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NEWTON, N.H. — Myrtle B. (Fanjoy Newhall) Rogers, beloved mother, grandmother, relative, and friend, received the long awaited call to join her Savior in eternity.And, as it was not within her will or her power to resist, we remain missing and remembering her heart and legacy. To God be the glory.

Born March 24, 1925 in Haverhill, daughter of the late Rufus Cecil and Rose (Chabot) Fanjoy. Myrtle resided in Newton, N.H., for the past 51 years, mostly in the family-built home she designed.

A graduate of Haverhill High School, Class of 1943, and the New England School of Religious Education, Myrtle married Roland I. "Pete" Rogers in 1952, and became his widow 40 years later.

Mrs. Rogers was an active community servant throughout her life; a long term volunteer for numerous worthy causes.

In Newton, she was instrumental in starting the Conservation Commission, Historical Society, and Marshall House Town Museum, and served at the First Christian Church in many capacities since 1960, including Deaconess and Elder.

A member of the NH House of Representatives from 1973 to 1983, Myrtle's focus was Environment, Agriculture, and the Elderly.

She enjoyed being a 4H club leader, tent camping, gardening, crafts, and Wednesday evenings with the Gale Library Cribbage group.

Myrtle is survived by son, Richard F. Newhall (Susan) of Frisco Texas; daughter, Rebecca J. McGowan (Bryan M.) of Newton, N.H.; foster son, Mark A. Swasey (Ann) of Bridgton, Maine; foster daughter, Mary A. Deane (Robert) of Meadeville, Pa.; sister, Pearl Jackson (A.P.), of Springfield, Ill.; grandchildren, Danika R. and Audra J. McGowan of Newton, N.H., Brian L. and Meredith Hurd of Frisco, Texas, TSgt Christopher J. (USAF) and Kendra Deane of Princeton, La., Hollie and Ed Hammond of Amesbury, Alice Downs of Hampton, N.H., Amanda Swasey of Saco, Maine; great-grandchildren, Colby, Caden and Colin Hurd, Brandon Deane, Taelin Villarreal, Mark, Allysa and Rose Hammond, Christina and Cassandra Downs; nieces, nephews, beloved family and friends.

ARRANGEMENTS: A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, 11 a.m., at the former First Christian Church, 5 Amesbury Road, Newton, N.H. Reception to follow at the Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Myrtle Rogers' memory to Shekinah International Missions, P.O. Box 224, East Kingston, NH 03827 or to Rockingham Nutrition Meals on Wheels, 106 North Road, Brentwood, NH 03833.
Published on  February 10, 2011
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