Obituary: Roxann Handford (Helbig)

Roxann Handford (Helbig)

Roxann Handford (Helbig)

Roxann Handford (Helbig) passed away on May 19 after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease while surrounded by family and in the caring hands of The Joan and Diana Hospice House.

Roxann was born on May 5, 1950, in Evansville, Ind., where she lived for 30 years, close to her immediate family. She made her way across the U.S. with her husband, living in places such as Wyoming, Idaho and Colorado before moving to Lake Havasu City in 1991. Roxann worked for Lake Havasu Parks and Recreation for several years in the after school and summer programs. Because she loved kids and loved helping people, she eventually settled at the Lake Havasu School District, where she worked until she retired in 2012 as a teacher's aide. Students and teachers alike loved her for her kindness and her no-nonsense approach. She was a gem!

When she wasn't working, Roxann could be found outdoors enjoying arrowhead hunting, quad riding, hiking and walking.

Roxann was preceded in death by her husband, David Handford, and parents, Sharon Ruddell and Jack Ruddell. She is survived by her sister, Donna Eisenbath (Marvin); her children, Brent Mitchell, Darice Voigt (Ion), Talea Jones (Jason); stepchildren, David "Shane" Handford and Hayden Handford; nine grandchildren, Chasity, Kyra (John), Cameron, Kayden, Jolden, Karter, Christophe, Ryder and Kai; step-grandchildren, Shane Jr., Joseph, Angelia, Maddox; three great-grandchildren, Skylynn, John Jr. and Gage; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A special thank you to all the wonderful nurses/staff with the KRMC Hospice and The Joan and Diana Hospice House for your care, love and guidance as God prepared to take her into His arms. In her time of need, your warmth and care were truly a blessing!

A memorial service for Roxann will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 5, at Praise Chapel Christian Church located at 419 Harrison St. in Kingman. Please join us as we honor her life and share our memories. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made on her behalf to The Joan and Diana Hospice House in Kingman.