Helen Ricks Rogers

Helen Ricks Rogers


Helen Ricks Rogers was born in Durant, Oklahoma on February 24, 1921 and died in Madison, Mississippi on January 12, 2021. She was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Henry C. Ricks. 

The family moved to Jackson, Ms. in 1928 where she attended Jackson public schools. She attended Millsaps College where she was a member of the Millsaps Singers, Vice President of Chi Omega sorority, editor of the Bobashela, and President of Sigma Lambda. Majoring in French, she graduated Cum Laude in 1942. That same year she married Nathaniel (Nat) S. Rogers. During and after World War II, she worked for Harvard University, MIT, and United Airlines. After her husband received his MBA from Harvard in 1947, they moved to Jackson, Ms. where he began his banking career with Deposit Guaranty National Bank. 

During her years in Jackson, she was active in the P.T.A, served as President of the YWCA, The High Noon Club, The Monday Club, and The Pleiades Club. She was also a member of the Research Club and the Cosmos Club. She was a member of Galloway Memorial Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school for 6 years and served on the Altar Guild. 

In 1969 her husband joined First City National Bank in Houston, Texas. They joined St. Luke's Methodist Church. In Houston she became a member of the River Oaks Rose Club and a charter member of the Shepherd Society of Rice University school of Music.  

Her husband preceded her in death after their marriage of 73 years. 

She is survived by her children, Alice Fitzgibbon, Dr. John S. Rogers (Nadine), and Lewis P. Rogers (Grace); her grandchildren William E. Fitzgibbon IV (Victoria), Alex Rogers (Ginny), Michael Rogers, Katherine Rogers, Claire Rogers, Charlotte Rogers, Rebecca Bravender (Christopher), and Nathaniel Rogers II (Kyla). She is also survived by 7 great grandchildren (William E. Fitzgibbon V, Henry Fitzgibbon, Harrison Fitzgibbon, William Bravender, Mitchell Rogers, Parker Rogers, and Kate Rogers). 

The family would suggest that any memorial gifts be made to the Helen and Nat Rogers Endowed Scholarship Fund at Millsaps College; 1701 North State Street, Jackson, Ms. 39210 Plans for a private family gathering are pending. 

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