On February 12th, 2021, Kathleen Ann Wilkin Rogers passed away peacefully at the age of 72. She was born in Ontario, OR, to Jacqueline (Jackie Dillon) and Gerald Wilkin in 1948. Raised in a loving devout Catholic household she was the eldest of five close-knit siblings. She was a loving, amazing daughter and sister. The family settled in Boise, Idaho, where she attended Sacred Heart, Saint Theresa and Bishop Kelly (66’). She attended Boise State College (71’), and was the President of the charter class of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. She received a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and met James (Jim) E Rogers. They married shortly after graduation and began their United States Marine Corp service, with Jim attending flight school. A few years later they had their son, Matthew, followed by two daughters, Jennifer and Jamie. Jim was deployed overseas on three separate occasions, leaving the sole responsibility of the child rearing with Kathy, which she did with grace and immense love. Relocations, traveling and adventures continued throughout their USMC service, including Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Southern California, where they met dear friends, enjoyed many sporting events and raised three children.
Eventually returning to their hometown of Boise, Idaho, Kathy was able to reunite with her parents, siblings, large extended family and close longtime friends. In retirement, she considered herself fortunate to travel throughout the United States as well as Europe with family and friends. Kathy enjoyed time with family and close friends above all else but allowed time for Longaberger Baskets, sewing, crafting, Dodger baseball, Boise State football and Gonzaga basketball.
Kathy is preceded in death by her parents, Jacqueline and Gerald Wilkin, as well as her in laws Josephine and Ralph Rogers.
Kathy is survived by her spouse, retired Lt Col James Rogers (married 51 years) and their children, Matt (Deborah) Rogers, Jennifer (Tony) Drost and Jamie (Charlie) Chisolm. She had eight grandchildren which she adored beyond measure – Taylor, Brittney, Brooke, Cody, Hailey, Blake, Gabrielle and Dylan. She had four loving siblings – Denny Wilkin, Patricia Wees, Richard (Dick) Wilkin and Mary Cronin, as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was loved by many, an amazing wife, mother and grandmother, sister and friend. She will be missed terribly but has been welcomed into heaven and the loving arms of her dear mother and father, which she missed terribly.
Due to covid, a private funeral service will be observed, with a celebration of life to follow at a later date.
Donna Norvell Burch saysFebruary 19, 2021 at 12:50 pm
So very sorry for your loss. A great person and will be missed greatly. I know Jennifer and so sorry.
Colleen Maloney saysFebruary 20, 2021 at 11:26 am
I am so sorry that Kathy is gone. I knew her from our Sacred Heart days to the present. She was a good and loyal friend, fun to be with and helpful to everyone. She had an ease about her that attracted so many. Her beautifully written obituary perfectly reflects who she was and how we can remember her.
Carol Rice Martin saysMarch 27, 2021 at 10:54 am
Kathy will be missed by the many people who knew and loved her. She was the same fun-loving, caring, smiling person I knew from when we first met in the 7th grade until I last saw her a few months ago.
Even dealing with her health challenges, her sweet personality did not change. My condolences to her loved ones, Carol Martin