OBITUARY

Roxann Ross Dyess

December 23, 1952April 23, 2021

On December 23,1952, the Christmas star was born a few days early in the name of Roxann Ross, to later become my precious wife Roxann Ross Dyess. In thirty years together, we never shared an argument - only love, respect, joy and friendship. Roxann passed away at 5:15 am, Friday, April 23, 2021. She died peacefully while holding my hand. She is survived by her parents, Bill and Mary Ross; her sister, Robin Ross; and her loving son, Todd Mathers. I hesitate to describe myself, her partner and best friend, James Dyess, as surviving, but I am still here hoping to share Roxann’s memory and good works. Roxann worked for the Mobile Probate Court for 30 years and retired as the County Elections Coordinator. Her friends were dear and devoted in many areas; church, work, the art world and truly everyone she met. If you knew her, I share your loss and your grief. If you did not know her, I offer my sorrow for your loss. Wednesday April 28, 2021 11:00 am Visitation at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church 661-3908 5053 Camelot Dr. West (Off Three Knotch Road) Mobile, AL 36619 12:00 Noon Mass at St Vincent’s Graveside Service at Pine Crest Cemetery Dauphin Island Parkway In Lieu of Flowers please make donations to: Generations of Faith (Trust Fund for Seminarians) 356 Government Street Mobile, AL 36602

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021

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Marilyn McDevitt

April 28, 2021

Marilyn McDevitt

April 28, 2021

Roxann Ross Dyess was probably the sweetest, most caring person I have ever known. Working with her for 25 plus years was such a joy. We worked together under three different probate judges. When she graciously took over the Election Department she quickly became the "sweetheart" to Mobile's election poll workers. Never complaining, she handled her professional life with poise, wisdom and fairness. Her motto of "Keep Calm and Carry On" was evident in all she did.
Roxann was passionately involved in community, the arts world and church. Watercolorist, Miniaturist, Craftsman, Gourmet Chef, Teacher, Mentor, Bicyclist, Ultimate Host, Fundraiser, and on and on, Roxann enjoyed life to the fullest extent, did all things well and always thought of others first.
Many times I saw Roxann listen to someone else's problem and watched her tear up with empathy for them. She was kind and always had a compassionate, encouraging word for every person. If she knew you, she truly KNEW you.
Her partner in life, JD, made her life complete. When they married (it was about thyme!) the duo embarked on the journey of a lifetime! Complete, happy and in tandem, they savored their life and had such good adventures together. I've never seen a couple more well-suited. JD, Roxann would be pleased that you said you are "still here and plan to continue her good works".
Roxann, thank you for a lifetime of sweet memories. You are gone too soon, but I know you are no longer struggling and are in a better place. You are probably organizing some kind of get-together in Heaven right now! You will be sorely missed, my dear, sweet friend.

Pam Durst

April 27, 2021

I will always remember Roxann's love and care of her family and friends and her cats respectively, Callie and Pippa! And remember much pleasant time in conversation together driving to mini events and meetings...also time at celebrations with other club members and going out to eat as well. One of my favorite most recent memories was 💗 a miniatures Valentine tea at her house about a year ago. It was a special time all sitting together around her dining room table enjoying tea and finger foods and best of all the fellowship of our group with Roxann in her inviting home!
Roxann, I love you my friend and miss you, but am glad to know where you are, with your Savior Jesus. I look forward to seeing you again in the place where you are!
Much love and blessings to JD, Todd, Mary, Bill, Robin and Pippa...my thoughts and prayers are with you all! Pam Durst🙏❤️💐🤗

Jane Sommer

April 25, 2021

Roxann is a Beautiful Lady inside and out, and a Blessing to many 🌹 Always kind and loving, a woman of God. God Bless you Roxann, fly high Sweet Lady, always loved. ❤️🙏🙏🙏🙏❤️

Edna Coker

April 25, 2021

She was the sweetest lady I ever met. Always loving and caring for everyone. I will miss her dearly.

Phyllis Henson

April 24, 2021

Roxann was a special person. She always thought of the other person and was wiling to help in any way that she could. Her talents were many. She excelled in miniature creations and watercolor paintings. She loved to cook and shared with many. Roxanne, I am proud to call you my friend and will miss you. See you in the cobalt sky.

Jenny Hatfield

April 23, 2021

Roxann you are a very special person and growing up together created so many memories. The world is definitely dimmer without you. I know you are with Jesus and you are no longer in pain. Be at peace. I’m sure your wings are beautiful. Love you forever.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY