019
We talk about the things our mothers love: the bluebonnets in a
Texas spring, the smell of evergreen, smooth lines of the tiny
glass tulip on her dresser, the feel of the nubby blanket she got
from her own mother, because our mothers have loved us for
as long as we have known life. And they introduced those
things to us with love. We are connected to them through her
and to her through them. So that when she is gone, it brings us
sharp joy to see them, a shock to remember she can longer
enjoy them herself, and wonder at how she saw such beauty in
us as she saw in the endless fields of blue stretched out like an
awakening infant under the vast blue Texas sky.
I’ve never known my mother not to hurt. Not to be hurt
sometimes, or to feel bad enough to stay in bed here and
there. But pain, unrelenting, pain day in and day out. Aches
and jabs, protesting joints, body-wracking pain. And my mother
faced these all with the grace and strength God granted her.
This is not to say she was perfect – not one of us is. But she
was honorable, and she lived the example of fighting with
everything she had, every day, in a battle she was sure to lose.
The war, however, she has won. You see, odd as it may
sound, there is some joy in her death for me. I love her
selflessly enough to celebrate her freedom from pain, but also
the bonds of this world – the opinions of others, the certainty of
failure, the struggle it can be sometimes to hang onto faith in
the face of wave after wave of disappointment and heartache.
And I know that not only is she now without pain, but that she
can see, and that her eyes will next open onto the face of our
loving Savior in Heaven.
- Jennifer Eden Rogers