Frances Audrey Malone Rogers

2014-07-23T00:00:00Z Frances Audrey Malone Rogers The Billings Gazette
July 23, 2014 12:00 am

Born in Texas, died in Montana.

She was born in Bomarton, Texas, Feb. 2, 1918, and died Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Billings. Her parents were Hattie Gwin Malone and Barney Malone, and she had two sisters and seven brothers.

She graduated from Bomarton High School in 1935. On Feb. 2, 1936 she attended beauty school in Wichita Falls, Texas. She lived with a cousin, Mildred Snyder, and met Henry Rogers, who lived with his brother, Melvin, in the same building. She and Henry were married Sept. 25, 1936 in Seymour, Texas. Henry worked for Conoco, and when the new Conoco refinery was built in Billings in 1949, they moved to Billings.

She is survived by four children, Rachel, Truman (Carol), Morris and Bradley (Mary); 12 grandkids; 13 great-grandkids and seven great-great-grandkids. She is preceded in death by her husband, and two stepsons, Leon and Leo.

Frances was a foster mother to 58 kids. She and Henry liked to travel in their pickup camper all over the western U.S. After Henry died in 1981 she traveled to China, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska and Vancouver, and took bus trips to the East Coast.

After she lost her eyesight in 1993, Frances still lived by herself until June of 2012, when she moved to Highgate Assisted Living.

A graveside service will be held 10 a.m. Friday, July 25, at Pleasantview Cemetery in Ballantine. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Smith’s West Chapel, 304 34th St. W.

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