JOANNE "Jody" ROUSH

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JOANNE ROUSH (Age 83)  
"Jody"  

Who resided in Silver Spring, MD, passed away on January 24, 2018. Born on March 1, 1934 in Denver, CO, she was adopted by Rev. Ernest and Gladys Witham and raised lovingly along with her sister Virginia, also adopted. She graduated from Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, NJ and later from Ottawa University in Ottawa, KS. It was at Ottawa that she met Marvin Roush, also an Ottawa grad and where on May 29, 1955 they were married by Rev. Ernest Witham. The 62 years of their marriage were enriched by children, Paul, Brenda and Mark; along with grandchildren, Brigid and Meghan. Her caring spirit was evidenced in part by 30 years of participating in Meals On Wheels. She was very active in her local church, teaching classes and serving as an ordained Deacon first at Hyattsville First Baptist and later at Montgomery Hills Baptist Church. Jody loved music and sang in the choirs at the two churches. Her participation in missions committees and in various studies were something she enjoyed and personally treasured. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on March 10, 2018 at Montgomery Hills Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the Women's Education Society Scholarship of Ottawa University. Checks should be payable to Ottawa University with a note in the memo line: Roush Memorial and mailed to 1001 S. Cedar, Box 1016, Ottawa, KS 66067. You can call 866-324-8788 if you have questions.

Published in The Washington Post from Jan. 27 to Jan. 29, 2018