Roxanne Elaine Dyer Sparling Hansche was born July 17th, 1920 in Walla Walla, Washington to George Harold Lewis and Harriet Holmes Dyer. She grew up in Tacoma where she attended Washington Grade School, Allan Mason Junior High School and graduated from Stadium High School, known as "Ye Old Castle" in 1938 before attending the University of Washington. She was married to Victor Sparling for 55 years. They raised six children: Shannon Allper, Steve Sparling (Cecile), Vicki Mead, Ray Sparling (Jenni), Harriet Arnold (Tim), and Heidi Williams (Dave) who gave them 31 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren, and 9 great, great grandchildren. Vic passed away in 1995 and Roxie decided to move to Arizona. In 1999 Roxanne married Frank Hansche. Vic and Frank had been golfing partners for years and were both engineers. Frank passed away in 2015. Roxanne passed away peacefully on November 17th, 2017 at home in Surprise, Arizona. She was preceded in death by her son Steve in 2015, and two granddaughters.
Roxanne enjoyed golfing, traveling, and gatherings of family and friends. She worked for the King County Elections Department for many years, L C Roth Company, and was sewer commissioner for NE Lake Washington Sewer District. A devoted democrat she was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention for "Scoop" Jackson in 1972.
A celebration of Roxanne's life is scheduled for Monday December 4th, 11:00am at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church at 13724 W Meeker Blvd. Sun City West, Arizona 85375. A second celebration will be held in Washington State next summer. In lieu of flowers a donation to The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or Seattle Children's Hospital is encouraged.