In memory of
Jaqueline Roach Coachella Valley - Jaqueline Roach, a lifelong resident of the Coachella Valley, died August 17, 2018 in Palm Springs after battling a long illness. Ms. Roach, daughter of Edwin and Hazel Savant, was born Jacqueline Lee Savant on February 1, 1936 in Riverside, CA. She had a younger brother, Eddie, who preceded her in death. Ms. Roach spent most of her life living in Indio, CA where she raised her 6 children. As a single parent, she worked full-time and put herself through night school at San Diego State University. In 1969, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree and worked as a kindergarten teacher at Valley View Elementary school in Coachella. She received "Teacher of the Year" in 1989 and worked in the same classroom for over 30 years until she retired. She briefly moved to Idyllwild after retirement to pursue her passion for arts in the small mountain community. However, she found that she missed teaching. After months of frequent driving back down the windy mountain road to teach art classes, she eventually decided to move back down the mountain where she spent the last several years living in Yucca Valley. Her passion for the arts started early, and Ms. Roach was an active member of the community throughout her lifetime. In 1947, at the age of 11, she became an inaugural member of the original cast of the Riverside County National Date Festival pageant. Her work as a dancer, singer, narrator, various pageant roles, and service on the Pageant Coordinating Committee spanned 50 years. In the 1990's, she served as the City of Indio Cultural Arts Commissioner. Furthermore, her love of singing and beautiful voice allowed her to participate in several choirs over the years. She sang with the Palm Desert Master Chorale, Southwest Carolers, Desert Cities Chorus, and West Coast Opera Theater. In addition to her numerous extra-curricular community activities, Ms. Roach enjoyed creative pursuits at home with her family members including making stained glass, building dollhouses, and scrapbooking. Ms. Roach is preceded in death by her sons Walter Wright, Mark Wright, and Craig Coyle. She is survived by her daughters Julie Byrnes of Chicago, IL and Kathy Coyle, of Yucca Valley; and son Bill McLaughlin, of Buckley, WA. A private family memorial will be held for Ms. Roach in Yucca Valley.
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