Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 7:42 PM on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Charlotte Allen Rogers


Charlotte Allen Rogers

May 26, 1922- March 22, 2011

Long-time Alaska resident Charlotte Allen Rogers, 88, died March 22, 2011, in Homer. Born Charlotte Ellen Allen on May 26, 1922, to George Robert Allen and Katherine Clare Norton in Richwood, W. Va., she was one of five children. She attended St. Mary's School of Nursing through the Cadet Nurse Corps. After graduating, she headed north, exploring the Brooks Range with her uncle, Jess Allen, and began working as a nurse in Palmer as well as Fairbanks in the 1940s. She and her sister Betty had many Alaska adventures including traveling down the Yukon in 1949 with fellow travelers Don Kinner, Les Rogers and Betty Donnelly. Charlotte married Les Rogers and had two children, Kristin and Jesse. Charlotte and kids traveled to Europe for a summer working as a camp nurse in Italy and Germany. She returned to the U.S. in 1956, finally settling down in San Jose, Calif. in 1958. Upon her children's graduation from high school, she returned to her beloved Alaska as a nurse for the U.S. Native Hospital in Barrow. She canoed the Yukon again at the age of 58 with fellow Barrow nurses. After 15 years, she retired to Homer in 1985 where she enjoyed her log cabin built by Ed Scofield on East End Road overlooking the Kachemak Bay.

Charlotte, also known as "Aka," was passionate about civil rights and was a tireless advocate for social change. She was very involved in the Civil Rights movement while residing in San Jose as well as improving the plight of the migratory workers in California. She was a democratic delegate for California and active in the WILPF.

Every summer, the "Wolf Mother" took her children, nieces and nephews hiking the trails of Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and the High Sierras in northern California. Charlotte was an avid collector of classical music, books, rocks and Alaskan art. She enjoyed gardening at her Homer cabin, hiking and was an excellent cross country skier. She made annual trips to Denali Park with family and friends, camping at Wonder Lake. An avid lover of ethnic foods, especially Mexican food, she had a special love for avocado and Corona with lime.

Charlotte is survived by her sister, Betty Allen Kinner; brother, Robert Allen and his wife Juli Braund-Allen; daughter, Kristin Allen Kelly; son, Jesse Allen Rogers and his wife Becky; grandchildren, Julia Garcia, Caitlin Miller, Jamie Rogers and Michael Rogers; and great-grandson, Aiden Kier; as well as loving nieces and nephews and other extended family and devoted friends.

In death as in life, her independent passionate spirit is as free as the wind.

Donations in Charlotte's memory can be made to: Hospice of Homer, 323 Soundview Avenue B, Homer, Alaska 99603. Thoughts and memories can be shared at AkaChar22@gmail.com.