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Mary Margaret Ellis Rodden, 69 of Rogersville, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday morning, September 8th, 2023 at Copper Rock Village in Rogersville, Missouri, following an 11-year progression of primary progressive aphasia and dementia.

She married Randy Rodden, the love of her life, on June 24, 1978, also in Hannibal at Mt. Zion Christian Church. A natural teacher and encourager who effortlessly met kids on their level, Mary taught second grade in Hannibal and later developed and directed a preschool at Campbell United Methodist Church in Springfield, Missouri.

She is survived by her husband, Randy; her two sons and their wives Mike and Lisa Rodden and Will and Tabi Rodden; her grandchildren Kit, Ava, Eli, Cooper, Kinley, and Nash; sisters Jean Powers and Kay Ellis; nephew Matt Powers and niece Dawn Neupert.

A service will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church, 922 W. Republic Rd. in Springfield at 2:30 pm on Tuesday, September 12th, 2023. Visitation will take place directly before the service from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm at Wesley.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to either the Children’s Miracle Network ; Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals P.O. Box 8812, Springfield, MO 65801) or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105).

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Herman H. Lohmeyer Funeral Home, 500 E. Walnut Street in Springfield, Missouri.