Roxanne C. Morgan

Roxanne C. Morgan

53, a beloved wife, loyal friend, admired supervisor and extraordinary journalist, died unexpectedly Oct. 14, 2012, in Ely, Nev., while on vacation with her husband, Steve. Roxanne was born Nov. 24, 1958, in Tarpon Springs, Fla., to Ronald and Geraldine (Duffy) Clark. She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her husband; a brother, Ronald; a sister, Nancy Hildebrand; nieces, nephews and many friends.

Growing up, Roxanne attended the First Church of Christ Scientist. Roxanne graduated from Tarpon Springs High in 1976. While in high school, she worked as a copy girl at the Clearwater Sun newspaper, her first job in an industry to which she devoted much of her life. Roxanne put herself through one year at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She then returned to the Clearwater Sun, where she began her career as a copy editor.

Roxanne met Steve Morgan, the love of her life, in 1980, while he was visiting his best friend, who had moved to Florida and was dating Roxanne's best friend. Roxanne moved to Indianapolis to be with Steve in 1981 and got a job at The Indianapolis Star, where she worked until her death. Roxanne and Steve were married Aug. 12, 1986, while on vacation in Cheyenne, Wyo. She and Steve loved traveling to the West.

During her career at The Star, Roxanne was a mentor and friend to the copy editors she supervised as night copy desk chief. She made the copy editors, reporters and editors she worked with better journalists and people. Roxanne had striking blue eyes, a big heart and fingers that could fly across a computer keyboard.

A memorial service for Roxanne will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, at The Indianapolis Star, 307 N. Pennsylvania St., with calling beginning at 1 p.m. Steve would like guests to dress casually if they want; Roxanne was never one for fussiness or formality. In honor of Roxanne's love of dogs and reading, donations may be made to the Humane Society of Indianapolis, 7929 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268, http://www.indyhumane.org, and Indy Reads, 2450 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208, http://www.indyreads.org.


Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Oct. 28, 2012