Friday, September 13, 2013 —
May 18, 1948 ~ Sept. 9, 2013
Jeanne Melanie Strickland Roach, educator, mother and a most proud “Grammee” died on September 9, 2013, at Oregon Health Science University’s Kohler Pavilion, in Portland, Ore., where she received a bone marrow transplant the end of May to combat MDS and has been rehospitalized since mid-June valiantly struggling against GVHD.
Jeanne was a diligent educator, serving as a public school teacher and librarian in North Carolina, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Jeanne’s teaching career spanned most every grade from lower elementary through high school. She embodied the best of her profession, taking personal interest in her students and treasuring the opportunity to “turn kids on” to reading and joy of learning. Before transitioning to the library for the last half of her career, Jeanne served beyond her classroom, coaching Odyssey of the Mind middle school teams.
As a school librarian, Jeanne took considerable personal time to research, study, and read, determining the most appropriate books to include in her school’s library. She enjoyed book-talking new additions to the library with her students to encourage readership. She also was a leader in arranging and hosting numerous authors and illustrators of children’s books to visit the libraries she served, again to encourage readership.
Since retiring in 2011, Jeanne enjoyed finally being able to read for her own personal enjoyment. Moving to Corvallis in 2012, she participated in the Newcomers Book Club of Corvallis and the Wednesday Book Group at Corvallis First Presbyterian Church, where she was a member. She also participated in the Great Decisions Program at CFPC. In addition, she enjoyed volunteering at Lincoln Elementary School where one of her granddaughters was in kindergarten.
When she wanted to be more active, Jeanne enjoyed hiking, yoga, cards, and time with her family – especially reading with Sarah, Maddie, Laura and Talon.
Jeanne was born to the late Olive (Daniels) and Melvin Leonard Strickland in Mobile, Ala.
She is survived by her husband, Tim; two daughter, Cristy Coffey (Greg) of Clayton, Mo. and Amy Ridling (Mike) of Albany Ore. And the spark of her life, her four grandchildren; Sarah, Maddie, Laura and Talon. Her five siblings also survive her, Liz Alexander of Dallas, Texas, Pat Green (Mike) of Tampa, Fla., Nona McDowell (Dave) of Pineville, Mo., Naomi Lasswell of Tampa, Fla. and Mike Strickland of Laurel, Miss.
Jeanne was a graduate of Murphy High School in Mobile, Ala. and Bellarmine-Ursuline College in Louisville, Ky.; she received her Masters of Library Science degree from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, N.C.
Since her days as a high school student during the integration of Murphy High and her time as a social studies teacher, Jeanne was a concerned citizen of the world, striving for understanding and betterment between all peoples.
In lieu of flowers, donations are encourage to the Presbyterian Education Board of Pakistan at Friends of PEB, PO Box 1311, St. Cloud, MN 56302.
A Celebration and Thanksgiving Service for the life of and love of Jeanne Roach will be at First Presbyterian Church of Corvallis at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 12, 2013.
Arrangements are by McHenry Funeral Home, Corvallis, Ore.