Jane Ellis Rogers, 88, of Lakeland, Florida, was born into eternal life on July 11, 2021, after a courageous struggle with declining health. Jane was attended by her cherished loved ones, who will continue to honor her legacy by following her example of strength and love. Jane was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and aunt, and showed incredible resolve in the face of adversity. It is fair to say that Jane never gave up.
Jane was predeceased by her mother and father, Lillian and Hal Ellis, sister Anne, and her first son, James Wesley Rogers.
Jane was born in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains in Rome, Georgia on July 18, 1932. At a young age, Jane moved to Bartow, Florida, with her parents and sister. She attended two years of college at Florida State University, and worked as a secretary at the Polk County Farm Bureau in Bartow. Jane met her husband, Johnny, at a church picnic. She enjoyed playing the piano and spending time on Anna Maria Island. Jane also had a love of genealogy, and completed many years of detailed research on the family’s history.
Jane loved visiting with family and friends, good conversation, trying new foods prepared for her by her sons and niece, and always managed a smile no matter how she was doing.
Jane is survived by her husband Johnny, sons Steve, Dane, and Tom, grandchildren Carson and Kylie, niece Dawn, great nieces Ashley Smith, Jenna, and great nephew David. The family is grateful to all her caregivers and the Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale, Florida.
With her family and friends in attendance under a shaded tree on a balmy summer day, a graveside service was held at Oak Hill Burial Park on Thursday, July 15, 2021, at 10:00 a.m..
The family is also grateful to all her caregivers and the Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale, Florida. Condolences may be sent to the family at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes.