August 21, 2000
She was born November 27, 1920, one of four children, in Shrewsbury, Kentucky. Her parents, Tom and Fanny Nash, were farmers. Cuba Lee grew up there with her family and her pony, Billy. She was a trick rider, performing for fun and money.
She married William Thomas Rogers, Jr. They honeymooned in Havana, Cuba. Her husband was a salesman, and they moved often in their lifetime together. In later years, she remarked that she had lived in more states than most people visit, including Kentucky, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, and Washington.
Cuba Lee worked with her husband and cared for both his mother and grandmother until their deaths. She also traveled to Europe, visiting France, Germany, England, and Switzerland.
Cuba Lee was politically active in the 1950s. She and her husband were invited to Eisenhower's inauguration in 1952. They also hosted the former Shah of Iran in their home.
After her husband's death in 1975, she moved back to Arizona to be close to her sons and their families. She worked at ITT Courier until she retired. After retirement, she began a new career as a nanny. She taught values, honor, manners, and the ABCs to the children she cared for. Her Scottsdale home was filled with her children's friends. Almost everyone who knew her called her "Mom."
In 1988, she moved to Duvall to live with her daughter, Paula, and her husband, Brian. She continued caring for over 40 children at Lake Margaret and all around the Eastside. She said, "There are no bad children, just some need more love and discipline than others."
Cuba Lee was a Christian, a faith that brought her peace. She was a soldier for the Salvation Army and rang the bell at Christmas every year she was able.
Cuba Lee was a devoted and wonderful daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mother, daughter-in-law, grandmother, great grandmother, friend, and caregiver. Practically everyone she met went away with a hug and a smile.
Cuba Lee was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Tommy; her brother, William "Pinky" Nash; and her sister, Ruby Layman. She is survived by her children, Bill, Jimmy and Paula; her beloved dog, Sadie; her extended family, Brian Pugh, Frances Rogers, Kim Douglas, her sister, Velma "Sis" Vincent of Louisville, Kentucky; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A celebration of her life is planned for Saturday, Sept. 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Lake Margaret. Please contact Paula Rogers for more information at 425-788-4219. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to Evergreen Hospital, where Cuba Lee received such loving care.