Written by The Herald-News Saturday, 19 May 2012 13:56
Roxann Kay Giles, 61, passed suddenly and peacefully on April 30, 2012, while working for the U.S. State Department in Asmara, Eritrea, Africa, as a nurse practitioner for the U.S. Embassy.
She was the second child, born Aug. 29, 1951, in Norfolk, N.B., Canada, to Charles and Avis Walrod. Roxanne and her brother, Jim Walrod, moved to Florida as children. Growing up in Florida, she was very involved in singing and playing guitar.
After high school, Roxann attended Florida State University for a brief time when she decided to move to Las Vegas, N.M., to attend art school. In 1972, during her travels she met Trevor Giles and they were married soon after in Moline, Ill.
They shared their first years of marriage in Akron, Ohio, when they decided to follow their dreams of homesteading in Greeneville, Tenn. In Tennessee, she gave birth to Courtney Giles in 1980 and the following year to Andrew Giles.
Moving to south Florida in 1983, she pursued a career as a registered nurse. From there, she became the head of a cardiac care unit at Cape Coral Hospital. Raising two children and being a devoted wife, Roxann continued to excel in her nursing career.
After graduating college at University of Miami, she left with her family and her family nurse practitioner degree to go take that big adventure. Moving to Poplar, Mont., in the summer of 1995, she worked for Indian Health Service as a family nurse practitioner.
Following a divorce and the loss of her mother, Roxann continued to work for IHS for almost 10-plus years. During that time, her granddaughter Savannah Giles was born. Wanting to instill in her granddaughter the possibility of adventure and change, much like she instilled in her children with the move to Montana, she joined the foreign service of the U.S. State Department. Taking her first post in Astana, Kazakhstan, she excelled as a provider, teacher and fellow traveler.
Following her first post, she went to Niamey, Niger, and spent two years working for the embassy there. Her final post was with the embassy in Asmara. During her travels, she always carried the love for her granddaughter and her children.
With only two months left before she took up post in Burma, Roxann passed on from this earth. Always, Roxann was truly herself. With her smile, kind ways of communication, spirit and love for her family and friends, she continues to live on in our hearts and actions.
Roxanne was preceded in death by her parents.
Her children and granddaughter, family and friends were honored to have her for the years we shared.
We would like to invite the community to Borge Park on Wednesday, May 23, at 5 p.m. for a potluck and sharing of Roxann’s life.
In lieu of flowers, we are setting up a college fund for her granddaughter, Savannah. She wanted her to always pursue her life with the understanding that life is a world of endless possibilities. Donations to Savannah’s college fund can be sent directly to Courtney Giles at 1304 1⁄2 S. Wilson Ave., Bozeman, MT 59715.
You will be sorely missed and loved for your devotion to all your family and friends. Your travels are truly just beginning.