July 15, 1954 ~ January 10, 2016
Roxanne Yvonne Van Pelt Gasaway, 61, found peace on January 10, 2016. Roxanne was born in Houston, Texas and lived there until moving to Georgia in 1985. She was one of the first deaf graduates at the University of Houston where she majored in journalism. She leaves behind her a body of poetry and short stories. Roxanne loved nature and enjoyed photographing beaches and scenic views. She loved animals, especially horses, and formed special, mutual bonds with her service dogs. Her strong faith and close family ties were cornerstones in her life. Roxanne battled NF2 her entire life, yet lived fully and without cynicism. She had humor and unfailing generosity of spirit. Her intelligence and innate dignity were matched only by her courage and resourcefulness in the face of overwhelming adversity. She was an inspiration to all who knew her Roxanne is survived by her brother, Dwight Van Pelt II, her sisters Lucia A. Van Pelt and Kwinci K. Bender, and her lifelong partner Mark Gasaway. She is pre-deceased by her father, Dwight Van Pelt Jr. and her mother Yvonne L. Kenneth. Well, done, Roxanne. We love you and we will miss you so much.