Roxie L. Culp

Des Moines – Roxie, 61, passed away May 23, 2013 at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines, while surrounded by family. She was cremated and a small family wake will follow at a later date. Memorials may be made to Taylor House Hospice.

Roxie was born September 20, 1951 to the late Earl and Gladys Lucas of State Center, Iowa. She spent her childhood exploring the family farm with her four sisters: Pat, Sally, Lynn and Terry. Shortly after graduating from West Marshall High, Roxie joined the Army but due to medical reasons received an early honorable discharge.

After returning home she soon met and married her first husband, Donald Prescott, who in 1972, shared in the birth of their son, Patrick. The three moved to Germany, a country which Roxie always recalled with fondness. After returning home, Roxie and Patrick parted ways with Don.

On June 18, 1979 Roxie wed David A. Culp and the family moved to their still current residence in Des Moines. After their daughter, Shelby, was born in 1980, Roxie resigned from her job as a Nursing Home Activity Director to become a full-time mom.

Roxie’s love of the outdoors continued to grow. She, along with her family, cultivated a backyard flower and vegetable garden, enjoyed nightly walks and many trips to both locale and state parks.

As her children grew older her ever present love of literature and writing spurred her to attend classes at DMACC, in pursuit of her dream of having a college degree. She not only earned her AA but graduated Magna Cum Laude. Roxie followed her studies to Drake University for a Bachelor’s in Journalism. Although Roxie maintained her place on the Dean’s List throughout her time as a student, an irresolvable illness forced Roxie to leave school, just one semester short of graduation.

During a window of health in 2002, Roxie and David took a trip to Estes Park, Colorado where she discovered her true “home.” She became a child once more. Her joy radiated from her smile, even through photographs, reflecting her love of nature: its freedom, its expansiveness, its simplicity and, above all, its pure, honest, truth. Roxie washed her hands in ice cold mountain streams, revealing no indication of its severity in her eyes. Every moment was one of pure joy. Every breath she drew, renewing her life. Roxie and David rediscovered their love of one another while there. The change it inspired following them home, noticeable at once, to all who knew them. Roxie had found what she had been searching for, for so long, and its effect was magnificent.

Roxie is survived by her husband, David Culp; her son, Patrick Prescott and fiance, Rebecca Anderson; her daughter, Shelby Powers and son-in-law, Greg Powers; her four aforementioned sisters; seven grandchildren and eight nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother and father; her mother-in-law, Ina Leonard; her sister-in-law, Marilyn Gooding; and her unborn child, whom was always loved and remembered, finding a home in her heart.

Her family and friends choose to remember Roxie as she was the summer she journeyed to Estes Park. The Roxie, her heart and soul fully exposed, finding peace and nothing more.

Iles Funeral Homes – Grandview Park Chapel in Des Moines are handling arrangements and online condolences are welcome at