Amelia M. Rogers – Amy was born on July 17, 1917, in New York to immigrant parents. After graduating from an all-girls high school she worked for Davis and Geck, making surgical sutures. During World War II, Amy was among the first to volunteer for the U.S. Navy Reserve WAVES. She was stationed at Hunter College in New York City for “boot camp”. Additional training was at Norman, OK as part of the first group of women to become aircraft mechanics.
After completing the training, Amy was assigned to Pensacola, FL to repair and maintain training planes, also instructing aviation cadets in “aircraft recognition”. Volunteering for overseas assignment resulted in her being among the first WAVES to be assigned to Naval Air Station Barbers Point, Oahu. After attaining the rank of First Class Petty Officer – Aviation Machinist Mate, Amy met her husband, Chief Petty Officer Harry Rogers.
In 1946, at the conclusion of the war they were married in Massachusetts and resided there for 6 years. The couple moved to the West Coast in 1952 when Harry accepted employment with United Airlines. For 11 years they lived in Redwood City where Amy was employed by Lenkurt Electronics in San Carlos. That was followed by employment at the Menlo-Atherton High School Cafeteria.
In 1962 the couple purchased a vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley of Healdsburg. The family worked the farm on weekends and vacations. To get closer to the farm, the family moved to San Rafael in 1965 where Amy was employed as one of the first female letter carriers for the US Postal Service.
Five years later the couple relocated to their permanent residence in Healdsburg. Amy was deeply involved in community, supporting the Alexander Valley Ladies Aid group, Healdsburg Senior Center, and the Dry Creek Valley Association.
She passed away peacefully in her sleep on April 6, 2007 at the age of 89.
Amy is survived by her husband of 61 years, Harry. She was mother to three children: Phyllis Moore (Rogers), Mike and Wayne Rogers. Phyllis and husband Steve parented daughters Nicole and Stephanie. Michael Rogers is married to Diane Wolfe and has a daughter, Ashley. Wayne Rogers is married to Pauline and lives in the local community with their daughter, Kelly, and son, Andrew. Amy is also survived by five great grandchildren.
Amy broke many barriers for women during her lifetime, from turning wrenches on aircraft to delivering mail. Her ability to make instantaneous life-long friends wherever she went is something we all will miss.