Roxy Lanie Ward Hey, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 in her home at the age of 92.
Roxy was born June 26, 1926 in Lebanon, the daughter to Hubert N. and Birdye Young (Parker) Ward on the land settled by her great-great-grandfather (the Ward Family) in 1796. She graduated from Hartsville High School and attended Coppins Business School, which led to employment at American National Bank in Nashville. Roxy studied dance for many years in Nashville and entertained soldiers on stage during World War Il once, even preceding Ann Miller.
She married James “Jim” Orville Hey on Nov. 16, 1946 in Nashville. He preceded her in death on May 7, 1996. Jim and Roxy moved to Dixon, IL and raised three sons; Jim, Ward and Marty.
Roxy belonged to numerous clubs including: Phidian and Garden Club, in which she was a member for 60 years. She was a board member of the City Planning Board of Appeals, past president of the Ladies Auxiliary, a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a long-time member of the Dixon Country Club. She was happy with her accomplished golfing, once even getting a hole in one! Roxy had a passion for gardening; she loved her pretty flowers, beautiful yard and enjoyed watching various birds. Roxy also had a talent for sculpting, in which she received a certificate and for interior decorating in which she gained a degree from LaSalle University.
Roxy and husband Jim enjoyed their part-time residence for nine years before building the “Homeplace” on the land in Tennessee, where she was born. It was built with enough room for all the children and grandchildren to gather and create special memories together. She loved her family above all else and supported them in every endeavor always cheering on the sidelines, even gaining the reputation and receiving a trophy for “fan of the year” during one the many wrestling seasons. Roxy especially enjoyed shopping and her favorite excursions were taking trips into Chicago to Marshall Fields and the Little Traveler in Geneva. She had many valued friends and enjoyed much entertaining in her lovely home over the years. Roxy was a member of the First United Methodist Church most of her life. She loved God and faith was an integral part of her spirit.
Anyone who knew Roxy thought of her as a classy, well dressed, beautiful, enthusiastic and lively lady. Her smile was contagious and she had a kind heart and compassionate spirit. Many people will remember her for her pretty white hair and sweet southern accent. We will miss her deeply but we shall continue onward in remembrance of love shared and in celebration of a life well lived.
She is survived by her sons, Jim (Whitni) Hey, Ward (Siraporn) Hey, Marty (Karen) Hey; step-daughter JoAnne (Tom) Whitcomb, all of Dixon, IL; 14 grandchildren, Jacob, Micah, Jamie (Michelle), Cade, Alayna, Marty ll (Melanie), Matthew (Andrea), Karey (Jason), Justin, Genesis (Jay), Jimmy (Magen), Andrew, Paul and Cindy (Jeff); 27 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Frances Waller of Lebanon, Alice Terwilliger of Nashville, Caroline Lauderdale of Lenoir City.
Roxy was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Hubert and Lewis; and one granddaughter Roxy Lanie.
The family wishes to sincerely thank everyone for their love.
Visitation will be from 9-11:00 a.m., on Thursday, Oct. 11, at First United Methodist Church in Dixon, IL with Rev. Timothy Mitchell, and Rev. Heewon Kim co-officiating. Burial will follow at Grand Detour Cemetery.
Arrangements are being completed by Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon, IL. Condolences may be sent to prestonschilling.com.