Vivian Denney Rogers

The James Stewart Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution honored Mrs. Vivian Denney Rogers as a Woman in American History on Saturday April 13, 2013.  Members of Mrs. Rogers’ family joined chapter members at the Loco Rio Restaurant in Franklin to celebrate her lifetime of dedication to the children in her community.

The emphasis of Women in American History is on the role of women, past and present, in American history.  The Daughters of the American Revolution encourages chapters to select a notable woman from their state or community to honor.  Women chosen for this recognition are women who have made a contribution or a difference in their communities.  These women are, or have been, intellectual, educational, social, religious, political, scientific, or cultural innovators.

The James Stewart Chapter is proud to name Vivian Denney Rogers (7/15/1917 – 12/12/2002) as a Woman in American History.

Each Woman in American History application must have a brief 100 word description about the applicant’s contribution to the community.   Paige Rogers, daughter of Vivian Rogers, composed our 100 word description about her mother,

“Vivian Denney Rogers was the oldest child of a man who taught in the one-room schools of Heard County. She graduated from Roopville High School and attended the A & M School, forerunner of West Georgia College.

She loved to read and wanted to share this love with all children.  In the 1950s, she offered her home as a repository of books for the bookmobile of West Georgia Regional Library.  For many years she allowed the children of the community to come to her home to check out books.

She served on the library board, was a Charter Member of the Pilot Club, a founder of the Ephesus Quilting Ladies, and an active singer of Sacred Harp.”

Through her generosity, Vivian Rogers touched hundreds of lives in her community.   Those children she welcomed into her home will forever remember her and the opportunities she gave them to grow and enrich their lives.

The James Stewart Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution honors Vivian Denney Rogers as A Woman in American History for making such a difference in the lives of the children in her community.  Her photograph and Paige’s description have been submitted by the James Stewart Chapter to be included in the national database at the DAR library in Washington, DC, where it will be available to all future visitors.

Those in attendance at the luncheon were James Stewart Chapter members Beverly Baker, Carla Brown, Bonnie Baker, Marifaythe Whitley, Betsie Smith, Nancy Hill, Rebecca Lawley, Rita Porter, Paige Harrod, and Mary Lane.  Guests in attendance were Lisa Lawley Nesbitt, Susan Rice, Katie Rice, Luke Rive, Karleen Williams, Sherry Lovvorn, Emmett Harrod, Dan Harrod, and Kayla McWhorter.