Marjorie Rogers Tueller, 90, peacefully passed away on May 20, 2011, in Bountiful, Utah.
Marjorie was born April 3, 1921 in Morgan, Utah to Thelma Dickson and Curtis William Rogers. The second of six children, Marjorie was part of a large, loving family whose devoted parents made home a haven for their children.
She loved growing up in Morgan, surrounded by extended family and dear friends and neighbors. Her childhood was during the Great Depression, so her entertainment revolved around family, church and school activities. Marjorie worked hard at home helping her family, playing with her sisters and brother, took music lessons, loved hiking in the foothills surrounding her home, and playing with her best friend, Della. She loved to go on family car rides and truly loved being with her family among “the hills of home.” Marjorie loved music and dancing, and was a skilled tap dancer. The 20’s and 30’s were the “golden age” of Hollywood, and Marjorie thought that going to movies was a special treat. She also had a great love for animals.
Marjorie excelled at playing the trumpet, and after graduating from high school in 1939, was awarded a music scholarship to Brigham Young University. She played in an all-female band and was a featured player. It was while playing in the Cougar Concert Band that she met fellow trumpet player and her future eternal sweetheart, Jack. They courted, and he was warmly welcomed into the loving Rogers family as another son. World War II had just begun and Jack was in flight school training to be a fighter pilot. Marjorie attended his flight school graduation at Luke Field in Mesa, AZ and pinned his “wings” on him. The following day, March 17, 1942, they were married in the Mesa, Arizona temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
While Jack flew fighter planes over Germany, Marjorie lived in Morgan with her parents. Upon his safe return at the end of the war, Jack made the Air Force his career, which began a lifetime of moving and adventure for the family. They had many opportunities to travel the world, living in Tallahassee, FL, Phoenix, AZ, London, England, Omaha, NB, Los Angeles, CA and McLean, VA. At each of these locations, another child was added to their family, totaling four daughters and two sons. In 1963, Jack was transferred from the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., to Hill Air Force Base in Utah. They built a home and moved to Bountiful, Utah in 1964.
Marjorie deeply treasured her LDS pioneer heritage, a legacy from both her parents’ families that included many faithful men and women from England and Scotland. Her second great-grandfather Orson Spencer, served as mayor of Nauvoo after the death of Joseph Smith, and went on to become the first chancellor of the University of Utah. Marjorie was the great-granddaughter of Aurelia Spencer Rogers, founder of the LDS Church’s Primary organization.
Family history was one of Marjorie’s great life’s work. She compiled a photo history of her entire family, spanning more than 60 years and comprising dozens of albums. She also wrote the life history of each of her six children, documenting their life’s events from birth until marriage.
Marjorie loved anything of beauty, whether it was the glory of autumn colors, uplifting music, roses from her garden, inspiring quotes and readings, or the sweetness of a new baby. She surrounded herself with beautiful things that brought her happiness.
Marjorie’s testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ was unwavering. She always felt that her greatest legacy was her family and devoted all her energy to her home and children. She found great joy in the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren. Throughout her life, she served faithfully in many Church callings, particularly in Relief Society and Primary. She especially loved working with the Primary children, and served as stake and ward music director for many years. In her later years, Marjorie and Jack served together for fifteen years as LDS Church Service missionaries.
Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters (Paula Rogers McQuown and Katherine Rogers Whittier from Morgan) and one granddaughter. She is survived by her husband, Jack, and her six children: Rosanne (Norman) Nielsen, Carolyn Markwith, Sharman Tueller, Janine (Alan) Mickelson, Shayne (Pam) Tueller and Stephen (Camille) Tueller, twenty-six beloved grandchildren and twenty-two great grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters (Florence Rogers Sowell, Pocatello, Sherolyn Rogers Jenkins, Morgan) and a brother (Bernell Rogers, Torrance CA)
Funeral services are Friday, May 27th , 11:00 at the LDS Canyon Park Ward, 1190 E. Bountiful Hills Dr., Bountiful, UT. There will be a visitation at the church 9:30-10:30 prior to the service.
Interment in the South Morgan Cemetery.