On February 2, Roxanne died peacefully of complications from her triple negative breast cancer. Roxanne fought this very aggressive cancer for over 10 years with the assistance of her oncologist, Dr. Robert Nagourney. She always maintained a positive outlook.
Roxanne was born and raised in Long Beach, attending Lowell Elementary, Rogers Jr. High and Wilson High School (Class of '66). In her younger years, she was an avid SCUBA diver and a prize winning underwater photographer. She was also an excellent snow skier and enjoyed that hobby for many years at many different ski resorts.
After receiving her license, she worked as a court reporter for 40 years, 31 of those years working for the County of Orange mostly in Superior Court.
Wine tasting was a hobby she enjoyed with her husband Ray and traveled to Europe and throughout California on trips led by renowned wine writer and advocate, Robert Lawrence Balzer and accompanied by a group of fellow wine tasters, many of whom became life-long friends.
Roxanne and Ray and their dogs also took lots of trips, long and short, in their motor home to such places as the Eastern Canadian provinces, Alaska, the Lewis and Clark Trail and to Tennessee to visit relatives and visit the wonderful music venues there.
Roxanne's last major trip was when she and Ray went to Australia and New Zealand in early 2019 where she had the chance to hold the Koala in the picture.
Roxanne leaves her husband, Ray Nottingham, Cousins Cynthia and John Sewak, other cousins in the DiPaolo and Drake families and her dog Lucky.
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Published by Gazette Newspapers from Feb. 13 to Feb. 20, 2020.