Rogene Smith, of Brookfield, died Monday, January 22, 2018, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.
Rogene Smith, of Brookfield, died Monday, January 22, 2018, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia. A celebration of her life will be Saturday, January 27, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. at Park Baptist Church in Brookfield with Pastor David Blakely officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Brookfield. The family will receive friends Friday, January 26, 2018 from 6:00 until 8:00 in the evening at Wright Funeral Home in Brookfield. Memorials to Shriner’s Hospital or Grand Oaks Baptist Assembly may be left at or mailed to Wright Funeral Home, P.O. Box 496, Brookfield, MO 64628. Carol Rogene Kennedy, the only child of Virgil Loring and Eugenia Ruth (Luyster) Kennedy, was born November 14, 1930, at the family home north of Brookfield. On May 7, 1950, she married George Arthur Hayen at the Kennedy home. Four daughters were born to this union. Cheryl and John Bradley, Carol and Michael Ballard, Beverly and Jerry Staley and Barbara and Greg Buckallew; grandchildren, Matthew and Wren Bradley, Laura and Joel Ewing, Candace and Josh Miller, Brett Neckermann, Cara and Shawn McCormack, Craig and Bayley Staley, Adam and Sarah Buckallew and Caleb and Amanda Buckallew; great-grandchildren, Dexter Bradley Pearson, Nathaniel, Emily and Parker Pearson, Lillian Bradley, Avery and Isla Miller, Augustus Ewing, Riley Staley, Chase McCormack, Vann and Nora Staley, Brandon Buckallew and Connor Buckallew; a sister-in-law, Dorsalene Hayen; a neice, Paula Hamilton; and a nephew, Gary Hayen. Mrs. Hayen had been actively associated with her husband in the construction business for more than 25 years. George Hayen was killed in a farm accident, September 5, 1983. After his death, she returned to college at Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville and received a BSE Degree in May of 1986. She was employed by the Marceline R-V School District for 12 years as Parent Educator of the Parents as Teachers Program. On April 2, 1988, Rogene married Ivy Vernadale Isaacson of Callao in Brookfield. Mr. Isaacson died quite suddenly on January 24, 1989. On April 15, 2001, she married Marshall Holt Smith, who survives of the home. She is also survived by her step-children, Lyn and Ash Shah and Mark and Beverly Smith. Rogene always worked with young people in 4-H Clubs, Girl Scouts, the Order of Rainbow For Girls, and at Park Baptist Church. She was Mother Advisor of Brookfield Assembly #61 (Rainbow Girls) for 11 years, a member of the local advisory board and a member of the State Executive Board for several years. She was also a member of the Grand Cross of Color. Rogene was a 55 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and held many offices in the organization including Worthy Matron and District Deputy Grand Matron. Rogene was very active in Park Baptist Church, having become a member in 1957. She held many offices at the church, including serving as Youth Coordinator for 8 years. Mrs. Smith was also active in community affairs. She served on the Brookfield Library Board for 8 years, was on the City Council from 1987 to 1990. She served as City Council woman again until April 1994. She was the first woman in Brookfield to serve on the city council. She was a graduate of the Brookfield Leadership Academy and a past member of The Leadership Task Board and attended meetings about the Highway 36 Coalition to promote Brookfield. She was also a past member of the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce. Rogene was very interested in genealogy and worked several hours on completing her family tree. She loved to visit with cousins and relatives from all over the United States. With her love for genealogy she was a member of the Linn County Historical Society, serving as president and secretary for several years. She was one of the founding members of the Tillman Museum in Brookfield. Mrs. Smith was also a member and “Queen Bee” of the Red Hat Rovers. She loved planning outings and socializing with the members. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Linn County Retired Teachers and Public School Personnel where she served as President for 2 years and was on the Legislative Committee for several years. Rogene enjoyed reading, playing the piano and traveling. She always felt she had lived a full life. She enjoyed being around people and was usually involved in several activities at the same time. Her parents; brother-in-law, Gerald F. Hayen; son-in-law, David R. Neckermann and granddaughter, Katherine Jean Bradley Pearson also preceded her in death.