Cary Elizabeth Rogers

Cary Elizabeth Rogers

Cary Elizabeth Rogers

November 22, 1953 – September 3, 2017

Cary Elizabeth Rogers passed on September 3rd, 2017 in her home peacefully surrounded by her children and life long friends.

After standing up to cancer for the second time, Cary fought her hardest until the very end. 

Cary was born in Duncan, B.C. on November 22nd, 1953 to loving parents Harvey and Gloria Carnell (nee Norfolk) of Lake Cowichan, B.C.

She was the proud sister to Daniel Carnell (Janice) and Lori Carnell. As a child, her family grew up on the Cowichan Lake where she spent endless hours in the water, camping with her family and playing with the Castaways Crew.

On July 25th, 1981 Cary married the love of her life, Norman Rogers Jr. of Port Renfrew, B.C.

Cary and Norm cherished their weekends at the boy scout camp, exploring the island, and going to concerts. Although she achieved many great things, becoming Mom to Rylan, Jaela, and Kale was her greatest success. 

Soon after her youngest was born, the “Rogers Clan” moved to the great white north to raise their children in the small town of Mackenzie, B.C.

As a leader of the school P.A.C. committee and her involvement with countless fundraisers, Cary quickly became a familiar face within the community. Following her passion for helping children, she found herself on the Dean’s list after returning to college in her 40’s.

Cary took pride in guiding troubled youth within a group home which led her to a long tenured, highly successful and rewarding career in special education. She always said, “make your passion your paycheque” and led by example.

In her most recent years, Cary moved back home, discovered a love for travel, tended to her beautiful garden, and reacquainted with the people who were always most important to her. 

Cary will be most remembered for being thoughtful, selfless, joyful, inclusive and loving her “kids”. There is nothing she loved more than putting a smile on the face of others. 

“One hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the type of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove. But the world may be different because I was important to the life of a child.”

A celebration of life for Cary will take place next spring. Details of the Celebration will be announced on a later date.

Mackenzie Secondary school in Mackenzie B.C. will be presenting an award during convocation this year in honour of Cary.

She loved her job more than anything and the family feels it fitting that an award be given in her name to a graduating student pursuing a career in education.

All donations are appreciated and can be inquired about either through contacting Rylan, Jaela, and Kale, or through e-mail at, cary.award@gmail.com


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