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Obituary for Roka Jean Raymond

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Roka Jean Raymond

June 8, 1928 - November 1, 2017

Roka Jean Tingey Raymond, 89, quietly left this world on the evening of November 1st, 2017 and is now reunited with her husband and heavenly family, who surely have been waiting anxiously for her. When she left she was surrounded by her earthly family in a room filled with love.

Roka was born in Woodruff, Utah on June 8, 1928, a snowy June day! She spent her childhood there and would cultivate a love for Woodruff that would last throughout her life. She loved that little spot in this world. At 14 she moved with her family to Ogden, continuing her education at Ogden High School (where she graduated in 1946) and Weber State College.

She worked at the railroad in Ogden, the Pacific Fruit Express, where she met her future husband, Wendell, who worked for the Union Pacific Railroad. Though she was warned by her sister to watch out for those “car toads” as the workers were called, she fell for one of them and they soon married. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on November 30, 1949. In 1958 they adopted, a son, whom they named Brett, and in 1960, a daughter whom they named Rowena, after Roka’s mother. She would later work for the Ogden City School district at Mt. Ogden Jr. High School, first as a secretary and then teaching and counseling students in learning various job skills.

She loved her family and that love was present at every family function, all her kids’, grandkids’ and great-grandkids’ activities and special moments. She was there for us all, and it meant a lot. She loved her cats. Maybe as much as her family.

She loved music and it was a big part of her life. She sang in many different choirs and was particularly proud to have sung in the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. She sang in double-trios, and in a group called the “Singing Mothers”. They would sometimes practice in her living room, directly affecting Roka’s children in a wonderful way with the beautiful harmonies they would make.

She also loved knitting on her knitting machine, making scores of blankets, beanies, and especially Christmas stockings which hang on fireplaces throughout Roka’s family! She was a swimmer and was a regular at the old Deseret Gym for many years. She also enjoyed reading, gardening, and working in her yard.

She loved her church, and was very active in her ward, the Ogden 44th Ward, which would later be called the Sullivan Hollow Ward. Some of her callings were: Counselor in Stake Mutual (Young Women), Primary President, Stake and Ward Music Chairperson and Chorister and Choir Director. She loved all things New Zealand, the land her father served in as a missionary, and where her name came from.

Everybody loved Roka Jean. She will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wendell, her Mother Rowena, Father Thomas Josiah, brothers Loren and Willard and two sisters (can we call them her best friends) Genett and Mavis.

She leaves behind step-son Charles (Katie -Syracuse, UT); son Brett (Becky -Kaysville, UT); and daughter Rowena (David -North Ogden, UT). Grand children TaRena, Ryan, Brooke, Geoffrey, Brittany, Aymee, Carlee, Kelsey and Benjamin. And 18 great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank all at Country Pines for the extraordinary care, empathy and love they showed to Roka. There is an empty room now and an empty room in all of our hearts.

The funeral will be held Saturday November 11th at 11:00 AM at Leavitt’s Mortuary 835 36th St in Ogden. There will be a viewing on Friday November 10th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and also at 10:00AM on Saturday, one hour previous to the funeral.


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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, November 10, 2017

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Service Information

Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017

Time: 11:00 am -

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Family will greet friends from 10:00 – 10:45 am prior to the Funeral Service.


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Born: June 8, 1928
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Condolences for Roka Jean Raymond

Patti Spackman Carpenter posted on 2/19/18

I just learned of Roka Jean's passing and want to send my condolences to her family. Roka was a true and lovely person with a wonderful sense of humor. She helped me more than she will ever know.


Patricia Taylor posted on 11/11/17

May this light your way


Patricia Taylor posted on 11/11/17

Dear Aunt ROKA you were a loving person and you will be missed. I loved you and am glad I shared many fond memories with you. You have meant alot to many people and enriched their lives. Thank you for the wonderful moments we shared. Many of our relatives have passed and have been waiting for you to join them. Basking the happiness of rejoining them. Your family is blessed to have memories of you being with them. God welcomes you now. Daughter of Filo and Ruth Raymond


Denise Telford posted on 11/8/17

Brett-I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. I have many fond memories of her—one of which was when she taught me how to say Lex De Azevedo correctly. She was so proud of your musical talents. I remember her sense of humor, which you inherited. She will be missed.


Annette posted on 11/8/17

Aunt Roka was & will always be a rock in my life. She was not only the best Aunt ever but a wonderful friend and role model. She will be greatly missed by all, however, her memory and love ❤️ will live on forever.


Brenda Ruffier posted on 11/8/17

I remember working with Roka. She was always wonderful and a joy to be around. Please accept my condolences on your loss.


Jeanne K Wilson posted on 11/5/17

It won't be the same at Country Pines without Roka Jean. Everyday when I go to see Fae I would see Roka and I have grown to love and adore her sweet spirit. She will surely be missed by many. So very sorry for your loss and may you feel His peace at this time. Thinking of you and your family. Love, Jeanne and Fae Wilson


Williams Family posted on 11/5/17

We are saddened to learn that you’re mourning the loss of your dear love one. However, it saddens our God even more. No doubt, you have many fond memories which will resurface from time to time. And because you do have memories, certainly shows that almighty God has memories as well. Therefore, with full confidence you can take comfort in knowing that he longs to restore perfect life to all those in his memory (Job ‪14:13-15‬; Rev 21:3, 4). Please accept our condolences at this most distressing time.