Roshelle “Food Soldier” Pate

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In humble reverence, we remember Roshelle “Food Soldier” Pate, a soul who gracefully transitioned from this earthly realm on November 13, 2023, in Columbus, Ohio. Born on January 8, 1965, in Marquette, MI, Roshelle embodied the virtues of humility, gratitude, and profound respect for all of creation throughout her life’s journey.

Roshelle’s spirit radiated kindness, embracing the depths of generosity and selflessness. Her love knew no bounds, extending warmth and compassion to all who crossed her path. Her presence left an indelible mark on the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to have known her.

Roshelle was honored by The Columbus Foundation with its The Spirit of Columbus Award in 2021. She was also a lead ambassador for The Big Table, she paid tribute to Everyday Heroes, but, more than anything, she was a source of light and inspiration to both those in need and those looking to be in service to others.

Left to cherish her memory is her beloved mother, Shirley Pate, whose unwavering love and guidance shaped Roshelle’s path. In addition, her aunt Jerry Fields and her bonus sons, Timmothy Motley II and Myles Motley, were blessed by her nurturing presence. Roshelle also leaves behind a cherished network of cousins and special friends who mourn her loss and treasure the moments shared. She now joins her heavenly ancestors including her grandmothers Lula Fields-Foster and Ellen Adams, and her uncles Sherman Adams, Pete Foster, Curtis Fields, Albert Fields, Rodney Fields and Everett Fields.

Roshelle’s educational journey took her through Marion-Franklin High School, where she laid the foundation for her future accomplishments. Her thirst for knowledge and growth led her to pursue higher education at both Ohio University and Ohio State University, where she soared to new heights.

Roshelle’s life was also marked by her commitment to serve her country. With honor and dedication, she embraced her role in the Airforce, embodying the values of duty, honor, and sacrifice. Her service was a testament to her deep-rooted devotion and commitment to the principles she held dear.

Roshelle’s spiritual journey found solace and inspiration within the sacred walls of New Birth Christian Ministries. Her faith was a guiding light, instilling in her a profound sense of purpose, hope, and resilience.

In this time of mourning, the compassionate team at Marlan Gary Funeral Home, located in Columbus, Ohio, stands as a pillar of support for Roshelle’s grieving loved ones, offering comfort during this difficult time.

Roshelle “Food Soldier” Pate’s life serves as a testament to the transformative power of humility, gratitude, and reverence for all of creation. Her legacy shall forever reside in the hearts of those who were blessed to have shared in her journey. May her soul find eternal peace, and may her memory inspire us to embrace these sacred virtues. WELL DONE ROSHELLE.

Roshelle “Food Soldier” Pate, age 58. Sunrise January 8, 1965 and Sunset November 13, 2023.

Public Visitation 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Funeral Service 11:00 AM Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at New Birth Christian Ministries, 3475 Refugee Rd.

Interment at Union Cemetery.

Condolence Messages

  1. I met Roshelle through the Food Solider canteen and the food giveaway. She was warm, bright, and cheerful. She made a huge impact in my life and she fed my family and I for many months. Thankyou for sharing her with us, she will be truly miss.

  2. Shirley,
    May God comfort you during this difficult time.

  3. Krista (Groce) Bolden

    I met roshelle in elementary school. I knew her mother Miss pate she always treated me nice when I used to go over their house. When I read that she had passed away Roshelle, it saddened me to hear that she was gone. She never had any enemies everybody enjoyed her company cuz she was so bubbly and cheerful and intelligent very smart. But now you are in God’s hands, I’m praying for your family may they have peace at this time, it’s always hard to lose somebody when you don’t understand why they took her, because she was so cheerful and love passing out food and helping people she was the only child that her mother had, so my condolences go out to the family. Even though I haven’t seen her in a long time I saw her on TV when she was passing out food in the neighborhood of hers I thought she still the same the same giving person, may she rest in heaven

  4. So Unfortunate, but Greater home Awaits, and your efforts will not be in Vain! ✨⚜️

  5. I carry vivid memories of Roshelle and the “Koebel Crew” dancing in my living room, facilitated by my sister Tracy “back in the day”.

    My condolences to her family; she’ll be immeasurably missed by everyone she touched.

    May she Rest In Glory!

  6. Shirley, my hearfelt condolences to you and family. May God comfort and strengthen you. Love and Peace.

  7. Shirley, know that I am praying for your strength and God’s Comfort in the days and months to come. You know our family is just a phone call away. Rochelle will certainly be missed. We love you.

  8. I volunteered many times with and for Roshelle and it was always a pleasure working with her. She was tireless and so dedicated to what she was doing. I never heard her say no to anyone, she always had a back up plan. You will be missed so much sweetheart.
    To Shirley and her boys, She was so proud of you and spoke of you often. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Hold onto Gods hand. With deepest sympathy

  10. Shirley,

    Our hearts are broken but we know that God has everything in His hands. May the peace of God be with you and strengthen you.

    Tim and Rhonda (Lawrence) Davis

  11. Minister Michele Moore

    We met Roshelle during our church food giveaway for Peace Missionary Baptist Church. She always made sure we had the best help and support we needed. Her and the support team were always pleasant and professional. She will be surly missed. We wish peace and blessings to the family!

  12. Juanita Christian and family

    My Family and I extended our deepest condolences to Shirley she will be truly missed. Take comfort in knowing she in safe in his arms.

  13. Roshelle, you never met a stranger and your heart was filled with so much love and determination to help everyone you could. You will be missed my dear friend

  14. Mrs. Gloria Bates

    My heart is heavy. I pray her Mom can with stand this loss as well as the community. Rochelle was the flower in many gardens. She never forgot to bring me flowers when she had them. What a loss …Lord help all the people that she fed with grace and love. Let us all remember her kindness. My condolences to the family I know. . . it’s hard, God loved her more. I pray peace for her Mother, Blessings to her Family and many Friends who will miss her in so many and she will always be remembered as The Food Soldier, I will remember her as a caring loving person, respectful of the elderly and those in need. God is with all of us through this tiring and hurtful time. She is at Peace.

  15. I first met Rochelle at the old Ebenezer Baptist. Church at 86 S. Ohio. She was serving on the usher board. She was absolutely gorgeous with that beautiful smile, bubbly personality and great sense of humor and fashion. Although I hadn’t seen her in over 40 years I was still taken back by the news of her transitioning. May her positive energy continue to influence those who loved and treasured her. May her spirit continue the work she started from the ancestor realm! May her name be remembered for many generations. May her family and friends be deeply comforted in these difficult times.

  16. Pilar of the community. Always in our hearts and prayers. Will not be forgotten! Your will to give to those in need will never go unseen! Much love Cuzzin!

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