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Date published: 2/10/2013

Betty Shelhorse Rogers

Betty Lou Shelhorse Rogers passed away Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in Naples, Fla., at the age of 84.

Raised in Fredericksburg, Betty was the first child born to Mary Sledd Freeman Shelhorse and John Coleman Shelhorse Jr. Her three brothers and their spouses, John Coleman III and Bonnie, James Freeman and Jane, and William Sledd and Sally, survive her.

Betty attended James Monroe High School, where she was both head cheerleader and queen of the homecoming court. She attended Mary Washington College, graduating with honors in 1948 at age 20 with degrees in English and physical education. Her most treasured accomplishment at Mary Washington was as captain of the Cavalry.

She remained an accomplished equestrienne, taught English and physical education and coached the girls basketball team at James Monroe before meeting the love of her life, Edwin Lloyd Rogers, a Marine veteran who landed in Fredericksburg after the war and stole her heart.

They married only a few months after meeting. It was a true love story. Betty then taught English in the Virginia Beach school system for 23 years and was recognized as Virginia's Teacher of the Year.

Five children and two daughters-in-law, Edwin Lloyd Rogers Jr., Mary Kimberley, Lisabeth Kirk Wellman, John Charles (Alex) and Robert Freeman (Sarah) survive her. She adored her children; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was an exemplary teacher, coach, wife, mother, friend, grandmother, great-grandmother and, above all, the cherished matriarch of the family

A celebration of her life was held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Marco Island, Fla., on Feb. 9.

Memorial donations in her honor may be made to a charity of one's choice.