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1921 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
JESSIE RODDICK BALLMER Jessie was born February 3, 1921, to Alan Leonidas Roddick and Jessie Henrietta Rader of Soledad California, and died June 23, 2016 in Riverside at the age of 95. She was the fifth of five siblings and out-lived her brothers, Alan Jr. of Soledad, Donald of Pacific Grove, Scott of Soledad, and Douglas of Prescott, AZ, as well as her husband Zephaniah (Zeph) of Riverside, CA. Jessie and Zeph married in 1938 and resided in Riverside since 1957. She is survived by three sons, Steven of San Diego, Gregory of Riverside, Martin of Kapaa, HI, and daughter Nancy Pierce of Grand Terrace, CA; a fourth son, Duane, died in 2010. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren, with whom she kept in contact, always wanting to know what they were all up to. Jessie worked for Rohr Aircraft, Riverside office of Dept. of Motor Vehicles, and was a long time member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. Following her retirement from the DMV in 1988, Jessie became an active member of the Riverside branch of AARP (serving as Greeter and on the board of directors). Her love of gardening led her to join The Rose Society, Riverside Raincross Garden Club, and Riverside Begonia Club. She enjoyed an active social life with the Red Hat Ladies. Jessie also enjoyed travel with Zeph, Nancy and friends from AARP. She maintained a yard full of various fruit trees, and diverse and exotic flowers, succulents and ornamental shrubs, as well as a vegetable garden. She was always propagating new plants to share with anyone who showed an interest in gardening. Living almost a century, she experienced the roaring twenties, the Wall Street Crash, Great Depression, World War II, atomic energy, Elvis (though she preferred Guy Lombardo), landing on the moon, Viet Nam War, Hippies, rappers, computers, automatic transmissions, cell phones, television...oh the places she's seen and been. The Neptune Society will attend to final rites. Her family requests that, in lieu of flowers, remembrances be directed to the UCR Botanic Garden.

Published in Press-Enterprise from June 25 to June 26, 2016
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