Roxy was born August 21, 1957 in Topeka, Kansas to Robert Rusch and Ruthe Atwood. She was the step-daughter of Carlos Clarke of Benton, Kan. She was the oldest of seven children. She grew up in the Wichita, Kan. area and Southern California. She graduated from West High School in Torrance, Calif. in 1975.
Roxy and her family moved to Thompson Falls in 1987. She owned and operated Falls Fast Foto for several years and also worked at several local businesses over time. She enjoyed serving her community and made many friends throughout her 27 years there. Her most cherished job was being a mother and grandmother. She loved her grandbabies more than life itself and could be heard bragging about all nine of them on multiple occasions.
Roxy loved to bowl. Through the years, she attended many USBC state tournaments and also competed in the USBC Women’s International Bowling Tournament’s for the past 25 years. She often talked about these trips as being some of her best memories. She enjoyed many other activities including playing cards with the girls.
Roxy leaves behind her long-term partner and the love of her life, Douglas Willhite. She talked about the time they spent together, as having the best time of her life. She loved spending time with him whether they were traveling, gardening, or going to concerts or football games. She loved her garden and enjoyed the opportunity to teach her grandkids about planting and growing vegetables. She was very proud of the veggies that she and Doug could provide for their family and friends.
Roxy had a loving and nurturing way with people and she will be missed for her kindness, graciousness, her smile and her laughter. She will be missed by many.
Roxy is survived by her step-father, Carlos Clarke, sister, Deborah (Dennis) Engels of El Dorado, Kan.; brother, Robert (Carole) Rusch of Poway, Calif.; and step-brother Dave Clarke, of Benton, Kan. She is also survived by her three children, Brent (Shannon) Lovell of Longmont, Col., Angela (Robert) Frank of Thompson Falls and Emily (Dustin) Schilling of Thompson Falls; nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her father and mother and siblings Christie Weintraub, Craig Rusch and Don Clarke. She joins many loved ones that have passed on.
A memorial service will be held at the TFHS gym at 3 p.m. Sunday June 8 with a casual gathering following the service at the Rimrock Lodge. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Cancer Network of Sanders County in Roxy’s name.