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Mary Elaine Roach

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Mary Elaine Roach

March 08, 1923 - July 01, 2011

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Mary Elaine Roach, who raised two children and lived in Bellevue for 60 years, died peacefully on July 1 after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease. She was 88. May was was born was born in Seattle to Lilian and Archie Smith on March 8, 1923. She worked for Horluck Ice Cream during World War II and married George C. Roach, Sr. in 1942 and remained his wife until his death 59 years later. After marriage, she lived with George in Magnolia and then moved to Bellevue in 1953. Mary was admired by all who knew her as a kind, thoughtful, and sweet person. Mary was one of the first members of Robinswood Tennis Center. Toward the end of her tennis career, she was known as the "Queen of Robinswood." Mary is survived by her son and daughter, George Roach and Margaret Reed and her grandson, Blake.