OBITUARY: Frances (Fran) Nelson Rogers Jan. 10, 1922 – Sept. 23, 2014

FRANCES (FRAN) NELSON ROGERS Jan. 10, 1922 – Sept. 23, 2014

Frances (Fran) Nelson Rogers, 92, a beloved Los Alamos Living Treasure (2007) passed away peacefully in her home on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

She is preceded in death by her first husband Warren Haas; parents Anne and Iver Nelson; brothers, Adrian and Leland Nelson; and her husband of 51 years, Walter LaVerne “Vern” Rogers. Fran is survived by her sister Mary Lee (Bismarck, ND), children; Kelly (Durango, CO); Rick and wife Rebecca (Dylan & Dustin Arbuckle and family) (Los Alamos); Tracy and husband Ben Lea (Rose & Katherine Lea and family) (La Cueva); Grandchildren, Taylor and husband J.P. Martinez (Los Alamos); Mitchell Powell (Denver, CO); great-grandchildren, Ava and Matthew Martinez; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

In the last years of her life, Fran was blessed with several caretaker angels. With their help, she was able to continue living in her home. The Family is forever grateful to Jamye and Jenye Stephens, Randy, Teresa Link, Cathy Pannell, Ethel Willleford, Tana Campbell, and Irna Foss.

Fran was born January 10, 1922 on a farm near Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She married her first husband Warren Haas on Christmas Eve 1941. She and Warren moved to Los Alamos where she worked for the Atomic Energy Commission as a telephone operator. Warren was a US Army police officer and was killed in a car accident in 1949. Fran continued her work with the AEC and was one of the first women to ever work at Nevada National Security Science, formerly the Nevada Test Site.

She met her beloved husband Vern at a New Year’s Eve party at the Golf Club, which was the restaurant at the golf course at the time. She first noticed what a good dancer he was. Six months later they were married, and quickly started a family, which became her priority. Fran was a natural at wrangling three children and was in every PTO, scout organization, and garage band Los Alamos had to offer. When the children were older, she returned to work at LANL until she retired as the J-Division secretary in 1990.

She began to volunteer immediately and remained active in many organizations including the Lobby Shop and information desk at the Los Alamos Medical Center. She became treasurer, first vice president, president, and then state president of the hospital auxiliary. Fran was involved in the Los Alamos Historical Society, served as State President of the Summit Garden Club, the American Cancer Crusade, the Heart Council, and the March of Dimes. She was very active in several church organizations and called the Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church home. For 53 years she brought heaping trays of holiday treats to postal employees at Christmas time. She doted on her two grandchildren and was always shuffling them to and from school and activities.

A service will be held at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church (2390 North Road, Los Alamos) at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 2.

The family has entrusted their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley.

They request that any donations be made to the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service and Hospice House (2202 Canyon Road, Los Alamos).

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