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Obituary: Roe, Anne M. (Phillips)

Age 95

ROE, Anne M. (Phillips) (Age 95) Anne was born to Anna (Mally) and John Phillips on August 21, 1918. Her ancestry is predominately from Switzerland and Germany. She married Theodore W. Roe in 1942. He was a career Army Officer and the family lived in several areas of the U.S., in the Caribbean and in Europe. Music has been at the center of her life. She graduated from Holy Names College with a Bachelor’s degree in Music in 1940. She taught music in city schools. She provided organ music for church services in the Chapel at the V.A. Hospital in Spokane for 35 years and received the Presidential Award for volunteer service. She also has provided music (piano) with her cousin Betty Himmelsbach (violin) for many area nursing homes and retirement centers for the past 20 years. Mrs. Roe was a kind person who respected all life, great and small, on this earth. She was a good neighbor and this was very important to her. Her family is son Gerald Roe, Spokane; daughter Elizabeth Gannon and son-in-law Richard Gannon, Alexandria, Virginia; daughter Kathleen Bennis, Illinois; and William Roe, Spokane. She has four grandchildren. Her beloved nieces are Lu Ann Van Leuven, Tacoma; and Kathy Spencer, Karen Schiffner and Patti Bethel all of Spokane. Her nephews are John D. Klepinger, Spokane; Tom Phillips, Colorado; and Ralph Phillips, Arizona. Mrs. Roe died on January 12 after a prolonged Illness. In place of flowers, one might give a donation to the Retirement Fund for the Holy Names Sisters or to the Abbey of St. Clare, both of Spokane. A Rosary will be held on Sunday, January 19th, at 3:00 pm at Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home. Viewing will take place on Monday, January 20th, from 12-8 pm. A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, January 21st, at 11 am at St. Thomas More Parish. To view Anne’s online memorial, please visit Arrangements entrusted to