Rae Belle Roak

Rae B. Roak, 82, of Simpsonville, SC; passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, August 25, 2018after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born March 21, 1936 in Millis, MA. She was a daughter of the late Albion and Elsie Morris Carlson.

On October 16, 1954 she married her highschool sweetheart Edward Joseph Roak. They made their home in Millis, MA and raised their two children. In 1974 the family moved to Big Rapids, MI. While living in Big Rapids she worked at Ilene Industries, part-time for Michigan Knife Co. and volunteered at the gift shop located in the Big Rapids Hospital. In February of 2000 Rae and Eddie decided to retire and moved to Simpsonville, SC.

In addition to her devoted and loving husband of nearly 64 years, Mrs. Roak is survived by one son, Eddie Roak Jr. and his wife, Kim, of Simpsonville; one daughter Sheila Scott (Kevin) of Glendale, AZ; five grandchildren, Tyler and wife Sarah Roak, Brandon Roak, Selina (Dary) Wright, Eric and wife Yope Scott, and Melissa and husband Jason Crews; seven great-grandchildren, Leah, Micah, Noah, and Isaiah Roak, and Kole, Logan, Scott, and Gunnar Crews; one sister, Lainie and husband Ned Olson; many nieces and nephews; and one special niece, Betty Bodge.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Robert Carlson; and one great-grandchild, Avah Faith Roak.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to: The Alzheimers Association or to Open Arms Hospice.

A private memorial gathering will be held at a later date.

Condolences to the family of Rae Belle Roak

  • Larry and Barbara LeBaron
    5 years ago

    ED and family, please know you are all in our hearts and prayers during this difficult
    time. Rae will truly be missed she was a special lady. She leaves a great legacy in her children and grandchildren. She is with God now, Rest in peace.

  • Deb Fulmerhouser
    5 years ago

    Ed I’m am SO very sorry for your loss…I know how heavy your heart can get so just know you are in my thoughts and prayers my friend…Go Bless..

  • Tim Franck
    5 years ago

    Ed, Eddie, Kim and family, I’m so sorry to hear about Rae Belle. She was one of my favorites, that’s for sure! Nothing but good memories for me and I know you have them as well.

  • Rex Schuberg
    5 years ago

    Your family are in my thoughts and
    Prayers with comfort in knowing that
    Your Mom is reborn

  • Peggy Wagner
    5 years ago

    Eddie, I am sorry to hear about Rae. I know how hard this must be for you and how faithful you have been in loving her.

    Hope to see you back at group if you think it would be helpful.

    Peggy Wagner
    Advent Methodist Church
    Alzheimer’s group co-leader

  • Jean LaCroix
    5 years ago

    Eddie, we’re so sorry to hear of Rae’s passing. We have such great memories of fun times with you both. Sincere sympathies to you and your family and peace in the coming days

    Jean and Dutch LaCroix

  • Ron Dubridge
    5 years ago

    Ed, Sheila, Eddie and Kim
    So sorry to hear of Rae’s passing. I only knew her for a short time but could tell she was a
    special lady with a special family. Your in my thoughts and prayers in this difficult time.

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