Grace A. Packish Rogers of Falmouth died November 26 after a lengthy battle with kidney disease. She was 76.
She was the wife of Falmouth Fire Chief James F. Rogers, who died in 2013.
Ms. Rogers was born in Oak Bluffs. She was the daughter of Annie Arruda of Oak Bluffs and Earl H. Bass of Chicago. She graduated fro Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School in 1964, where she was a standout basketball player.
In Falmouth, Ms. Rogers drove a school bus for many years. She was honored as the bus driver of the year in 2006-2007. During summers she drove buses for the Steamship Authority.
On Monday, the select board proclaimed December 3, 2021, Grace Rogers Day in recognition of her service to the town.
Earlier this year, Mr. Rogers discovered who her biological father was and learned that she had several other siblings.
She leaves seven children and two stepchildren, Dennis, Glen and his fiancée Dee Vuncannon, Ann and her fiancé Scott Lambert, James and his wife Ela, Michael and his wife Stacey, Pamela and her partner John Munroe, Richard and his wife Debbi, Terrance and his wife Megan, John and his wife Katelyn; 19 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She also leaves siblings Theresa Baptiste, George Packish, Mardell Francis, Emily Frank, Roger Bass and Merle Heineke.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her siblings, Robert Packish, Bernice Packish, Richard Packish, Clement Packish, Marjorie Denningham, Elizabeth Blanchard and Earl M. Bass.
A graveside service was held December 3 at the Church of the Messiah on Church Street, Woods Hole.