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June 28, 2007

Tribute: Agnes Blackwood Rogers, 85, longtime teacher

While a teacher at the former School Street School in Haverhill, Agnes Blackwood Rogers, with help from her husband, Paul Rogers, would provide winter clothing and warm meals for her students.

"At the time, some of my mother's children (students) came from unfortunate circumstances," said Mrs. Rogers' son, Paul C. Rogers Jr. "Some of the little tykes would come to school in the winter without warm clothes or shoes and my mom and dad would help them. My parents didn't have a lot at the time, but it was important to them to help the kids."

Before teaching at School Street School, Mrs. Rogers was a high school English teacher in Barre, Vt. She taught English at the former Haverhill Trade School and was a longtime substitute teacher at the Pentucket Regional Junior and Senior High School. She also taught at Reynolds Institute on the subject of The Bible as Literature, and, after her retirement, she became a professor of English literature at Eastern Nazarene College.

"She loved her profession," Paul C. Rogers Jr. said of his mother's teaching career.

Mrs. Rogers was also co-owner of the Paul C. Rogers & Sons Family Funeral Homes of Amesbury, Haverhill, Merrimac and Newburyport with her late husband, Paul C. Rogers, and two sons.

On Sunday afternoon, June 24, 2007, Agnes Blackwood (Cubie) Rogers of West Newbury died peacefully at the home of her daughter, surrounded by her loving family. She was 85 and the devoted wife of the late Paul C. Rogers, who died Sept. 8, 1993.

"The family business started at the building in Monument Square (344 Main St., Haverhill)," said Paul C. Rogers Jr. "My mother was a teacher at the time but she also was a receptionist at the funeral home."

Mrs. Rogers was born in Peabody, Mass., on June 23, 1922. She was the daughter of the late Rev. James Murray Cubie and Catherine Brown Rankin, both of Scottish heritage.

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