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Roz Pascoe

Roz Pascoe, aged 57, died of cancer on November 11th 2007. She was born in Leamington Spa in the UK and moved to London when her father became the organist at Southwark cathedral. She attended Godstowe preparatory school in High Wycombe and went on to Down House, a boarding school for girls, for the rest of her school years. She became a jazz dancer and worked on stages in London, Blackpool, Madrid and Guernsey. She also worked on Carnaby Street at its height in the mid sixties. She trained as a secretary but decided to become an animal nurse and began her training at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' Harmsworth Hospital in London. For her second year of training she moved to Brecon in Wales where she met her future husband, Peter Pascoe. Together they moved to a practice in Bedford where she worked as an animal nurse. They married in 1978. Later that year Roz and Peter moved to Guelph in Canada for a 1 year internship. This move meant that Roz could not work so she enjoyed the company of two other spouses who were similarly unemployed and she also volunteered for a literacy program. The 1 year position stretched to 11 during which time she had her three daughters and spent her time looking after her family, caring for another child before and after school, and volunteering in the schools. The family were active members of Harcourt United Methodist Church and Roz sang in the choir and enjoyed playing the role of Mrs. Potiphar in their production of 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' - her prior stage experience standing her in good stead. In 1989 she moved to Davis with her family. She continued to be an active participant in her children's education and activities. Most organizations connected with the children soon recognized Roz's ability as an organizer and tapped her skills to their benefit. The family attended Davis United Methodist Church where Roz again sang in the choir and enjoyed reading the Sunday scripture to the congregation. She became a US citizen in 1997 so that she could vote and participate in local elections and served as a poll worker on many occasions. She also volunteered in the community and was an active member of Citizens Who Care, Food Bank, Farm Circle, the Odd Fellows and the Yolo Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program. She was one of the first volunteers in the Yolo CASA program and was particularly passionate about her work for these children. Roz enjoyed her own company and loved to be at home reading or doing sudokus but she also enjoyed traveling and had wonderful opportunities to do so. Despite a lifelong attention to living healthily she was diagnosed with advanced metastatic cancer at the end of 2006. She bore her illness with grace and courage, despite debilitating pain and paralysis, but was greatly saddened by the thought that she would not get to see her two grandsons grow up. She was lovingly cared for by her daughters (Jordan, Emma and Laura), her husband, her mother (Faith), Denise Lichtig, Dr. Joan Smith-MacLean, Yolo Hospice and many friends and relations during the latter months. A celebration of her life will be held at 2 pm on Sunday 25th November at the Oddfellows' Hall, 415 Second Street, Davis. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Yolo CASA http://www.yolocasa.org.



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Guestbook

I met Roz and Peter when we were all living in Solana Beach. The very first day I met her I noticed Roz's positive energy and enthusiasm for everything, even the mundane. She touched my life in a way that continues to this day, even though our time together only spanned a few months. If there were ever an angel on Earth it was Roz. All of our lives a richer for having known her. Her smile and cheer will always be in my heart.

Jennifer Nov 26 2007 12:00 AM

My heart goes to all of you, and especially to Emma whom I knew the best. My memories, of course, Emma, are at the barn and at horse shows. It was such a joy to watch you and Annie, and hang out with your Mom as you two took care of your horses and horsed around. You and your family are in my prayers.

Linda McHenry Nov 25 2007 12:00 AM

We got to know Roz through neighbor gatherings during the last six years, and, enjoyed her happy, active and positive attitude. We are thinking of and grieving with the family during these sad times. Please let us know if we can help out - we're just on the other side of the fence.

Dan, Hanne, Aspen, & Anya Nov 25 2007 12:00 AM

Roz became a friend after she joined the UFC Birding Section three years ago. I enjoyed her enthusiasm. She wanted to learn all the birds, so I was happy to be of help. As a camera happy photographer I was able to get a few pictures of Roz out with our group. If you'd like a copy I can email them to you. I am saddened that her battle was not successful. My prayers for her will be comtinued for years to come. May you all have peace in this time of sorrow. We now have angel watching out for us and the world she loved. Sincerely, Sami

Sami LaRocca Nov 20 2007 12:00 AM

Dear Dr. Pascoe, I'm so sorry about the passing of your wife, Roz. Sounds like she lived a full, rich life. My condolences to you and your family. Take care, Debbie

Debbie Kay Nov 17 2007 12:00 AM

What a wonderful and loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She raised and cared for 3 beautiful, intelligent daughters who are better, stronger women because of her, even tho their time with her was sadly cut short. And as her daughter's friend, I can say that Roz made me feel cared for, as I'm sure many kids felt when they met her. My thoughts and prayers are with Laura, Jordan, Emma, and Peter at this difficult time.

Stef Wacker Nov 16 2007 12:00 AM

To the Family, Roz was a special person and our prayers extend to all of you at this time. We extend our sympathies and grief with you. Garry, Kay Kyle and Sara Pearson

Garry & Kay Pearson Nov 15 2007 12:00 AM

Peter, Jordan, Emma, and Laura, We were so saddened to learn of Roz's illness and passing. She was such a delightful lady, full of cheer and energy. It was such a pleasure to know her and to have all of you as our next door neighbors. May God be with you during this time. We'll keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Vern and Ellie Bonner

Ellie Bonner Nov 15 2007 12:00 AM

Laura...our thoughts and hearts are with you and your family during this sad time.

Bob & Debbie Wacker (Stef's parents) Nov 15 2007 12:00 AM

I was saddened to learn of Roz's passing. I remember working with her on Grad Night plans for Davis High years ago. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Joyce Trujillo Nov 15 2007 12:00 AM

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