Elizabeth Grippin Rogers

April 6, 1917 - March 4, 2024
Elizabeth Grippin Rogers

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Elizabeth Grippin Rogers, 106 of Hendersonville, NC passed away March 4, 2024 at Terra Bella Hendersonville. A memorial service is scheduled for 2:00 pm, April 6 at the Hendersonville United Methodist chapel, with a gathering in the Solace Ministry Room prior to the service at 1:00 p.m.

Elizabeth was a native of New York State, born September 22, 1917 to the late George and Genevieve Davis Grippin in Candor, NY.

She received all of her grade school education in a one-room schoolhouse, and graduated from Candor High School in 1934. Elizabeth graduated from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY in 1939 with a B.A. degree in Liberal Arts. In following years, she did graduate work at Cornell University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and at the College of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.

In 1946, she married Neil G. Rogers of Edneyville, NC. The marriage ended after 50 years with his death in 1996. Elizabeth was also preceded in death by her brother C. Robert Grippin in 2000.

She taught History, Latin and English for a total of 31 years in New York State and North Carolina. Of this time, two years were in the Hooper School in Endwell, NY; four in her hometown high school in Candor, NY; and 25 years in Flat Rock High School and East Henderson High School from which she retired in 1978. Teaching was her special God-given talent.

As an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville for over 60 years, she taught Sunday school, served in several commissions and organizations, and was founder and coordinator for the church’s Intercessory Prayer Ministry for several years. Elizabeth was a charter member of the Alpha Lambda Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international honorary teachers’ society for key women. In 2011, she was inducted into the Henderson County Educational Foundation Hall of Fame.

Survivors include three nieces, Lohrie Grippin MacDonald and husband, David, of Spencer, NY; Suzanne Grippin Umnik and husband, Howard, of Cocheton, NY; and Sheron Grippin Belcher and husband, Paul, of Huntsville, AL; a great niece, Mollie MacDonald King of Appomattox, VA, and two great nephews, Blair MacDonald of Cornell University and Groton, NY; and Dewey Belcher of Hoover, AL, as well as several beloved nieces of her late husband here in Henderson County, who have been such a blessing in her later years.

Her greatest example was her love of God, her kind heart and her unwavering focus on being good to others. She combined a gentle spirit with an astounding strength of character and deep wisdom that equipped her to be a cherished educator and encourager to her family and friends. She was always ready to greet anyone with a kind smile.

The family expresses warmest wishes and thanks to Elizabeth’s class (kids) of the 1950’s for their many kindnesses expressed to her during her later years. She was honored and humbled in having the pleasure of their friendship.

The family also wishes to express their appreciation to the care givers from Four Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care. Their care and assistance through Elizabeth’s final days allowed for a peaceful and dignified departure.

A memorial service will be at two o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday, April 6th, 2024 at First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville. The family will receive friends one hour prior. A private burial will be held at Shepherd Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 204 6th Avenue West, Hendersonville, NC 28739; the Fruitland United Methodist Church, 66 South Mills Gap Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792; or Four Season Palliative Care, fourseasonscare.org.

Memorial Service

Saturday, April 6, 2024
2:00 PM

First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville - Directions
204 6th Ave West
Hendersonville, NC 28792


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First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville - Directions
204 6th Ave West, Hendersonville, NC 28792
  • Saturday, April 6, 2024

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  • March 23, 2024
    Brenda Whiteside says:
    Mrs. Rogers was my Latin and history teacher at East Henderson for a total of four years. She was an excellent teacher and was well liked. She will be missed.

  • March 11, 2024
    Carl Edward McGraw says:
    Mrs Rogers was a great teacher! I had her in 1976, 1977 and 1978.

  • March 09, 2024
    Charles Nabers says:
    Mrs Rogers taught me Latin at East in 1968 and 1969 and was a great teacher. She always made us say "Latin lives today". What a life and legacy she has left.

  • March 09, 2024
    Mike Harness says:
    Mrs. Rogers was simply one of the best teachers ever, anywhere. I was blessed to have been in three of her classes. She made a lasting impression on me, and was one of my favorite teachers. My prayers for comfort to her family.

  • March 08, 2024
    Robert Morgan says:
    Mrs. Rogers was my Latin teacher in freshman and sophomore years at Flat Rock High, and my American History teacher in eleventh grade at East High. She was a superb teacher of history, and even better at teaching us to write. Every two or three days we had to write answers to a list of questions. That made the facts and ideas stick in our minds, and gave us practice in writing. I never thought I'd live near where she grew up, and teach at Cornell where she had gone to school. It's as though we traded places in New York and North Carolina. Listening to her I learned more about speaking clearly. She said Hen-der-son-ville, instead of "Hennersonvul." I won't ever forget her.