Grace Elizabeth Roller
February 6, 2019 – June 12, 2019
Grace Elizabeth Roller passed away peacefully at 12:54 PM on Wednesday, June 12. It was a difficult journey for her. But she had many people to care for her and help her be as comfortable as possible during her short time with us. Grace will be missed very much and she now knows more than ever how much she is loved. Grace was met in heaven by her grandfather, Raymond Snyder, Sr., who had gone before her. Grace was loved dearly by her mom and dad, Joe and Tracey (Snyder) Roller; her brothers and sisters who adored her, Nathaniel, Jonathan, Matthew, Elizabeth, Joseph, Jr., Lillian and Emma; her loving grandparents, Donald and Ann Roller, Crystal Perkins and her step-grandmother, Judie Snyder; her great-godparents, Dorothy and Noel Gatlin; her aunts and uncles, Raymond Snyder, Jr., Corey and Miriam Price, Heidi and David Taylor, Jamie Price, Tonya and Jeff Ursoy, Justine and Bill McKay, Christopher and Beth Snyder, Christopher and Jessie Roller and Therese and Michael Schroeder. A visitation will be held Tuesday, June 18, 2019, from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Little & Sons Funeral Home, 1301 Main Street, Beech Grove, Indiana 46107. The Rosary will be said at 7:30 pm. Prayers will be said at 1:00 PM on Wednesday at the funeral home and the Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 pm at Holy Name Catholic Church, 89 North 17th Avenue, Beech Grove, Indiana 46107. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery immediately following, Memorial Gifts in memory of Grace may be given to Riley Hospital For Children, 705 Riley Hospital Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202 or Peyton Manning Children's Hospital, 2001 W. 86th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46260.
There is a special story behind Grace’s name. We had discussed naming her Grace and shortly thereafter, Tracey and our three-year old daughter, Emma, had to pull over with a flat tire in one of our vehicles and were assisted by the pastor of a local church. He was very helpful with the flat tire and there were other church members on the grounds that day.
Tracey had talked to the pastor about how she was feeling and that she was struggling with anxiety over a recent ultrasound that showed a heart defect and other concerns with our unborn baby’s health.
The members of the church offered to pray with Tracey. And when asking what we were thinking of naming our unborn child, Tracey told them that we had discussed naming her Grace. One of the members turned and pointed to the sign on the the church property and said “Well, that is the name of our church!” The sign simply said, “Grace.”
So that day it was pretty much confirmed and we felt comforted by the Lord, knowing that God was sending a message that he will be with us all the way.
- Tracey Elizabeth Roller, Mother
- Joseph Michael Roller, Father
- Visitation Tuesday, June 18, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Grace Elizabeth Roller
June 17, 2019
Tracey and Joe,
Meeting your sweet Grace, feeling and knowing how much she was loved, is something that will always remain sweet in my heart. I am grateful that Grace's journey led to our encounter.
I will be praying for your strength, and ultimately, the peace that transcends all understanding, as you grieve for her and honor her precious life.
Her name could not have been more perfect, in every way.
June 16, 2019
Dear Joseph, Tracey, Ann, Don, and all the family,
I have a feeling your precious Grace Elizabeth is dancing with Jesus and The Blessed Mother in Heaven. She loves all of you and sends kisses from Heaven to you. My heart aches for all of you. However, your strong faith, the love of Jesus, and the love in your family will help you endure your loss. May the blessings of Almighty God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, descend upon Grace and her family and remain forever. Amen!
With love and prayers,
June 16, 2019
“Precious in the Lord’s sight...”
June 15, 2019
Then there was the time I snuck in our 19yr old daughter to go visit Grace.....still need to go to confession about that little fib. I am not sorry to pull one over on my beloved Riley. Christianna was so well behaved hanging out in the doorway to Grace’s room due to visitation body count restrictions.
June 15, 2019
Oh my memory. The day I unexpectedly got to meet Grace for the first time and I lost it! Lost it is putting it lightly I was a pregnant blubbering fool. So glad only Roller girls and an old nurse and Christianna saw me like that. I am not an overly emotional person. I am good at remaining numb to the emotional pain in my life, but boy o boy this got me good! I almost left the hospital that day and don’t even see a Roller. I was only hoping to get to hug my girls and say hello to Tracey just maybe if her arms weren’t full. The weekend prior they had just lifted the flu restriction so I was so very happy that the kids finally could come and visit her. But then Tracey casually says to me out at the NICU desk, “Do you want to go hold her?” Year’s ago I was made aware of the personal saint I get to experience in my daily life, but now I was going to get to go meet another. What a blessing.