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Naomi Jean Roy ( March 12, 1929 - November 21, 2016 )

Jean Roy, 87, passed away on November 21, 2016 at MidMichigan Medical Center. Jean was born was on March 12, 1929 to the late John and Lena (Hill) Hoy. On September 5, 1952 she married Henry Thomas Roy and they had 60 wonderful years together before he predeceased her on January 6, 2013.

Jean was a native of Charleston, West Virginia, and earned her nursing degree cum laude from Alderson-Broaddus College in 1951. She went on to earn her Master’s Degree in sociology in 1960 and an Ed.D. in health education in 1980 from West Virginia University. Jean served on the Alderson-Broaddus nursing faculty from 1957 to 1979 and again from 1987 to 1993, serving as department chair beginning in 1968. Upon her retirement in 1993 she was names Professor of Nursing Emerita.

Jean served on a number of professional and community service organizations including the Governor’s Advisory Council on comprehensive health planning for West Virginia, the National League for Nursing, and the American Nurses Association.

Jean was an integral part in the Renewing the Promise Campaign at Alderson-Broaddus. Her efforts led to thousands of dollars in contributions used to boost nursing scholarships. The Dr. Jean H. Roy Nursing Scholarship was established in 1993 by nursing alumni in honor of her long-time service and commitment to Alderson-Broaddus College.

In 2007 she and her husband Tommy Roy received the Apollo Award, granted to those who exemplify stellar achievement through teamwork with particular attention to those who uphold strong personal and family standards. She and her husband were members of the E.J. Willis Society with purpose of fellowship among those who attended Alderson-Broaddus College 50 or more years ago.

Jean was a member of the Philippi Baptist Church servicing in various capacities including membership on the Board of Mission, The board of Church Growth and the Building Improvement Committee. While living in Midland she attended Aldersgate Methodist Church. Jean was an avid reader and loved cats.

Jean is survived by his son, John (Julanne) Roy, and grandsons, John (Kelly) Roy Jr. and Harrison (Kristin) Roy. Jean was predeceased by her husband, Tom, and sisters Mildred Freeman and Verna Marie Sheldon.

There will be a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 26th at Aldersgate Methodist Church with Pastor Michael T. Sawicki officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 10 am until the time of service.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Dr. Jean H. Roy Nursing Scholarship at Alderson-Broaddus University.

Arrangements for Jean have been entrusted to the care of Smith-Miner Funeral Home. On line condolences can be left at smithminer.com

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