Our beautiful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend to all, Alice Gardner Cannon Rogers passed gracefully from this life on Thursday, April 6th at the age of 92.
Alice was born on May 19th, 1930, in New Haven, Connecticut to Sinclair Denyer Cannon and Phyllis Ward Gilbert. Her adventurous childhood was happily played out during the Great Depression on a small farm in New England with her six siblings: Victor Ellsworth, Phyllis Christine, Isabelle Sinclair, SInclair Gilbert (twin brother), Welles Pinney and Charles Tiffany, her last surviving sibling.
At a very young age Alice’s devotion to Christ was born. She lived her life in such a way as to please Him above all else. After joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, at the age of 17, she moved to Provo, Utah to attend college at “The BYU.” She served stake missions and a mission to the New England States. In 1955, she married the love of her life, Clair Winston Rogers. Together they had 7 children: Clair Winston Jr., who preceded her in death (Bonnie), Scott Cannon (Peggy), Ted Bushman (Teresa), Karl Gilbert (Holly), Kathleen Alice (Ron, the late Keith Allred), Robert Arnold (Marianne), and Jonathan Nephi (Stacey).
Clair and Alice loved the restored gospel in its fullness. In 1972 Clair married Helen Doxey, which was a fulfillment of a promise he had made Alice before they were married: that they would live all of the restored laws of the gospel. She inherited the name of “Mother Alice” when “Little” Alice was born to “Mother Helen”, who left us far too soon. Alice cared for, claimed, and loved Mother Helen’s children as her own: Luke (Angie), “Little” Alice (Jeff), Moses (Amanda), Mary (Dave), Tom (Torie), Jared (Dollie, Jessica), William (Jenna), Gregory, John (Amber). From this wonderful union of families has come a multitude of beloved grandchildren (70) and great-grandchildren (84), with more to come!
Alice became an avid student of the scriptures and a lover of truth. She spent her whole life loving the Lord, which was shown through her never-ending gratitude and her extraordinary, loving kindness which she showered upon her fellowmen. She thrived on teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to anyone who would listen, both young and old. This was her life’s breath. She always had great passion for life, and anyone who knew her and felt her love would agree that even in her old age, she would light up every room and every life she touched. Her positive attitude was infectious.
Her children remember her as being unique in her self-discipline. Her quest for mastery of self, started early in her life. Challenging herself on a regular basis to control her temper led to complete control of even her thoughts, as well as words and actions. In her journal, she wrote, “Find out the will of God and do it whole-heartedly.” That is what she did.
We are confident that she will be anxiously engaged in the work that she loves most as she is reunited with her eternal companion, Clair, Helen, Win, and all her loved ones, faithfully back home again.
As we lay her to rest, we call her name Blessed among women. We love you, Mother Alice. May God bless and keep you until we meet again.
Funeral services for Sister Alice will be held in Rocky Ridge, Utah at the MLA building, 157 North Rockwell Drive. Viewings will be held on Sunday, April 9, 2023, from 7 – 9 p.m. and Monday, April 10, from 9 – 10:30 a.m. prior to the funeral at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Riverton City Cemetery, 1540 W 13200 S, Riverton, Utah.