Ruth D. Rogers, 74, of Conneaut, passed away March 2, 2023 at UH Conneaut Medical Center. She was born March 30, 1948, in Conneaut, the daughter of Harry and Ruth (Eccleston) Lampman.
No scammer or telemarketer ever got past Dolly. Anyone asking for ‘Ruth Rogers’ was quickly dismissed. Her friends and family knew her as Dolly.
But nothing about Dolly was doll-like. Rather, she was a strong-willed, frugal woman who was hard-working and practical. A life-long resident of northeast Ohio with deep roots in Conneaut, Dolly was known and loved widely. She was regarded as a kind and generous person, who would do for others while doing without, herself.
Proud of being a competent, self-sufficient business woman, Dolly worked every single day from early morning until dinner-time, then spent the evening planning her work for the next day.
Dolly had few indulgences. Her one non-work-related pastime was sewing. She was a skilled quilter, and her fine touch and diligent effort shone in her fabric art creations.
However, Dolly being Dolly, even a hobby had to become work! She developed her sewing skills into a commercially-viable opportunity and began presenting them at craft fairs and festivals in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Her favorite was the annual Grape Jamboree in Geneva.
Dolly managed the sewing and craft fairs in addition to a full-time commitment to both her storage business and a sideline as a U-Haul dealer, though ‘side-line’ does not give credit to the time and effort she put into providing thoroughly cleaned and serviced trucks. She explained that she would not want anyone to receive equipment she would not want herself.
Dolly’s ‘social life’ revolved around her three businesses. She cared about her customers, and ‘business’ was as much about them as about earning a living. Dolly loved her boaters, especially. She anticipated summer when they would return. She valued their simple, quiet decency, which reminded her of her beloved father.
A mid-life return to school earned Dolly an Associate of Arts degree from Lakeland Community College, which she used to become a hot-line crisis counselor.
For all her desire to help others, Dolly’s deepest dedication was to her family. She was so proud of her children! Dolly was devoted to her grandchildren and was thrilled with the opportunity to help both her son and her daughter when called on to help out with childcare.
By nature, Dolly was orderly and demanded control. She made allowances for people (sometimes), but drew the line at animals. They just would NOT respect Dolly’s boundaries. God help the snakes and mice, (though she may be at peace with them now).
Ruth Della Rogers leaves a lasting legacy of numerous family members, plus many others who were mutually considered as family, including her daughter Sharon ”Nikki” Rogers, and son Andrew “Drew” Rogers.
Celebration of Life will be held from 2:00-4:00 PM, Saturday, March 25, 2023 at the Marcy Family Center, 180 Harbor St., Conneaut (directly across from the funeral home.)
The Marcy Funeral Home and Cremation Center is entrusted with arrangements.Leave a memory at www.marcyfuneralhome.com.
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