The younger of two children, Roxanne Lewis Puri was born to Beulah and Norman Lewis on April 14, 1933. She grew up in Wenatchee, Washington. Throughout her school years she studied both piano and flute, and she demonstrated a remarkable aptitude for music.
After high school, she enrolled at Central Washington College to study music. There, she met her future husband, Ralph Puri. They married on August 23, 1952.
Roxanne was a talented musician. She taught private piano lessons and was involved with the local music teachers' associations. She enjoyed the symphony and opera and volunteered at the American Cancer Society Thrift Shop in Kirkland. Roxanne was also well known for her cookies and desserts, especially the Christmas goodies she would share with neighbors.
After Ralph's death in 2005, Roxanne moved to Madison House where she made many friends among the staff and residents. Despite the physical limitations she endured, Roxanne always accepted her situation with grace, and she was well known for her positive and cheerful attitude.
Roxanne died on Feb. 14, 2013. She is survived by her children, Lenore (Robert) Toms, Leah (Richard) Thompson, Cindy (Don) Jordan and Norman (Colleen) Puri. Surviving grandchildren include Erik Thompson, Dev Thompson, Jessie Simmons, Lisa Brown, Darryl Puri and Alex Puri.
A memorial honor Roxanne's life is scheduled for 3:30, Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Madison House. Memorials may be made in her name to the
Published in The Seattle Times on Feb. 27, 2013