Dorys Jean Roach, 82 - April 15, 2014Dorys Jean Roach, 82, of Gothenburg, formerly of North Platte, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg.
Services were conducted on Friday, April 18, at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore with Sid Kite and Haun Kite of the Gothenburg Church of Christ officiating. Burial took place at the North Platte Cemetery.
Roach was born Oct. 3, 1931, to George Albert and Opal Faye Walz Ballard at North Platte. She started school in North Platte and graduated in 1950 from St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Omaha.
She returned to North Platte where she married Jack L. Jenkins on Dec. 28, 1950. The couple resided in and around North Platte where they raised seven children.
In 1972, she married William Alan “Al” Roach and they made their home in North Platte. The couple later resided at El Paso, TX, and Silver City, NM, before retiring to Gothenburg in 2003.
Roach was a 4-H leader for numerous years and a member of the Church of Christ in North Platte and Gothenburg, and Does Drove No. 109. She was also a member and past-president of the Nebraska Teachers Association.
She was a poet, artist, musician and music teacher as well as a great mother and wife, family members said.
Roach was preceded in death by: her parents, George and Opal Ballard; her children’s father, Jack Jenkins; a grandson, Tucker Jenkins.
Survivors include: her husband, Al of Gothenburg; four daughters—Roselyn Kay (Preston) Polk of Hazlehurst, MS, Christie Banowetz of Lone Tree, CO, Ramona Jean Jenkins of Warner Robins, GA, and Laurie (Mike) Viter of Brady; three sons—George LaVerne (Tammy) Jenkins of North Platte, Ken (Jackie) Jenkins,of Lincoln and Gregory Lynn (Marcy) Jenkins of Sidney; 15 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren; extended family members.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Church of Christ.
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