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19 Rock Island Rd
East Wenatchee, WA 98802
Phone: 509-470-6702
Fax: 509-470-6186
Roxanna Halls

Roxanna Marie Halls

Tuesday, January 12th, 1943 - Sunday, July 26th, 2020
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Roxanna Marie Halls began eternal life on Sunday, July 26, 2020 in Rock Island, Washington due to lung cancer. She was 77.

Roxanna was born in Ouray, Colorado on January 12, 1943 to parents Elwood and Alene River. The second eldest of five children, her siblings Rocky, Rick, Rob and Rosalyn grew up in the quaint town as a tight knit unit.

Roxanna graduated high school and set her sights on California where she stayed with her Auntie Viola and attended Ventura Beauty School where she graduated as a cosmetologist in 1962, then worked in the LA area for some time. In 1967 she met the dashing Italian, Ronald Conte and two years later wed on August 10, 1969 at St. Peters Catholic Church in Los Angeles. They opened their first hair salon together in Glendale, CA in 1970 called Contes’ Villa Coiffeurs and began their successful careers in the beauty industry as a dynamic duo. They started their family in 1972 with the addition of son Michael, followed by daughter Amber and son Mark, all two years apart from each other. Roxanna was nothing short of a super hero. She ran multiple business, took care of 3 kids, always kept an immaculate home and made dinner for the family every night of the week. She was an incredible mother, attending countless band and theater performances, sporting events, was a Boy Scout den mother, made countless costumes, hosted amazing birthday and holiday parties, taught all the neighborhood kids how to swim…the list goes on and on. She was always so elegant, stylish and loved beauty, be it nature, interior decorating, painting or fashion.

Throughout her life she was faced with several challenges but never missed a beat or lost her faith that God would guide her through the bad times as well as the good. Her world was rocked when she lost Ron in 1999 after caring for him as he battled cancer for six years. Despite the incredible loss of her true love, she again leaned on her faith and in 2003 was reacquainted with David Halls, a classmate from Ouray, remarried and moved to Washington State where she resided with him for the last 17 years.

Despite being further away from her children, she created a new group of wonderful friends through her church, YLI group and was a pillar within her spiritual community. She loved being of service to others, whether it was preparing meals for the priest several times a week, volunteering for countless fundraisers as well as pro-life organizations. Roxanna loved taking care of people and did so many times including employees, friends and family members. Family was always so important to her and she loved siblings, nieces and nephews and cousins dearly. Her relationship with her mother Alene was a very special one and she was honored to be able to care for her before she left the physical world. She also loved being a grandmother!

Countless times Michael, Amber and Mark have been told how amazing their mother was; caring, generous, funny, gracious, smart, driven and compassionate. Roxanna will be greatly missed and made an impact on many, making this world a better place while she was in it. She is now with God and her beloved family members that have also entered eternal life, something she always knew would be glorious.
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    Friday, August 28th, 2020 | 9:00am
    When
    Friday, August 28th, 2020 9:00am
    Location
    Holy Apostles Catholic Church
    Address
    1315 8th Street
    EAST WENATCHEE, WA 98802
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Posted at 01:15pm
I met Roxanna about 17 years ago. Her first husband has died after a prolonged illness and David’s Hall’s wife had recently also passed away. David and Roxanna reconnected and after a brief, whirlwind courtship, these former high school sweethearts reunited. This marriage caught their children completely off-guard!

Roxanna moved to Snohomish, Washington to start her married life with David and worked hard to begin a new, and often challenging, phase of her life. It became apparent that she was an excellent decorator and she quickly became the family decorator for birthdays and other important events. When my husband, Dave, turned 50 we had a surprise birthday party for him at David and Roxanna’s house. Since it was so close to Halloween, we were able to disguise it as a Halloween party. They made a giant birthday cake and David (Halls) popped out of the cake singing the Marilyn Monroe version of “Happy Birthday” to Dave.

A few years after they married, David and Roxanna moved to Wenatchee, Washington – in the Rock Island area. After they moved, one of Roxanna projects was to meticulously sort out all of David’s nuts, bolts, screws and washers (thousands of them!) She loved tending to her yard and decorating her house.

Roxanna and David’s sister, Lillian, became good friends. Roxanna took very good care of Lillian – just as if she were her very own sister. In fact, she became the primary person in Lillian’s life spending more time helping her than any of Lillian’s other family members. Just 3 weeks before Roxanna died, she was helping Lillian to send out thank you cards.

I was able to spend three months living at their home in the summer of 2010, while I was doing a dietetic internship at the Central Washington hospital. I never tired of the amazing view they had from their property and loved eating outside. We enjoyed many evenings together sitting at the dinner table talking about our day or stories from our past. From David and Roxanna’s stories and description of Ouray, I feel like I have already been there!

Roxanna brought her mother to Wenatchee so that she could take care of her for the last few months of her life. They were very close. Roxanna loved telling me about her children – Mark, Michael and Amber (and her grandson - Hexom.) They all seemed to inherit Roxanna’s hard work ethic and are all doing well in their professions. It is so good to know that part of Roxanna lives on in her children!

Roxanna devoted much of her time to volunteering at her local Catholic parish and making sure that the priest stayed well-fed and healthy! For a time, she also volunteered at a non-profit organization in town helping new mothers. Again, her organizational skills came in very handy. She supported David in his duties at his church and they developed great friendships from both congregations.

Over the course of 17 years, we spent many holidays and birthdays together. David and Roxanna and David’s family became our family and we often referred to them as “our better than family friends”.

Roxanna contacted me a month before she passed away to let me know that she was on hospice and that she did not have much time left. That came as quite a shock to me because that was the first time I had heard of her terminal illness. Dave, our daughter Whitney, and I drove from Boise to Wenatchee the next Saturday (July 4th) to spend an hour with her. I wanted to spend that time with her before she passed away. During this time of COVID-19, the likelihood of my being able to go to a funeral seemed remote. I had not seen her for about 4 years, but we spoke every few months on the phone. We had spoken in March, but she did not mention anything to me at that point. She was more concerned about Lillian in the nursing home.

The one hour that we spent together was precious and I’m so glad that we made that trip. She had two concerns: she wanted to die with peace and love in her heart and she wanted her son, Mark, to have successful treatment for his cancer. We talked candidly about death and I appreciated her openness. She asked me to offer a prayer before we left and I considered that an honor. We were able to have one more phone conversation before she passed away on July 26th. I am so glad that the worst of her illness was relatively short and that Michael and Amber could hold her hands when she passed. I’m glad that David made it home in time to be with her.

I’m sure that Roxanna is a busy angel right now – probably decorating or organizing something! She is definitely not resting! She promised to look in on me when she had time and I hope that I will feel her presence. I also hope that David, Mark, Michael, Amber and Hexom will feel peace and know when she is near!


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