January 26, 1926 ~ March 24, 2020

Born in: Pawhuska, OK
Resided in: Torrance, California

Railsback, Roxie Lou 1926-2020, 94 years.  Mom was born in Pawhuska, OK to Arch Buchanan and Iva Fay (Mantle) Hill, named after her grandmother Roxie (Helton) Hill and her Great Aunt Lou Helton.

Her 2 older siblings, 1 younger brother, and her husband Merl preceded her in death.

In the middle of her Senior Year of High School, her family moved to Pueblo, CO.  She hated it at first, but then enjoyed working for Bell Telephone company.

She met Merl at Colorado State College of Education.  She enjoyed working at Bru-In.  She still received info from her Tri-Delta Sorority.

Mom and dad married in  St. Francis, Kansas in 1947.

Mom was younger than Dad, but because dad was in the service, mom finished college first.  She said she earned her PhT, Putting Hubby Through.

They traveled with friends and family and taught school.  Their son Gary was born in 1954 in Colorado.  They moved to California in 1958.  Their daughter Donna was born in 1959.

Mom attended Torrance 1st Christian Church, South Bay Bible Church, South Bay Christian, and the last four years: Hope Chapel that met in her assisted living.  She enjoyed Twinges in the Hinges at the YMCA and had been a part of Donna’s Y-Indian Maidens group, and went to Y Camp as an administrator.

Mom taught in Colorado, substituted for L.A. City Schools, then taught full-time at Bonita St. Elementary in Carson, retiring in 1986.

They enjoyed the 3rd Thursday group and she enjoyed Christian Women’s Fellowship.

She also taught children and adults in Sunday School; and led CWF lessons into her 90’s.

Mom loved to drink coffee and share dessert or meals with friends, family and neighbors.

She still kept in touch by phone with a cousin and a long time friend.

Dad also taught school, so part of each summer was spending several weeks travelling to visit relatives and friends and see new places; driving to Mexico, Idaho, Colorado, Oregon, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska, Canada, Illinois, Washington State …   In retirement, they enjoyed Elder Hostels.

They also flew to Alaska; South Africa to visit her sister; Hawaii; toured the Mayo Clinic; FDR’s home in TX.  They drove to Missouri, Maine and Prince Edward Island, Canada where the author of Anne of Green Gables was born.

After dad died, mom started a prayer shawl group at South Bay Christian Church.

Mom remembered all these stories of things they experienced.  Gary said we’ve heard them so often, we should number them, then we can just say the number and laugh.  It will save time.  So we did that.

Mom loved to read newspapers, books, do crossword puzzles and watch the news and sports, talk on the phone and in person, crochet and cook.

Her survivors are: her children: Gary and Donna;  Gary’s children: Lyle, Eric and Emily; and

Emily’s daughter Chloe Roxana, named after her great grandma, born a day after mom passed;

Donna and Norm Braly’s children: Leah and Elisa; Leah’s children: Jesse, Kian and Wynter: and

Elisa (Daniel) Devorkin’s daughter: Roxie Mae, named after her great grandma.

Mom lived at home, alone, till she ended up in assisted living at age 90.  She had dermatology surgery that got infected.  Heavy antibiotics made her wobbly.  She fell and hurt her hand.  The hospital said you have to go to assisted living or have full-time help in your house.  She chose assisted living.  We chose Villa Sorrento.  Mom enjoyed the workers, activities, friends there and playing Tri-Ominoes with her buddies.  She got better but enjoyed not living alone and not having to cook.

She also spent time at Driftwood Skilled Nursing Facility a couple times.

Her facility went into lockdown because of Covid 19.  She was sent to the hospital.  They didn’t allow visitors till she was non-responsive.  She died in the hospital on March 24.  She had Corona Virus HKU1.  Only a 10-person funeral was allowed due to the Quarantine.

A marker was ordered at Pacific Crest.   We plan to have a Memorial Service when the Quarantine lifts.

A longer obit was in the Daily Breeze April 11, 2020.  She also has a memorial on


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  1. Roxie Lou Railsback — “Well done, thou good and faithful servant!” My love and prayers…

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