Former Bandera resident Delores Rogers was welcomed home by our loving Creator on Thursday, May 8. She was born May 4, 1922, to Fred and Rose Duenwald in the small farming town of Hoven, South Dakota.
A beautician for many years, Delores owned a beauty salon in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. While in Tennessee, Delores met and married the love of her life, "Red" Rogers, and the couple had three sons whom they adored.
Delores loved big and gave big. People always knew when she had been to the Bandera nursing home because the residents would have beautifully painted nails. A volunteer for many years with the Meals on Wheels program, she dedicated her life to caring for elderly women who were homebound.
Delores worked for 10 years at the Frontier Times Museum. She greeted everyone who walked through the door with a huge smile and a welcome that made visitors feel like they were seeing an old friend.
Delores loved the people of First Baptist Church of Bandera, where she was a member. Her love for God and others was contagious. Everyone who met Delores knew that she "loved the Lord." She shared that love with everyone she met, including the countless children she taught in Sunday school throughout her life.
Always filled with life, Delores loved to laugh and have fun, and her very favorite thing to do was to dance. We imagine she is dancing through heaven at this very moment.
She is survived by her sister, Roselyn Kaup, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; sons, Fred and Susie Rogers of Houston, Don and Kim Rogers of Austin and Randy and Pam Rogers of San Antonio; six grandchildren, Michelle, Jade, Christina Rene, Donald II, Candace, and Samantha; and 10 great-grand children.
Delores was predeceased by her siblings, Gert, Mary, Norbert, Robert, Dorothy and Melvin, as well as by her beloved husband, Red.
A memorial service will be held for Delores at 10 am, Thursday May 15, at the First Baptist Church of Bandera, 1302 Pecan Street, with Pastor Frank Pullin officiating. The family invites everyone to join them to give thanks to God for the Delores' life and celebrate the resurrection.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Baptist Church of Bandera or Bandera County Helping Hand.