(July 20, 1919 – March 11, 2012)
Ella F. (Burnell) Rogers, claiming the promise of her Lord (Psalms 23) passed away on March 11, 2012 at MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland. Ella was born July 20, 1919 in Onaway, Michigan. She was the daughter of the late George and Minnie (Carr) Smith. Ella graduated from the Onaway High School and the Bay City Business College. She married Anthony (Tony) Burnell of Onaway in 1941 and they established a home in Midland where Tony was employed by the Austin Company and Ella was a secretary for the Dow Chemical Company. Together they raised five children. The family attended Calvary Baptist Church where Ella was a member and participated in many church activities. The children were members of the Junior Choir. Ella took seriously her God’s gift of children. She strived to give the family the best care she could give. Ella was a proficient seamstress and enjoyed sewing for the family. She enjoyed doing many types of crafts, especially crocheting. She enjoyed bowling and was a member of the ladies bowling league. Tony was also a bowler and he and Ella won the Dow Mixed Doubles Tournament in 1960. To supplement the family income, Ella worked part time in the office of the United Mine Workers, Local 12075 and later in the offices of the Bullock Creek High School. Tony passed away to be with his Lord in May 1965. Ella was employed by the Dow Corning Corp. when she married W. Quentin Rogers of Sanford. During their thirty-two years of marriage they traveled throughout the United States and Canada. They were Charter Members of Open Door Baptist Church and were very active in the building and serving in the church. They both enjoyed gardening and harvesting the honey from their Bee Apiary, known as the “The Rogers Bee Ranch”. They spent several winters in Ruskin, Florida. Quentin passed away in November 1999. Ella is survived by two daughters – Diann K. Boor and Elaine F. Petsch. One son James A. Burnell and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, loving nieces and nephews. Two daughters are deceased – Sally Jean Carr and Carol Sue Hoggard, also two sisters – Annie Wellesley and Thelma Sherman. A Funeral Service will be held at the Open Door Baptist Church at 11:00 am on Wednesday, March 14 with Pastor Jody Ellis officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 10 am until the time of the service. Interment will take place in the Midland City Cemetery. Smith-Miner Funeral Home, 2700 W. Wackerly, is assisting the family. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Open Door Baptist Church. Online condolences can be given at smithminer.com.