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McEwen Funeral Service-Pineville Chapel

10500 Park Road, Charlotte, NC

OBITUARY

Jonnisue Roylance

6 October , 19618 July , 2019

Jonni Roylance, age 57, died at home unexpectedly on July 8, 2019 at 7:27 am. surrounded by her loved ones.

A Celebration of Life to be held on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Maggiano's Little Italy, 4400 Sharon Rd. Charlotte, NC 28211.

Jonni was born on October 6, 1961 in Willoughby, OH but during infancy her family relocated to Clarksville, TN. Jonni graduated from Clarksville High School with the class of 1979. Jonni was a true adventurer who participated in many Outward Bound expeditions, earned her pilot's license as a teenager and was an avid nature photographer.

Following high school, Jonni suffered a tragic accident that left her wheel chair bound for the remainder of her years; however, the accident did not keep her from experiencing a full and rich life. Jonni relocated to Charlotte, NC in 1982. She drank, partied and drifted until she met her future wife in 1994. Jonni and her family took more trips to Disney than most people will ever experience. She had a great love for all things Harry Potter. Her love of animals was known far and wide. Jonni's home was filled with cats, fish, guinea pigs, bearded dragons, turtles and dogs. Her special relationship with Blaine, her faithful service dog, was a beautiful thing to witness.

Jonni was preceded in death by her parents Georgene and Robert Roylance, as well as her brother George Hager. Those left to mourn her amazing life are her loving wife of 25 years, Paulanne Jo Rinker, her devoted son, Ian Roylance Rinker, her biological father, Ronald Hager, his wife Mary and step siblings T.K. Lee and Robert Roylance Jr., as well as a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

To celebrate Jonni's love of animals please consider a donation in her honor to Canine Companions for Independence (www. CCI.org) where her beloved Blaine was trained as her companion dog.

On-line condolences may be shared at www.mcewenpinevillechapel.com.

Services

  • Celebration of Life - Drop In Tuesday, 16 July , 2019

Memories

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Tucker Summerville

18 July 2019

Dear Jo and Ian, I have just learned that Jonni passed away and can’t even say how shocked and saddened I am. Jonni was so easy to love and was always a bright spot in my day when that was possible. I’m sure I never met anyone like her and am so grateful that we met and became friends. We believed in our furry friends to the max( until Ian arrived then he became the max!) and shared many good visits with Sam, Surfer and Windi. We all have been blessed by Jonnie and will forever miss her. May Gods Grace bring you comfort now and always. Tucker and the pups

Desiree Egle Bowen

18 July 2019

My heart skipped a beat when I heard that Jonni had passed away. I will never forget the first day I met her...it was my first day at work at CMC’s NICU which would evolve into Levine’s, etc. Jonni was open, bold, friendly and embraced me like a long, lost friend. She made my world seem less lonely on a day where I wasn’t sure if I had made the right decision to move to Charlotte and work in a NICU where, let’s face it, until you “earn your dues,” many people there can be indifferent and just plain mean.
Jonni always had a smile and a wry comment. She was my first experience with a friend whose life changed in an instant, putting her in a wheelchair. She shared her story with me, openly, even up to the point where she forgave the person she was with when the accident occurred. She was injured helping that person. Jonni was also the first openly lesbian friend that I had the honor of knowing. She knew who she was, who she was meant to be, and how to love people wherever they were in their journey. I cannot even count the pearls of wisdom she slipped to me during our talks at the front desk. Jonni helped shape my world view in many ways, but her acts of service inspired me the most.
I was sad when she left the NICU to work elsewhere; rejoiced when she and Jo would come visit, and when they had Ian. She was so so so proud and in love with her son. Breast cancer. Natural aging. My moving away. We kept in touch infrequently via Facebook. Most of my updates came from mutual friends, as did the news of her death. In my mind, I can see Jonni at the front desk of heaven, welcoming people with her mischievous smile and her wry sense of humor. No longer confined to a chair, she’s standing. But it’s still her, animated, joking, wry sense of humor, open and loving to all. That’s the Jonni I’ve known and loved all these years. I am forever in debt for all she has taught me and for the hand of friendship she extended to me 18 years ago. God bless. Des

Rebecca Reyes & family

16 July 2019

Dear Jo & Ian, I met Jonni at LCI & will always remember her sense of humor & how she could give a joke as well as take it. The world is dimmer without her but Heaven is certainly brighter because of her. Chandra and I were so glad that we were able to see you a few weeks ago, drop off food and finally meet Ian. Memories will includes alot of laughs at a drag show we went to see. Will miss you & see you on the other side! Love, Rebecca, Chandra and Joshua

Donita Cavallero

16 July 2019

JonniSue, her mom, Georgene Roylance and me after Thanksgiving one year.
Carrying you in my heart JonniSue
🥰💫💔

Donita Cavallero

16 July 2019

JonniSue has been a part of my family since 1976 when we first met in Clarksville, TN, our hometown. One could always count on JonniSue’s witty sense of humor, her love and caring for others. She lived a full life of adventure here at home and in Charlotte. Her bedroom in high school was an actual train caboose set up in their back yard.
Her brother Bobby and sister T.K. have a lot of tales of their adventures growing up, like Bobby and JonniSue jumping off the roof into the pool, snowmobiling at their house in Michigan during Christmas breaks, never a dull moment.
Ian, your Mena LOVED you like no one else, all she could talk about is you and how so very PROUD she was of you. I pray that you feel God’s arms around you and know that your Mena is there with him watching over you every single day. My heart breaks that she is no longer here to cheer you on and care for you.
Several of us will be having our own celebration of the life lived by JonniSue Monroe Roylance here at home, telling funny stories, sharing pictures and raising a toast to her memory.
I have always loved you JonniSue

Mr.MRS Sigrist

16 July 2019

You will be missed.

Irene and Charles

Robert Collins

16 July 2019

Jo and Ian , I will keep you in my prayers.
I have many memories of Jonni one I will never forget. Jonni and I watched the Color Purple and afterwards she called me Nettie. Jo walked in the front door and Jonni said "Harpo us is hungry, what us got to eat". We laughed for the longest time. I will miss miss you Jonni. Love you so much.

Jennifer Payne

15 July 2019

I got to know Jonni when Ian and Gavin became great friends. I loved jonnis spunk and she always had a smile on her face. She will be deeply missed. Please know Jo and Ian you are in my prayers. We are deeply saddened to hear about Jonni.

Claire Krusch

14 July 2019

Jo and Ian, I met Jonni at LCI in a support group.
I’m heart broken over this loss of your wife and your Mom.
We could always count on having a good laugh when Jonni was around.
I admired Jonni and will treasure the memories we had together in our group.

Jonni, I love you girlfriend.

Claire Krusch

Jason Sword

13 July 2019

Jonni was an inspiration to me. Her love of life and generous spirit were infectious. From Disney conversations to pet care ideas, she was a joy to talk to. I will miss her Tennessee accent and coffee with French vanilla creamer.
To Jo and Ian, my heart breaks for you and we will keep Jonni’s memory alive together. Love always, Jason.

FROM THE FAMILY