Delora Mae Smith Rogers King, 86, loving wife, mother and friend, peacefully returned home to our Lord at her residence in Huntsville, TX on August 27, 2016.
Delora was born January 31, 1930, to Roy Smith and Birdie Virginia Woolridge Smith, in Widnoon, PA. The family moved to Big Cedar, OK, where Delora grew up among other Native Choctaw and surrounded by the Kiamichi Mountains. She attended Bacone College until June of 1950 when she married Clifford Rogers, newly graduated from the OU School of Pharmacy. They immediately relocated to Dallas and were soon blessed with three of their four children. Following a short move to Houston, and the birth of their fourth daughter in June of 1961, they purchased the Addison Baker Drug Store located on the square in Huntsville. Delora's time was filled with raising the four girls and their activities, including Sunday School teacher and Girl Scout troop leader, as well as maintaining the business end of the pharmacy. Within a few years, the pharmacy moved to a clinical building and was renamed Medical Arts Pharmacy. Upon the death of Cliff in 1970, Delora became full time owner/manager of the pharmacy until her retirement.
The first woman elected to the Huntsville City Council, Delora served diligently from November of 1974 until 1983. She was an active member of the Business and Professional Women's Club of Huntsville and was named the recipient of their Outstanding Woman of the Year in 1982.
In 1976, Delora again found a life partner and married Merton P. King, Ph.D., a professor in the English Department at Sam Houston State University, to whom she was married for over thirty-two years, until his death in 2008.
Following retirement in 1989, Delora became an avid quilter, golfer and gardener, however her most special moments were spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great granddaughter who affectionately called her "Grandma with the deer." Her passion for politics, local, state, or national never waned.
She is survived by her loving children: Brenda Rogers Watt, Sandy Rogers, Glenda Rogers Addison (Paul), Lena Rogers Boyer, and John R. King; grandchildren: Jason Atkinson, Christi Atkinson Jager, Sarah LaRue Addison, Clifford Paul Addison, and Catherine "Catie" Sue Watt; great-granddaughter Allison "Alli" Ryan Jager; and brother, Thomas Smith (Claire).
Deep gratitude, appreciation and thanks to Heart to Heart Hospice, especially Andrea Rogers, Vee Ferrand, and Dr. Karin Olson, and to Mary Leslie and Paula Thomas of TLC Homecare. Their assistance and loving care were invaluable.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Wesley Memorial Methodist Church on September 24, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, Rita B. Huff Humane Society, or a charity of choice.
Published on September 20, 2016