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Mary Margaret Rodgers May 31, 1947 - August 19, 2023

Date of Funeral

August 26, 2023

Memorial Service: 1:00 PM, Saturday, August 26, 2023 at Putnam City Baptist Church

Mary Margaret Owens Rodgers was a Caring, Devoted Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. She passed from this life peacefully surrounded by family on August 19th, 2023, at the age of 76. She has gained her heavenly wings and is now dancing in heaven alongside Jesus.

Mary was born in Vinco, Oklahoma on May 31st, 1947, to Raymond and Alta Owens. She was raised in the Vinco/Perkins area throughout her childhood and went through the Perkins school system where she graduated in 1965. Unfortunately, during that same year, she lost her father. After his passing she continued to live in Vinco with her mother.

The following year in 1966, destiny revealed itself when she met the love of her life, David Rodgers, while on a blind date that was set up by a friend. They immediately hit it off and within the next year the two were engaged, then married in the Justice of the Peace office in Perry, Oklahoma on May 1st, 1967. Once married the happy couple lived in Vinco, Oklahoma where their life together officially began.

Within the next several years they had four sons, the first of which was born in 1968 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Not long after the couple moved to Oklahoma City, a little less than 3 years after giving birth to her first child, in 1970, she gave birth to her second. Mary lived in Oklahoma City with her husband until 1973. That was when they picked up and moved to Houston, Texas where David had been transferred to for work. In 1979 their 3rd child was born with their 4th child following in 1983.  In the summer of 1986, their journey together witnessed another change that brought them back to Oklahoma.

Mary’s mother passed away in 1990, leaving a huge void in her life. However, in 1991, she began working in the food industry for Putnam City High School.  Throughout her career she touched the lives of many faculty and students alike through her sense of humor and caring nature.  She continued this career for over 20 years before retiring.  After retiring, she spent her time at home with the love of her life and their pets. She also liked to keep David busy fixing or repairing things around the house.

Mary really enjoyed watching soap operas during the 80’s and 90’s. Some of her favorites were, Search for Tomorrow, The Young and the Restless, All My Children, General Hospital and Days of our Lives. She very rarely missed an episode during this time. Only after the storylines went all over the place did she eventually stop watching. She also enjoyed watching The Price is Right and other shows, such as The Waltons and Little House on the Prairie.

Being actively involved in all her children’s school and sporting events was a must. You could always here her whistling and cheering in the stands especially at her children’s sporting events. There are very few events that Mary did not go to where she could support not only her children but also her grandchildren. Unless she was sick, there was never a time she missed any of her kid’s event. If she had to miss anything because a couple of her children were playing on different fields, she always made sure to either go back and forth or send David to make sure someone was there. As her children and grandchildren started graduating Middle School, High School, and College, she made it a point to be at all graduation ceremonies. We always knew we could count on mom to be there.

Mary always spoke honestly to her family and friends, greatly enjoyed reading and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. The one thing that stood out was the fact she would not lie to you and would tell people “How the cow ate the cabbage” as she would always say. You always knew what you were getting when you had conversations with her. She was very opinionated and wasn’t afraid “to go there”, but she loved ALL of her family with all her heart.

You could always count on her to let you know how it is but on the other hand she would be willing to joke with you. This is something she always did and there were many candid conversations with her children as well as grandchildren.

Later in life Mary grew very fond of reading. She collected over 1000 paperback books over a 10-year span, and we are pretty sure she read every one of them. In some instances, specific books were read more than once. She took pride in the book collection. She had several bookcases and tubs filled with books. Each book was cataloged and accounted for.

She also enjoyed going back to her childhood home from time to time. Often, she would go with one of her best friends, Judy, to visit the local cemeteries. They would visit loved ones that had passed and to just read the headstones. Any time Mary was in Vinco she made it a point to go and visit her brother Curtis every chance she got. Even when sickness made it tough, she was always looking forward to walking across the street to see him.

Mary impacted many lives within the family, her friends and even at work. She was a person that would take in those that needed help and make sure they were fed and taken care of. Whether it was a person or an animal. She loved animals and would not let them go hungry. Maybe that is why all the neighborhood cats hang around…LOL!!!

Throughout her life there were many ups and downs. Through all of it she laughed, cried, stressed out over her children, worried about the future for her grandchildren, became angry at times, frustrated at times… But through everything she LOVED!!!

We will miss the phone calls, the visits, the discussion about anything and everything. Mary lived life, loved life, and adored her husband David with all her being. She loved her children and always said how proud she was of every one of them.

Mary is survived by her Loving and Devoted Husband of 56 years, David Paul Rodgers; son David Troy Rodgers, wife Elizabeth, granddaughters Sara, Shelby and Samantha; son Tony Paul Rodgers, wife LuCinda, granddaughter Lindsay and grandson Easton;  son Gregory Allen Rodgers, wife Heather, grandson Steven Dodd, wife Emily and Great Granddaughter Everly; grandson Kevin Dodd, Granddaughter Shiloh; son Mark Duane Rodgers and grandson Ayden; brother Curtis Owens; numerous nieces and nephews along with many friends and family.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents Raymond L. Owens and Alta L. Mays Owens Hughes, brother Bill Mays, granddaughter Callie Logan Rodgers and grandson Sebastian Alexander Rodgers.

Services will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday August 26th, 2023 at Putnam City Baptist Church. Located at 11401 N Rockwell Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73162

Final resting place will be at the Perkins/Knipe Cemetery in Perkins, Oklahoma.

In lieu of flowers, any donations to help with funeral services would be appreciated.

Services will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday August 26th, 2023 at Putnam City Baptist Church. Located at 11401 N Rockwell Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73162

Final resting place will be at the Perkins/Knipe Cemetery in Perkins, Oklahoma.



  1. REPLY
    Heather Rodgers says

    Mary is and was the best mother in-law I’ve ever had! She would laugh at me when I said this to her and would dispute it from time to time and I would remind her I wasn’t laying because I’ve had another mother in-law and she was by far the best one! We had a relationship all of our own! I take a lot of pride in that! She taught me more than she could have ever know; about how to be a wife, mother and grandma to both biological and nonbiological. She told me I’m the very beginning there are no step grandkids in her family. She welcomed all of us in and we’re were hers and she would never treat the kids as anything other than hers. I will carry on her teachings and examples for the rest of my life, as well as her hilarious terms and quotes! I love her more dearly than I think she knew! I will miss her greatly!

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