Virginia Roach of Kearney, MO, passed away March 31, 2021, at Newmark Care Center.

She was born May 16, 1942, in Copeland, KS, to Herb and Nettie (Dimon) Thomas. Virginia found great joy in both performing and teaching music throughout her life. She was well known for her piano teaching ability both privately and in the school setting, leading hundreds of students in music education. Additionally, she was an astute church organist and member of Sweet Adelines. Though she made music her calling, her happiest moments were along the sidelines watching children and grandchildren engaged in their activities. She was a member of Liberty Christian Church.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, John, Roland and Norman Thomas; and grandson, Bradley Roach.

Survivors include: Kirby, her husband of 59 years; children, Kyle (Kathy) Roach of Pleasant Hill, Lana Roach of Kearney, Marlin (Michelle) Roach of Cameron, and Jana (Jeff) Arabas of Kirksville; and 12 grandchildren, Nathan (Lia), Aaron, Trenton, Kenan, Niki, Kari, Marcus, Hailey (Thad), Jacob, Adriana, Alexandra and Aeden; as well as one great-granddaughter, Nya. Her sister, Dorothy; and many nieces and nephews; and in-laws also survive.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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