Letha Jane Rolen
October 10, 1932 ~ July 23, 2013
Letha Jane Rolen entered into Heaven peacefully on July 23, 2013, at Central Washington Hospital. At that moment, it is believed that her soul mate of 61 years, Otto, was standing there and took her hand and they were reunited. What a beautiful sight to have seen. She was 80 years old. Letha was born to Henry and Ruthie (Bright) Barnes in Sevier County, Sevierville, TN on a farm out in the country on October 10, 1932. She grew up with two brothers and five sisters. In 1947, she met a wonderful guy who came to court her. Otto had been honorably discharged from the Army at that time. Shortly after that, they knew they wanted to be together for the rest of their life and, on November 19, 1948, they married. They were then blessed with their first sons, Ron and Jerry. Dad and Mom wanted to come to Washington State to make their home and raise their children since they had other relatives who had moved out here. In 1958, they did just that. They found a place in Peshastin, where Dad found work in the Burnett Orchard. There they had son, Roger and daughter, Tina. Letha mainly stayed home and took care of the children. Later, she did experience the work in an apple shed called the Little Brownie. In the early 70’s, Dad and Mom moved to Cashmere. Mom worked at the Cashmere Fruit Exchange. After she left there, she went to work with Rosemary Pflugrath making fresh pies, jams and jellies. She really enjoyed this. She was a wonderful homemaker; her house was spotless all the time, as were her children. It is true that you would be able to eat off the floor in her house. She enjoyed cooking big meals at the holidays and having relatives and friends come by. Letha had a very giving soul. She would do anything for her next door neighbors, whether it was keeping their lawns watered, or taking food. She and Dad enjoyed fun trips with Roy and Myrtle (sister) to the Redwood Forest and Dosewallips, camping along the coastline. Letha took great pride in her grandchildren, watching them grow and become what they are today. She was so proud of each and every one of them. Letha made it a must to get her hair done on a regular basis. Her makeup and clothing always looked professional. She enjoyed shopping trips to Seattle with her daughter, Tina, to shop for new things, sometimes staying overnight. She enjoyed walks that sometimes were up to two to three miles. In the late 80’s, she started experiencing the signs of Osteoporosis, which later hindered her from doing things. With all the children being in Wenatchee, Mom and Dad left Cashmere and moved to Wenatchee to be closer to them. Shortly after living in Wenatchee, Dad started experiencing a number of health issues. Letha was the best wife and took such good care of him. Throughout their marriage, they became one. You never saw Mom without Dad and vice versa. In 2009, Letha lost her soulmate. Otto passed away of Leukemia. When that happened, a big part of Mom withered away. There wasn’t a day that went by that she didn’t miss him. She loved the Lord and knew when it was her time, she would see Dad again. She then developed dementia and her children felt it best she move into Blossom Valley. The one and a half years she was there the staff took very good care of her. They called her “Miss Letha.” She liked to attend the Bible Studies with the residents and enjoyed how every holiday was decorated so pretty in the building. She made many new friends there, but Letha never felt the same again after her soulmate’s passing.
Letha is survived by her four children, Ron, Jerry, and Roger Rolen and Tina Logg, all of East Wenatchee; grandchildren, Russell, Michelle, Jaclyn, Jared, Jeff, Jennifer, Mitchell and Brianna; eight great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Ethel Harrell of Cosby, TN, Hazel Rolen of Sevierville, TN, and Mary Thomas and Myrtle Floyd, both of East Wenatchee. She was preceded in death by her husband, Otto; grandson, Jason; brothers-in-law, Roy Floyd, Eugene Rolen and Scott Harrell; sister, Sarah Styles; brothers, Wayne Barnes and Troy Barnes; and niece, Ruby Jean Suttles.
A very Special Thanks of Gratitude to sister, Myrtle Floyd; niece, Eunice Hannah; the entire staff at Blossom Valley; Dr. Catherine Jarecki; nurse, Erin; Dr. Randal Mosely; Dr. Timaris; and the Geriatric Staff.
Graveside Services will be held on Friday, August 2, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery in East Wenatchee. Ward’s Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth, is in charge of the arrangements.