Glossie Mae Roehrick was born to Willie and Opal Boyette on Dec. 24, 1931, in Scottsdale, Ariz. She was delivered by a country doctor who, due to the holiday, never recorded her birth. Her sister and aunt later had to provide notarized documents to verify her birth date. She passed away at Texas County Memorial Hospital on Feb. 10, 2011, at the age of 79 years.
She married Otto Roehrick on Dec. 25, 1948. Until his death on Dec. 11, 1997, they were happily married for almost 49 years.
She was a close companion to her husband in his many business ventures over the years. Together they owned a gas station, restaurants, gift shops and a miniature golf course that told the story of the Pony Express trail from St. Joseph, Mo., to Sacramento, Calif.
She and her husband loved to travel, not by plane, but by any country road that looked interesting. She moved from California to Missouri with family in 2003. She was a devoted Jehovah’s Witness and had the ability to witness informally about her hope in God’s Kingdom whenever the opportunity arose.
Glossie was the devoted mother of Dennis and Kathy Roehrick of Nevada, Mo., and Diana and Willie Phillips of Licking, Mo. She is also survived by her sister, Dora D’Accardo of Modesto, Calif., and brother, William Boyette of Fairmount, Ill. She was the loving grandmother of Donia Camarena, Jene’ and Larry Simmons, Bryce and Dieu Phillips and Alicia and Isaias Bautista of Licking, Mo., Justin and Celeste Phillips of Fairmont, W.V., Lane and Andrea Phillips of Auburn, Calif., Lisa Walker of Tennessee, Corry Roehrick and Sarah King of Reno, Nev., Kimberly Hale of Phoenix, Ariz., and Carisa Schaffer of Sacramento, Calif. She is also survived by 18 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; two brothers, J.D. Boyette and Roy Boyette; and a great granddaughter, Isabella Bautista.
Memorial services were Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses of Licking, Mo., with Roger Boyd officiating. Cremation was under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.
In lieu of floral arrangements, the family respectfully requests donations be made to the TCMH Foundation in her honor for the loving care they provided to Glossie in her last day. Online condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com.