Judy Steagall Roche

Born in Nashville, TN on September 5, 1942

Departed on August 11, 2016 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

  • Visitation: Hendersonville First Presbyterian Church Room: Fellowship Hall
    • Thursday August 18, 2016 4:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Life Celebration: Hendersonville First Presbyterian Church Room: Sanctuary
    • Friday August 19, 2016 11:00am to 12:00pm

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Age 73 of Hendersonville, TN passed unto her Lord and Savior on August 11, 2016 after a brief illness.

A dedicated teacher, Judy taught in Metro Nashville Public Schools for twenty-eight years until her retirement. While teaching, she called Neely’s Bend Elementary School her home. Upon retiring from her first career, Judy went on to devote sixteen more years passionately serving the children and community at the Hendersonville Public Library. She will live on as “The Story Lady” to many in the community.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Vicki Steagall; and her sister, Shannon Steagall. Judy leaves behind her faithful and loving husband of 52 years, Richard Roche; daughter, Lauren (Ryan) Powell; son, Andrew (Kelly) Roche; sister, Vicki (Kelly) Snead; brothers, Ken Steagall, Ronnie (Darla) Steagall; several nieces and nephews; and numerous treasured friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Judy’s honor to Hendersonville First Presbyterian Church’s Memorial Fund, 172 West Main Street, Hendersonville, TN 37075. Please be sure to indicate your gift in memory of Judy Roche.

The family will receive visitors on Thursday, August 18 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Judy’s Funeral Service will be held on Friday, August 19 beginning at 11 a.m. in the church. All services will take place at Hendersonville First Presbyterian Church. hendersonvillefh.com

3 Comments to Judy Steagall Roche

  1. Ruth Puryear and Nancy Neely
    August 13, 2016 10:59 pm

    What a wonderful human being. Judy was always the same – a warm, smiling and wonderfully friendly woman. She will be so dearly missed. Our prayers are with the Family and all her Friends. Judy will be a fine addition to Heaven!

  2. Michelle Boswell Sloan
    August 14, 2016 12:25 pm

    Mrs. Roche was my 2nd grade teacher at Neelys Bend and from the first moment I walked into her classroom, I fell in love with her! When asked to think about my favorite teachers, she is always the first one that comes to my mind. I was blessed to have her. My heart is sad today but full of sweet memories of her. Prayers for her family.

  3. Elaine Hodge Fite
    August 18, 2016 12:10 pm

    Judy was a wonderful , kind, loving and generous friend to all lucky enough to know her. Judy and Richard lived and lived and laughed together and shared their happiness with children and friends. I was a member of her graduating class in high school and college and had the good fortune of her friendship. Judy gave part of herself to the world she touched. She died as she lived, unselfish, giving her organs, and already she has saved the lives of three people. God has blessed us by allowing us to know her and call her friend, mother, teacher, and wife.

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