Nancy Rogers Sever, 90, passed away October 7, 2022, after a short illness. Born in Hialeah, Fl, on April 2, 1932, to Charles and Roberta “Tess” Rogers, she attended Hialeah High and the University of Florida.
Nancy had a life-long interest in politics and good government, joined the League of Women Voters when she was 21, and voted in every election. She worked for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, was an early supporter of women seeking political office, and in the 1970’s and 80’s worked in the pioneering campaigns of Betty Castor, Pat Frank, and Mary Figg, among others. Nancy served on the Temple Terrace City Council and ran for the Florida House in 1980.
She worked as a bookkeeper to support her husband through medical school and managed his practice in Temple Terrace for years.
She settled in Gainesville after her divorce, where she continued her League work, was active with Planned Parenthood, Friends of the Library, and the arts. With an abiding interest in international rights for women and children, she joined the United Nations Association, and attended the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. She appreciated art and design, sought out treasures on her frequent travels, and insisted, even to her last days, that everything should be just-so. She enjoyed a good joke, a great novel, and the challenge of bridge.
Nancy is survived by daughters Grace Hinton (Stephen) and Claire Sever (Jeff Bunkin), and three adored grandchildren, as well as by sisters Barbara Soldwedel and Marjory Kline, and five nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister Lucille Matteo.
Private service at the Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Planned Parenthood (https://www.weareplannedparenthood.org/) or the League of Women Voters (https://lwvfl.org/).