Karon Faye Smith Roach

August 27, 1948 ~ September 6, 2010

Karon Faye Smith Roach, 62, passed away at her farm in Longville, LA on Monday, September 6, 2010, surrounded by angels and family.

Mrs. Roach was born August 27, 1948 in Geary, OK, and she was raised on a farm near Greenfield, OK. A 1966 graduate of Watonga High School, she also graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in three years with a Bachelors of Art degree in Elementary Education and in 2002 she received her Masters +30 from McNeese State University. In 1969, she moved to Elgin, OK and began her forty year career teaching Kindergarten. She soon after met Allan Roach while he was stationed at Fort Sill in Lawton, OK and they were married in 1971. Her husband's military career led her to teach in Hohenfels, Germany, Flensburg, Germany, Prunedale, CA, Miami, FL, Washington, DC, and finally at Fairview Elementary in Lake Charles, where she worked for the last twenty years. Mrs. Roach was a Twelfth Night Reveler and loved Mardi Gras. Although she was an Okie, she always enjoyed southern cuisine. She was known as an angel by many, always smiling and friendly; she was always willing to help others. Karon collected ladybugs, but will always be remembered as a wonderful teacher.

Mrs. Roach is survived by her husband of thirty-nine years, Col. Allan Roach; sons, Michael Glen Roach and Matthew Wayne Roach and wife Christina; siblings, Maxine Robinette of Lovington, NM, Juanita Daniel of Woodward, OK, Bill Smith of Eastland, TX, Pauline Johannes of Lawton, OK, and Sharon Cunningham of Collinsville, OK; grandchildren, Victoria Roach, Channing Roach, Alex Roach, Samantha Roach, Christopher Roach, Tyson Roach, Patience Roach, Laila Roach, Gabrielle Myers, and Dominic Myers; and good friends, Roxann Clark, Lee English, and Cheryl Kibideaux; along with numerous other family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandchild, Connor Roach; parents, Clyde and Blanche Smith; and brother, Marvin Smith.

Her memorial service will be at 4:00 PM on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. James Rivers will officiate. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Saturday from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

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  1. Aunt Karon was an angel sent to bless our lives. She was always smiling and so much fun to grow up with. I have such fond memories of us on the farm and she will always have a special place in my heart. She will be greatly missed. Love you so much Karon. Linda

  2. Col. Roach,I loved Karon as a wonderful friend. I will miss her lively spirit and constant chatter while we exercised. My heart goes out to you and your family. God Bless you.Thail

  3. I just wanted to send my condolences on behalf of my family. She will be missed. She was an amazing teacher and my sons Timothy and Eric Evans loved her. She always went out of her way to know all the parents. She was just recently telling me about a spot to go fishing near Longville and her trip to Egypt. Sending our hearts out, the Evans family.

  4. I love Karon dearly! We just had lunch together a few weeks ago. We talked about getting together on Saturdays to go garage selling, and she told me she had lots of teacher items to give me. I can't believe she's gone. What happened? I loved her like no other. Please someone, help me understand what happened. This is so very, very distressing to me.

  5. I was so sorry to hear of Karon's death.I met karon when I first moved to La.–at a garage sale, of course. {she often beat me to the good stuff!}Karon sponsored me in the 12th night Revelers and I learned how to have a really good time! Halloween at her school was quite an experience and Karon was always in the middle it. She also had a wonderful artistic talent and saw beauty and fun in everything. She created good memories for everyone who knew and liked her. My life is better for having known her. Ruth Baranello

  6. Karon Roach was a delightful person, and we couldn't have been more blessed than to have her teach our daughter back in the 70's. May God bless her family at this time.

  7. Karon will be missed by so many. She lived up to the saying I never met a person I did not like. I will always remember the love is gave and showed to so many. God bless you all!

  8. May the light of Miss Karen's life shine through you all. I am so sorry for your lost. My family prayers are with you.

  9. Mom (Roxie Tsotigh) always talked about how much she loved working with Mrs. Roach. I can't remember a time during my childhood that Mom look forward to going to work, to being with Mrs. Roach and the kids. Even after our lives changed and evolved, Mom would talk about her time working with Karon.Please know that your families are in our thoughts and prayers. Karon meant a lot to my Mom, so I know she means even more to you.

  10. Mrs. Roach was my pre-K teacher. She was the best teacher I ever had in my whole entire life. I miss her dearly but I know she's in a better place now.

  11. Ms Roach was Jasmyne's PreK Teacher only 6 years ago. She was a passionate teacher and made a huge influence on my daughters life. Every year Jasmyne always had something to say about Ms Roach whether it was talking about the Mardi Gras parades or something Ms Roach class was doing which she always thought was really cute. No matter how many times I went to the school and came across her she always gave me a big hug and always had a smile on her face. Mrs. Roach you will truly be missed. I just cant imagine walking through the school and not seeing your face. Your family truly has our condolences..Antoinette and Jasmyne Auzenne

  12. My condolences go out to Mrs. Roach's family. She was a wonderful person and great teacher. She was my daughter, Brooke, second grade teacher at Fairview. She was always smiling and spke of her sons and grandchildren often. We share in your loss.Jeanne' Reed

  13. My son is a student of Fairview Elementary and we just loved Mrs.Roach. Always a smile on her face and those kids there loved her. She will be truly missed. May she Rest In Peace!

  14. Oh what a wonderful teacher Karon was to my son. He is 25 now so it was awhile back when we walked into her classroom that first day of kndergarten. I know he got his academic footing from her and the way she taught him and the others. Through the years we have talked about her and the many things she would do in her classroom setting. She seemed to always go above and beyond to reach the kids in there own ways of learning. THE TEACHING WORLD HAS LOST A GREAT ONE. If only new teachers nowadays could learn from her. She was always smiling and laughing and always so positive. Take care Roach Family and know that her dedication never was forgotten thru the years.


  16. This was one of the most precious spirits I have ever known. She was always a joy to be around. I had an opportunity to wear her Mardi Gras costume for the parade last year. She loved children and they definitely loved her. She will be well missed and I will continue to keep all the family and friends in our prayers. May God bless and make His face to shine upon you.

  17. To the entire Roach family,My heart goes out, wishing each of you strength and peace. I teach with Colonel, and over the past years, feel I got to know Karon through Colonel's stories of weekends with the grandchildren, Mardi Gras celebrations, and Karon's travels. Again, I want the family to know that MANY prayers will be lifting each of you.Sincerely from my heart,Mary Wilkinson

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