Roxanne Rae Lillibridge, a 61-year-old native of Oelwein, passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday January 6th, 2022. She will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery in Oelwein. A public Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
While plagued with a lifelong illness, Roxanne was a Lupus warrior. She fought the disease for many years, 13 of those years spent doing dialysis several times a week. For most this would be exhausting, but Roxanne always maintained a positive attitude and a spunk that was unmatched. She would never turn down a chance to scare the family with medical issues, while also shocking the medical field escaping death numerous times, including walking out of an ICU to go home (she was a walking miracle).
Roxanne showed this spunk in every area of her life, never giving up when things got tough, or when the odds were stacked against her including licking a bowl to clean the batter, so she didn’t have to do dishes, or a good game of Skip-Bo with no chance to win. She was an avid reader with a love (some may say obsession) for yarn and crocheting, exploring new ideas and patterns. Many have been blessed by her craft with potholders, dish rags, and beautiful afghans. Roxanne had huge passions including the love for her family. She never missed the chance to attend an event or be surrounded by the people most important to her.
Roxanne is survived by her siblings: Larry (Jeanette) Lillibridge of Oelwein, Cheryl Barth of Oelwein, Tom (Kim) Lillibridge of Oelwein, Kim (John) Ruden of Oelwein, Mike Lillibridge of Oelwein; and her sister-in-law Jane Lillibridge of Littleton. She was blessed with many nieces and nephews as well as great and great-great nieces and nephews, all of which she loved more than anything.
She was preceded in death by her infant son Kevin Anthony Weber, her parents Harold and Dorothy Lillibridge, her brother Ben Lillibridge, her brother-in-law Fred Barth, her great-nephew Zachary Alan Reaves, and great-great nephew Ace Alan Reaves.
In Lieu of gifts or flowers, the family requests donations to organizations near and dear to Roxanne including: (Lupus) www.lupus.org, (Cancer) donate3.cancer.org, or (Autism) autismia.com. If gifts are preferred, they can be directed to the family.