Roxie Johnson Obituary, Longtime food service manager at Great Bear Ski Valley Dies
- by Alex Danvers
Roxie Johnson Obituary, Death – The Great Bear Ski Valley team has suffered the loss of a member of their extended family. Roxie Johnson, who had long overseen the food service, died of a stroke. Johnson oversaw Great Bear’s food service, but he was much more. Whether it was chopping wood or cleaning the tables, she was eager to help. “Roxie was everyone’s favorite. Jill Headrick-Lerdal, one of her closest friends, described her as “just Roxie.”
Roxie was a founding member of Great Bear’s Angels With A Dream organization. Make-a-Wish was able to grant the wishes of a dozen children thanks to funds raised from a car show, concert, and kids carnival. “She would do anything and at any time for anyone,” says Headrick-Lerdal. Jill and the other Great Bear employees wanted to do something special in Roxie’s honor after she died on Sunday. Roxie is getting rails, so there’s that. Fundraising efforts are being made while also remembering those who have died.
They’ve been making snow out here at Great Bear, and while there isn’t enough for the resort to open just yet, there is enough for people to have a good time. Great Bear visitors can ride their snowboards or skis on the lower portion of the slope for $5, where staff is currently installing rails and building jumps. Roxie has known Dan Grider, the general manager, since 2005. “Her life wasn’t always easy,” Grider explained, “but she was the embodiment of the idea that your life circumstances don’t define who you are; rather, they reveal who you are.” “She left an impression.”
The funds raised will be added to Roxie’s friends’ GoFundMe page to help cover the costs of her funeral. Grider promised Roxie and her family that the group would remember them fondly. They will always be a part of our Great Bear family, and her death will never be forgotten. Roxie’s farewell gift was the chance for kids to have fun in a place she adored. According to her close friends, this is exactly what she would have wanted. “This was just another way for us to remember her,” says Headrick-Lerdal. Roxie’s funeral will be held on Friday. Rails for Roxie will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Roxie Johnson Obituary, Death – The Great Bear Ski Valley team has suffered the loss of a member of their extended family. Roxie Johnson, who had long overseen the food service, died of a stroke. Johnson oversaw Great Bear’s food service, but he was much more. Whether it was chopping wood or cleaning the tables,…