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Bernita Rogers died peacefully at her home in Dodge City, KS, Monday, January 23, 2012. She was 72 years old. She worked at Erv’s Body Shop in Dodge City. Bernita May Prophet was born September 4, 1939, at the family home, rural Buffalo, OK. She was the middle of three children born to Samuel Jones Prophet and Myrtle May Limb Prophet. Her siblings, as far as Bernita was concerned, also included the children from her dad’s marriage to Maude Virtue Serviss Prophet. Bernita accepted Christ as her personal Savior when she was thirteen years old. She and her husband were members of the First Baptist Church, Buffalo, and later, served and worshipped at the First Southern Baptist Church, Dodge City, KS. She attended Buffalo Schools, graduating from Buffalo High School in 1957. She completed several courses at Dodge City Community College. Bernita married her sweetheart, Kenneth Ralph Rogers, March 13, 1957. They were parents of Sheri, Dana, and Lisa. She and Ralph operated Rogers Electric in Buffalo several years before moving to Dodge City. They enjoyed their time in Dodge City and formed lasting friendships at work and church. Ralph went before her to their Heavenly Home August 5, 2003. Her grandparents and parents preceded her in death. Also preceding her were siblings and their spouses, Vearl Prophet, Mearl and Mildred Mix Prophet, Lillie and Virgil “Buck” Wilkinson and Clarence Berends, Alfred and Margaret Dewey Prophet; Virgil and Evelyn Story Prophet, Clifford “Sandy” and Vivian Minnick Prophet, Cecil Prophet, and Delbert and Yvonne Hopkins Prophet. She is survived by her children, Sheri Small, Lawrence, KS; Dana Steely, Federal Heights, CO; and Lisa Bice, Amarillo, TX; grandchildren, Jessica (Jeremy) Cherry, Topeka, KS; Sheena Small and Ian Small, both of Lawrence, KS; Emily Rogers, Denver, CO; Sgt. Josh (Courtney) Bice, Fort Riley, KS; and Jesse (Kallie) Bice, Wayside, TX. Also surviving is her brother and sister-in-law, Johnny and Frances Taft Prophet, Luther, OK; sister, Sheila Prophet, Edmond, OK; and sisters-in-law, Wanda Rogers Journagan, Meade, KS; Volney Remmele Prophet, Buffalo, OK; and Evelyn Fair Prophet, El Paso, TX. Also surviving are five great grandchildren, Trinity, Damarion, Dezmond, Sienna, and Jordan, as well as many nieces and nephews.
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