Janice “Kay” Roxby

July 26, 1935 - March 14, 2024

07/26/1935 - 03/14/2024

Past Services

Thursday March 21, 2024
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Wheeling Chapel
1400 Eoff Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 232-0330 | Directions
Funeral Service
Friday March 22, 2024
10:00 am
Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church
Wheeling, WV 26003
Additional Information:

Officiated by Msgr. Bakhos Chidiac

Friday March 22, 2024
1:00 pm
Mount Calvary Cemetery Wheeling
1685 National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003

Janice “Kay” Roxby made her final journey to the house of the Lord on March 14, 2024. She was born on July 26, 1935, to Rex Ray Cook and Joyce (Young) Cook, at the Ohio Valley Hospital.  She grew up in Valley Grove and resided at the first house on Battle Run. She attended Valley Grove Grade School and Triadelphia High School. She worked for the Stone & Thomas Store in Wheeling. Her happiest childhood memories came from the summers she spent at the farm of her grandfather, Isaac Young, surrounded by a host of aunts, uncles and cousins. That favorite home was located on Pleasant Ridge above Lynn Camp, in Marshall County. That farm was a beehive of activity.  As WWII raged on in a world seemingly gone mad, she found comfort and joy with family in the bosom of the hills.

She married Eugene Willard Roxby in 1952 while he was still serving in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict. The bulk of their married years were spent living on Mount Wood Road in Wheeling, WV. Again, she was quite fortunate to be surrounded by cousins, in this case the Olinski family who lived down the street. Sweetening the situation, her best friend, Jean Schultz, lived just down the hill from her. Those days were financially very lean times for everyone involved. Still, everyone seemed to be in and out of each other’s houses, and there was a sense of happiness and communal belonging. That feeling somewhat defies description, but everyone who experienced those days never forgot them. Even as her memory failed her in old age, Kay Roxby swore those were among the happiest days of her life. Though not a Catholic, she was a part of the Sacred Heart School PTA and a piano player for the Men’s Minstrel practice sessions.

Music was a key focus in Kay’s life and was certainly her ministry with God. She started as a teenage organist for the Assembly of God in Valley Grove. Later she played up and down the valley at various churches, covering everything from Pentecostal to Catholic, black and white, and some mainline Protestant ones tossed in for good measure. Her personal favorite was Black Gospel.    

Kay stepped lightly into eternity at Wheeling Hospital, with family and her best friend of over seven decades, Jean Schultz, at her side. Hollywood could scarcely have scripted a more beautiful ending.   

The family wishes to extend their deepest thanks to Msgr. Bakhos Chidiac and Rev. Ron Wilfong, who prayed for her in her final hours. They also wish to thank the staff of Good Shepherd, in particular Debbie Molina, Kelly Smith, Stephanie White, and the other nurses and aides on Two Center, who treated her like family.  

Kay is survived by sons Joseph (Judy) and John Roxby, grandsons Joe and David (Dr. Tiffany) Roxby, Jim (Alexis) Fisher, and brother-in-law John (Barbara) Roxby.   

A Memorial Gathering for Kay will take place on Thursday, March 21, from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the Altmeyer Funeral Homes-Wheeling Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial, officiated by Msgr. Bakhos Chidiac, will commence at 10:00 am on Friday, March 22, at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church followed by a Mercy Meal. Inurnment for Kay is scheduled for 1:00 pm on Friday, March 22, at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Memories and condolences may be offered to the Roxby family on this page.

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Pete & Erin Cuffaro
10 days ago

Joe and Family:
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother.
Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
With deepest sympathy,
Pete & Erin Cuffaro

David S.
14 days ago

I remember Kay playing the organ at the Valley Grove church. She was exceptional. We were neighbors on Mt. Wood Road. Sad to hear of her passing.Condolences to the family.

Stephanie (Callendar) Frey
22 days ago

I was saddened to hear of Kay’s passing. We worked together at Stone&Thomas and what fun we had in the Bridal Salon! One day when I was off, I prank phone called her in the salon and she handled the call with patience and grace although I knew what she was thinking! I saw Kay a few years back at the Mcmechen pool. We always said we needed to get together and go to Mehlmans, but we never did. Kay was a beautiful and classy woman. Rest in peace my dear friend.

Susie Kady Wilson
25 days ago

Sending our condolences to Joe, Judy, John and family. I remember fondly, Aunt Kay playing the organ and enjoying family gatherings. She came to visit me in South Carolina and enjoyed the beach and playing the piano with my son, Evan. She was a beautiful lady, inside and out. May she Rest In Peace

Geneva Templin
27 days ago

Joe, My most sincere sympathy for the loss of your mother.
So many days at Good Shepherd you would be with her in the sun room having lunch.
Still you would take the time to be my kind doorman and open the door. Always explaining to your mother that you were helping a lady come inside.
What a wonderful son and caring person you are for everyone.
She is at peace and your thoughtfulness will never be forgotten by me.
Geneva E Templin

Judi Sauanders
27 days ago

What a lovely lady and a beautiful piano player Sister Kay was. She played for many many choirs and soloists throughout the Ohio Valley. Wayman AME Church choir was so blessed to be one of those choirs. We will surely continue to miss her and heaven has gained an pianist for the heavenly choir. Rest in peace Sister Kay. Our condolences to her family.

Leslie Morris
28 days ago

Dear Joe and family. My sincere sympathy for your loss. May the angels lead your Mother into paradise and our Heavenly Father grant her eternal rest. What a beautiful Lady. God bless. Love and prayers, Les

Dennis R Albaugh
28 days ago

My sincere and humble condolences to the family and friends of Mrs. Roxby. Denny Albaugh

paula Neidert jones
29 days ago

Sending lots of prayers so sorry for your loss.

Melania Streski
29 days ago

Joe, I am so sorry for you and your family’s loss. I will keep you in my prayers.