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This week I am at Rec Lab and one person I am missing there more than anyone is Roxanne Weeks. She walked on last fall and it was a blow to know that this would be my first year at Rec Lab without her physical presence. And I worried that another fave friend Dorothy would not attend because of this as Roxanne was always her ride. Good news is that we were able to get her to Lab and so it feels a bit less empty than it might.

Today I give the blog to honor our friend missed at Rec Lab this year. The main paragraph below with details on her life outside Rec Lab was taken from her very well-written obituary.

Three of my favorite Rec Labbers – Roxanne, Laura, Dorothy

Roxanne was born April 12, 1952 and died peacefully of cancer at her Minneapolis home on October 21, 2018.  Roxanne was a lifelong community activist, who belonged to and volunteered with many organizations. The MN Beading Society, Capable Partners, Northland Recreation are just a few of her most recent. Roxanne was a terrific beader with exceptional taste who loved simple, organic design and colors. She enjoyed swimming, fishing, sailing, traveling and spending time (preferably over a meal) with family, friends and neighbors. She loved the MN Arboretum. Her own garden was a beautifully curated space that reflected her sense of whimsy. Her beloved home was a sparkling, sun-filled place of comfort, pride and two vociferous cats, who served as the Temple Guards. Roxanne was the quintessential Queen of innovation. She had determination, great compassion, and a wonderful sense of possibility. We are all better for knowing her or knowing of her-someone to remember, as well as emulate. Blessings and sincere gratitude to all of her helpers throughout – You know who you are.

You may remember Roxanne for her fiery passion, her fierce auction bidding, or her quieter ways.  She seemed ever present, often with her partner Dorothy, as they rolled through camp bringing mischief and joy, news or a song.

Me & Roxanne 2016

Whether you knew her well, or just in passing, she brought a bright light to Rec Lab, a commitment to working hard to make it the best it could be, and a fearlessness to speak up when her heart led.  And she adored singing. I know that the song time this year will bring many memories of her presence. I hope to hear her voice ringing through.

Roxanne will be sadly missed this year and for years to come.

Dan and I continue to have her photo on our screen saver. We can “lunch” with her any day we want! And sometimes I can still hear her words of wisdom.

Memorials, if desired, “in memory of Roxanne Weeks” are preferred to the MN Arboretum 3675 Arboretum Dr. Chaska, MN 55318.