Charlene “Shawni” Roth

December 26, 2020
Charlene “Shawni” Roth

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Charlene “Shawni” Roth, 77 of Williamsburg Virginia, passed away peacefully at her home on December 26th, 2020, following a valiant three-year battle with cancer.

Shawni was born in Seattle, Washington to Al and Dorothy Owen on October 16th, 1943.  She worked at various jobs in Seattle, eventually leading to her position as office administrator for the Seattle school district’s Special Needs program.  Always an active person with many interests and hobbies, Shawni and her special group of Seattle friends made wonderful memories biking, hiking, skiing, horseback riding and honing culinary skills.

Shawni married her husband Marc in Sedona, Arizona, on December 7, 1996, and moved from Seattle to Herndon Virginia, leaving the West Coast only for the love of her life.  In 2005, Shawni and Marc retired to Williamsburg Virginia, where they built their home in the Ford’s Colony community.  Shawni loved decorating, which was evident in the beautiful interior of their house and the surrounding gardens. She and Marc enjoyed spending time in their Williamsburg home, at their cabin in West Virginia and at their beach condo in North Carolina.

Shawni traveled the world with Marc, loved to entertain friends, to prepare special dinners, and to do hand-quilting projects that took years to make; all while enjoying a glass of fine wine.  She was active in the Ford’s Colony 9-hole ladies golf league and enjoyed tending to her flowers and lovely garden. Shawni was loving, generous, giving, and an inspiration to all that knew her.  She will forever hold a special place in the hearts of all who were blessed to be a part of her life.

Shawni is survived by her husband Marc of Williamsburg, brother Denny Owen and two nephews – Chris and Brian Owen of Oregon; sister Debbie Fritz and two nieces – Linsey Ward and Lacey Wood of Washington; stepson Mike, daughter-in-law Jacquelyn and two grandsons – Matt and Jake of Herndon, Virginia.

A celebration of Shawni’s life will take place in Williamsburg at a future date to be determined in 2021.

Memorial contributions can be made to Bon Secours Gyn Oncology Services, PO Box 55012, Norfolk, VA 23505, with checks made payable to Bon Secours Hampton Roads Foundations.

Donations can also be made on their website at:   Select Hampton Roads Foundations, Make a gift, BS Mary Immaculate Foundation, Amount, Designation – Other.

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  • December 31, 2020
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  • December 31, 2020
    Sam & Patti Ralabate says:
    We are already missing Shawni's generous friendship. Her gentle spirit graced everyone around her. The world is less without her in it. Our deepest sympathies to Marc and her family.

  • January 01, 2021
    Mike and Gayle McDonald says:
    Shawni was a joy to everyone who knew her. She will be greatly missed. Our sympathy to Marc and Shawni’s family.

  • January 01, 2021
    Myra Polsky says:
    Shawni was a model for our community. Her kindness, lovely nature and extraordinary grace will be remembered by all. It was a joy to know Shawni. She will be missed.