SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

May 7, 2014

Courtney Rogers, 37


Aurora, CO — Courtney Rogers, 37, of Englewood, Colo., formerly of Topsfield, passed away on April 2, 2014, at the University of Colorado Hospital. While she struggled with her health in her last year, at no point did she give up the smile, wit, sass, and grace that were her trademarks throughout her life.

Born in Danvers, she was the beloved daughter of Beth Rogers of Topsfield and David Rogers of Westwood. Courtney was raised in Topsfield, and was a 1995 graduate of Masconomet Regional High School.

She was a star tennis player at Masco and at Bass River Tennis Club, and had the opportunity to play summer tennis in Sweden and England. Before those summers, she’d spend time laughing, swimming, and playing four-square, or mix tapes at Sandy Island in Lake Winnipesaukee.

Courtney went on to receive both her Bachelor of Arts and her MBA from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. She was employed as a consultant for KPMG in New York City before moving to Denver to work in Kaiser Permanente’s Strategic Planning Group. She was a finisher in the 2001 Honolulu Marathon, and completed several half-marathons and 200-mile team relay races.

Courtney found joy and laughter with her friends, her dogs, driving a convertible, enjoying the Colorado sunshine, cooking, decorating, and buying shoes. Her outgoing personality, charm, and brilliant smile touched friends and strangers alike. Courtney’s house was open to friends for fun, or for solace, and was always full during the holidays.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her brothers, David “Jeb” Rogers of Topsfield, and Brett Rogers, his wife, Julie, and their daughters, Grayson, 7, and Caroline, 5, all of Atlanta, Ga. They all loved her very much, are grateful for the time they had with her, and will think of her every day and they will smile when they do.

To honor her memory, please consider being an organ donor so that others need not suffer as she did.

ARRANGEMENTS: There will be a gathering to celebrate her life at the Ipswich Museum, 54 South Main Street, Ipswich, on Saturday, May 10, from 2 to 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Boston Youth Sanctuary at www.bostonyouthsanctuary.org, or the charity of your choice. To send a condolence to her family, please visit www.whittier-porter.com.