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Virginia Roche
  • December 21, 1910
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  • April 19, 2013

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Virginia H Roche, passed away Friday, April 19, 2013 of natural causes. She was predeceased by her husband Lt Col Paul Roche, US Army. Virginia was born in Tampa Florida December 21, 1910 and was one of eight children. As a toddler the family moved to Jacksonville where she grew up. She later moved to New Smyrna Beach where she was a resident for over 40 years. She was known to fight for a cause all the way to Tallahassee- with children and animals at the top of her priority list because they are so helpless. She was very active in the Democratic Party and was a Florida Convention delegate for President Bill Clinton. Virginia was a retired social worker and a graduate of the University of Florida. Early in the Korean War she worked three years in the Osaka Army Hospital, Osaka, Japan in charge of the out-patient clinic and then was recruited by the American Red Cross. She was sent to Germany for three more years. She is survived by several nephews and nieces. Life Celebration will be 1:00 PM Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Baldwin Brothers Heritage Place 1 North Causeway New Smyrna Beach FL. Private interment will be at Sea Pines Memorial Gardens.  Memorial donations are requested in her memory to South East Volusia Humane Society, 1200 South Glencoe Road, New Smyrna Beach, FL  32168.  www.SEVhumanesociety.org  

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  1. Phyllis Fairley says:
    27 Apr 2013
    Virginia and I were neighbors and although we knew each other before the '04 hurricanes, it was after Charley that she, my husband Jim and I truly bonded. Virginia and I talked a wonderful passer-by to bring us ice...20 lbs of it! We spoke of art and music; things that we both hold dear. And, she encouraged me in both. Simply put...I love Virginia...and, since LOVE cannot die...I always shall love her. It was an honor and a blessing to have had her in my life.

  2. Pam Coomes says:
    26 Apr 2013
    My sweet Virginia. I will miss our weekly visits. Over the last few years, you became a very special person in my life. I was always amazed to learn something new about you at every visit. There was never a dull moment. We shared the same passion for animals in need. In your honor, I will continue to help as many as I can. I wish I shared your passion for good food. I was always so amazed by how much you could eat, and always healthy food. And a glass of red wine to follow up the meal.
    I still need to find that right bottle of wine, I know that had to help you stay on this earth as long as you did. I will toast your life and boy!what a life to toast. You will always have a place in my heart. You are my friend, now and forever. I love you and miss you so very much. Golf balls forever!

  3. Mark Etheredge says:
    26 Apr 2013
    All those who knew Virginia were guided by her wisdom. She was our rudder, guiding us through the shifting currents of our lives with her wit, warm humor and eloquent words of support. Her attentive nature to the minute details of OUR lives made her the arbiter of our decisions. Virginia's strength of conviction for the causes which were an important part of her life should not go unheeded. Those who knew her will carry these issues forward. Of myself, I will sorely miss our "talks". Time always seem to pass to quickly when we were together. I will miss her counsel, gentle persuasion and quick correction for a word misspoken. We spent the many months last year attending local Democrat club meetings and keeping active prior to the last election. Virginia and I spent election night together watching the returns while sipping wine and receiving convivial calls from friends. Virginia was overjoyed that OUR president was reelected. She took special satisfaction and joy in knowing that the American people elected the first African American president and spoke often about that fact. Virginia of course loved animals and all "precious" things that had no "voice". She much enjoyed her constant visits with Maggie, an independent canine, with whom Virginia made acquaintance and bonded with quiet graciousness. Maggie would arrive to Virginia's room to find a waiting bowl of water on the floor and the air conditioner set to cold (Maggie preferred it that way). Virginia and I discussed many philosophies of thought regarding mind, knowledge, existence and more. Virginia's thirst for knowledge in the abstract was keen, always seeking a greater truth of understanding. Her mind never idled. Virginia, I know in the ethereal infinity of our existence, that your soul has been and will always be.

  4. Palma Bygness and Connie Forgues says:
    26 Apr 2013
    Dear Aunt Virginia, we will miss seeing you at Keith's place. You have always brightened every room you enter. With your humor, your wit, and your passion for life you have enriched our life. We will not forget you, we love you very much.

  5. Sandy Weigle says:
    25 Apr 2013
    I have so many fond memories of Aunt Virginia on different occasions. I especially enjoyed the quiet dinners when we could chat. You always wanted to sit next to me and hear about my latest travels, and of course, we could talk about the political scene as you were a strong Democrat as I am. I will miss you, but I am so glad to have known you for those years. My thoughts are with Paul and the family.

  6. Meryl Crews says:
    25 Apr 2013
    Aunt Virginia you were a 'gracious lady' to the end. You were always so poised, pleasant, and lived life to the fullest! I admired you so much. I enjoyed your company the few times that we went to breakfast or dinner together with Lon, Keith and Pam. You will be missed so much but I know that you are in a much better place than we are. With very fond memories of you, Meryl

  7. Lon H. Stanley says:
    25 Apr 2013
    On the road that we call life, we learn and grow from our experiences and the many people that we meet along the way. By chance, my path lead me to the door of Virginia Roche. For that, I will be forever grateful. Wow, what a special person you were. Everybody loved you. I learned so many things from you. From fine dining, to the symphony and having a nice glass of wine. From now on, I will stand up for the things that I believe in and be counted. Thank you for your lifetime support of animals. I'm with ya honey. I will always remeber how much you liked to listen to someone playing the piano and that is something that I have always wanted to do. So, when I retire in a few years be listening out for me down here. Who knows, maybe one day I can play some descent Phantom music for you. Now, as I continue down the road of life, I will be looking a little more often to the left and then the right. Looking for another door with an angel inside. May you rest in peace and please pet Rosie just for me.

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  9. Bridget Murphy says:
    23 Apr 2013
    Dear Virginia,
    My heart broke when I learned of your passing. I was looking to visiting you on my next trip to Fl.
    I know you were ready to go & be at peace w/ Paul and your other friends.
    God rest your dear soul! I will miss you & you know I will come to visit you since you are near by my da.
    It was so great speaking to you after the Presidential election.
    Go Virgina Go! :)
    Love ya!

  10. Bill Heinmiller says:
    23 Apr 2013
    Dear Aunt Virginia, What a treasure you were to your family and many friends who will deeply miss you. I will always remember the heartfelt words spoken when you learned of the recent death of my Mom, Lois on 4/4/13, she enjoyed your company and coversations over dinner and at many parties held at Keith & Lon's home. Until we see you again. Love, Billy & Sir Joey. P.S. Kiss my Mom for us when you see her in Heaven.

  11. Sharon Pennekamp says:
    23 Apr 2013
    Aunt Virginia, You were an amazing woman. You lived a purposeful life -- and were kind. I know you already have wings. Love, Sharon

  12. keith etheredge says:
    23 Apr 2013
    To my Aunt Virginia I will very much miss seeing you and talking to you. The thing I will miss the most is going out with you to fine dining restaurants like Arabella's Ristorante That was your favorite you liked very quiet places to eat you would tell them to turn down the music it's to loud. We went some great places together which will be in my heart forever. Love you very much Keith PS THANKS FOR THE HUG AND KISSES on April 17 2013

  13. Mary Gundersen Weinand says:
    23 Apr 2013
    My family and I were very blessed when my mothers brother Paul married "Miss Virginia" as he called her Roche. She was a source of inspiration, support, comfort, over many decades. She was extremely intelligent, well read, and many wonderful phone conversations and letters helped me feel close to het..although sadly we lived miles spartment my entire life. She taught me about love, the importace of family, and the importance of being active in politics both local and national! Her long and wonderful life was a blessing to us all. Our love and prayers to her ffamily in Florida. The stories she shared to us about the love and holidays and times shared with you make us feel close though miles have always seperated us. PS Aunt Virginia never revealed her age to us.

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