Lydia “Elaine” Roe (Mama), 92 of Salesville passed away peacefully at her home on June 2, 2020. Elaine was born at home in Kennonsburg, Ohio on June 22, 1927 to the late Eugene and Vada Ward. She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 50 years, Scott Roe, who she married August 1, 1945. She is also preceded by two great-great grandsons and an infant sister, Bonnie. Her surviving siblings are John Ward of Wooster, Katherine Roe of Salesville, Reva Abraham of Nelsonville, Marilyn Tilton of New Matamoras, and Fred Ward of Cambridge.
Together Scott and Elaine created and built the family farm, where they raised their seven children who are left to cherish their memories: Sheryl (David) Gossett of Salesville, Twila (Jerry) Cordell of Caldwell, Kevin (Berlene) Roe of Salesville, Nelson (Pam) Roe of Eldon, Valerie Wilkinson of Salesville, Daren (Ann) Roe of Salesville, and Lorne (Heather) Roe of Salesville. Her home and the farm will forever be the center of love, laughter and many family gatherings. The family continued to grow adding 21 grandchildren: Robbie (Heidi) Gossett of Columbus, Devanie Gossett of Columbus, Rick (Gretchen) Gossett of Columbus, Stacey Spratt of Cambridge, Jay (Kim) Mallett of Pleasant City, Adam (Patti) Mallett of Sarahsville, Anna (Brian Petta) Cordell of Cambridge, Travis Roe of Salesville, Nathan (Sherrie) Roe of New Jersey, Michael (Terry Wilson) Roe of New Lexington, Keith (Lindsay) Roe of Zanesville, Shane (Jill) Roe of Cambridge, Lacey (Adam) Chumney of Salesville, Justin (Jenna) Wilkinson of Arizona, Jamin (Alison) Wilkinson of Tennessee, Leigh Ann (Ben) Roth of Centerburg, Lindsay (Bobby) Guy of Texas, Samantha Roe of Columbus, Kaitlyn (Dirk) McElroy of Byesville, Kiley (Trevor) Carpenter of Quaker City and Lauren Roe of Salesville. 35 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great grandchildren were added over the years. Elaine also leaves behind her dear friend Denise Kehl, her grand-dog Gurly, and many nieces and nephews.
Elaine enjoyed the simple life of raising her family and taking care of them on she and Scott’s farm in Salesville. As the families Matriarch, she always kept an eye on the work outside and what Lorne was doing. Mama loved being a mother and grandmother more than anything. No matter what, she was always trying to feed her family and every guest that walked through her doors. Mama loved to garden, and she collected so many things. She loved Christmas time and especially opening her presents on Christmas morning! She enjoyed her trips through the country and her many visits to Amish country. Elaine enjoyed going out to eat and she really loved her sweets! She was a member of the Ester Circle and the Salesville Church of Faith. She always looked forward to Sheryl taking her to her Ester Circle meetings. She was always beautiful and never went out without her jewelry, lipstick and matching purse/cane. She will forever be remembered as the light of our lives, the glue that kept us together and the one that kept the boy’s in line. We love you forever Mama.
Graveside services & burial will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday (June 6, 2020) at Salesville Cemetery with Pastor Jeff Eschbaugh and Pastor Perry Baranich officiating. While at the cemetery, we recommend adhering to the State’s guidelines regarding the wearing of face coverings and social distancing please.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions in Elaine’s name be made to the Salesville Church of Faith, 119 Locust Street, Salesville, OH 43778.