Josephine C. Roach, 45, homeopathic practitioner

November 12, 2003

Josephine C. Roach, a licensed homeopathic practitioner and avid sailor, died of ovarian cancer Saturday at her Annapolis home. She was 45.

Born Josephine Daggett Clap in Alexandria, Va., she moved to Annapolis with her family in 1961. She was a 1976 graduate of Annapolis High School and earned a bachelor's degree in history from Mount Vernon College in Washington. She had worked as a legal secretary in Washington from 1984 to 1993.

A homeopathic practitioner in Washington and Annapolis, Mrs. Roach was a 1996 graduate of the New England School of Homeopathy in Amherst, Mass.

She was married in 1984 to Edward F. Roach, owner of Columbia Inc., a Washington manufacturer of millwork.

Mrs. Roach and her husband enjoyed ocean racing and sailing aboard the Magic Carpet, their 56-foot yawl.

"She loved cruising to New England and Maine, and was a great ocean sailor," Mr. Roach said. "She had respect but no fear of the ocean."

Mrs. Roach was a member of St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Church Circle, Annapolis, where a memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. today.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Roach is survived by a daughter, Anna Christina Roach of Annapolis; her mother, Alma W. Clap of Annapolis; two sisters, Amelia C. Teeling of Annapolis and Hillary Clap Little of Towson; and several nieces and nephews.

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