Penny  Rogers
Penelope Anne Rogers, 68, born October 15, 1951, and passed away November 15, 2019.
As our lives evolve, there are those few, rare people who are touchstones. Penny Rogers was an old soul whose warm smile, dancing eyes, and vintage heart always comforted and reassured.
As a young woman Penny always embraced her passions. She was a steward for her horses, a force to be reckoned with on the tennis court, loyal to her violin lessons and a fan of the Redings Mill pool. She could never leave a stray animal behind and her family got to know many of her adoptees. Just as she was for many of the stray pets she couldn't leave behind, she was always the one you could count on, the one who'd make you laugh when others couldn't, the compassionate one when others weren't.
Penny was born to James and Betty Patterson who named her Penelope Anne and shortened it to 'Penny' before she even knew the world into which she was born. Little did she know that she would someday be the third generation to lead an established family business, J.E. Patterson, Incorporated, and a civic leader who served as an elder at First Presbyterian Church and as president of Soroptimist International of Joplin.
Penny graduated from Parkwood High School in 1969, and college shortly thereafter. She was at MSSC long enough to meet Randy, her life's love, who'd just returned from the service. They both shared a sense of humor, adventure, and purpose that was not lost on their two children, Brandy Rogers DeWeese and Roman Rogers. Together, Penny and Randy raised their children, led the family business, and explored the world as lifelong residents of Joplin.
Penny will forever be missed by her husband of 48 years, Randy; daughter, Brandy, son-in-law, Blair, and grandchildren, Noah, Abigail, and Ruah, of Seattle, WA; and her son, Roman, daughter-in-law, Cassy, of Joplin, and granddaughter, Ashley Taylor. Penny's parents and brother, Joel, preceded her in passing. Her siblings, Vicki Patterson, of Colorado Springs, CO, and Todd Patterson, of Kansas City, will remember her in their hearts as will her extended family, pets, and beloved troupe of friends.
Penny's spirit is captured in Proverbs 31:25.
"She is clothed with strength and dignity
and she laughs without fear of the future."
She made strong look invincible and was a beacon of comfort and reassurance for so many of us.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks and the Joplin Humane Society.
A celebration of life will take place in early 2020 with details to be announced.
Published on November 24, 2019


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Sheila Damer
Dec 04, 2019
My heart aches for you, Brandy and Roman. I just saw this on FB today (I’m not on everyday). Your mother was a high school friend, a neighbor for several years, as well as sharing you with me when you were in first grade. Our paths crossed several times over the years I will miss her smile. Prayers for you and family.
Nov 30, 2019
My deepest condolence! Penny was one of the sweetest persons! I'm sure God needs her for one of His angels! Rest in Peace Penny!
Karen Pond Allan
Nov 30, 2019
Penney and I were young childhood friends, as well as friends in high school. We rode horses before some of Joplin's rides were ever paved. She was always a joy to be with! She will be missed.
Audrey Burtrum-Stanley
Nov 29, 2019
Every life produces special images you recall when pondering long ago. For me, thinking of Penny, I return to Springtime in 1971; An obit was in the press and Penny, (along with her darling pal, Mosey H.,) arrived at my family's mourning threshold.
Anyone who gazed upon the twosome would have been smitten by their fresh beauty. Through my haze of tears, I watched as a breeze lifted their long, gently curled locks in a swirling flutter. The girls wore floor-length, pastel dresses and held downward at their sides were gigantic pairs of sheaf bouquets they had picked -- delicate, woody branches with lilac blossoms. The scene was as stunning as a cameo. Their words were pure as ho
...ney. That 'memorized moment' portrayed the gift of 'compassion and kindness.'
Decades have passed and those precious deeds have never faded in value nor lost the glow in my heart. The outside and inside of those young women were visions of "goodness." I bet there are thousands of similar Penny-memory-scenes others hold dear...
I did not known Penny was not well. I live in Arkansas, yet would have traveled to caress her brow, to hold her hand, kiss her cheek, hum a brief melody in her ear and from my knees, at the the end of her bed, I would have whispered a humble prayer: " that GOD above would have crowned her with a Heavenly halo."
My condolences to her family and friends.
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Valerie Dunning (Baskin)
Nov 29, 2019
So sorry to hear of Penny's passing. Condolences to her family. We had a chance to meet up at our 50th high school reunion recently, which Penny was still beautiful inside and out.
She will be missed. Rest in Peace, "Penny- Pat."
Ann Leach
Nov 26, 2019
Peace and comfort to Penny's family. I knew her through Soroptimist and found her to always be curious about others and so welcoming to everyone. She will be missed.
SaraJane Galbraith
Nov 25, 2019
Had so hoped for her treatment to work. Praying for the family to be comforted and encouraged by faith, family and friends.
Nancy Sohosky McCay
Nov 25, 2019
Penny was always such a sweet person and more mature than her age!!!! A kind sweet person, she will be missed!!!!
Noah DeWeese
Nov 25, 2019
Fly High Grandma I love you.
Sue Davidson
Nov 25, 2019
Remembering all the fun of all the neighborhood activities as our kids grew thru grade school and then high school together.
Holly Price
Nov 24, 2019
We share many fun times together. You will be sadly missed. My condolences to Randy, Brandy & Roman.
Holly Rogers Price