Elise Samuelson Roach

Elise Samuelson Roach

August 25, 1963 – July 15, 2019

Highland Park, Illinois – Galveston, Texas

Elise Samuelson Roach, 55, died July 15, 2019, in Galveston, Texas.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 am on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Faith Lutheran Church in Dickinson, Texas.

Elise Irene Samuelson was born August 25, 1963, in Highland Park, Illinois to Gene Howard Samuelson and Joan Irene Glidewell Samuelson. Her father was a Lutheran Minister and Neurosurgeon from Chicago, Illinois. Her mother, an operator and elder-hostile aide from Kokomo, Indiana.  They settled in Galveston in 1969.

Elise had a loving and creative spirit that could not be contained. She graduated from Ball High School in 1982, where she was a Colonel on the Tornettes dance team. Following high school, Elise attended college at the University of Texas, pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. She spent a year in Paris furthering her dance training, and finished her education at Kent State achieving a degree in Dance Therapy. While living in Ohio, Elise became the mother of her son and greatest joy, Brian Matthew Adams. Elise enjoyed working on the farm and riding her horses.  Later, she returned to Texas and settled in Dickinson in 2004. There she reconnected with and married her best friend, Ernest Glenn Roach.

Her passions included art, dance, and singing. A natural performer, she performed in college and local theatres and was a member of a band. She shared her creative gifts with others starting her own dance school, teaching art to elementary school students at San Leon Elementary School and through her own art camps, as well as hosting “Paint and Wine” nights. Elise’s overflowing light and laughter will be missed by the numerous people she touched.

Elise is preceded in death by: her parents, Gene Howard Samuelson and Joan Irene Samuelson; and father-in-law Mr. J.D. Roach. Elise is survived by: her husband, Mr. Ernie Roach; son, Mr. Brian Adams of Pittsburgh, PA; two step-sons Mr. Dylan Roach of Pearland, TX and Mr. James Adams Jr. and fiancé Ms. Lisa Cook of Lisbon, OH; two step-daughters Ms. Diane Adams and fiancé Mr. Eric Gilcher of Pittsburgh, PA and Mrs. Brittany and Mr. Chad Board of Calcutta, OH. Three brothers and their families, Dr. Bradley and Mrs. Liliana Samuelson of Wichita Falls, TX, Dr. Todd E. and Mrs. Dede Samuelson of Fort Worth, TX; Dr. Christian and Mrs. Taylor Samuelson of San Antonio, TX; three sisters and their families, Dr. Julie and Mr. Tony Purser of Dickinson, TX, Dr. Jeanne and Mr. Guy Nelson of Clear Lake, TX, and Dr. Mical and Dr. Lucas Duvall of Magnolia, TX; her mother-in-law, Mrs. Karen Roach of Dickinson, TX; brother-in-law Mr. John Roach of Dickinson, TX; grandchildren, Rowan and Waylon; step-grandchildren, Chad, Scott, Austin, James III, Dakota, Karsyn Elise, and Cagney; and 1 step-great-grandchild, Gabriel.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the American Diabetes Association.


  1. My prayers to your family during this difficult time. Glad to have met you at San Leon Elementary. You will be greatly missed!

    Roxanne F.
    • How did this happen?😭🥺😢 Ms Roach was one of my favorite teacher and the nicest to talk to🥺but why did god have to take her away😕😢🥺

      Kevin Rodriguez
  2. Jeanne, what an absolutely amazing woman your sister, Elise, was. I so wish I had known her. Her loss will leave a huge vacuum in many places.

    Sally Williams
  3. What a beautiful woman with as beautiful a spirit. Although I have not seen Elise in years I had the pleasure of knowing her several years as a DISD art teacher. We were acquainted, attended meetings together, art teacher conference together, laughed shared stories of art, music, our children, families, etc. My deepest condolences to her family and all who loved her. Rest In Peace, beautiful Elise. You will be terribly missed, but you have blessed many with your joy and kindness.

    Charleen Watson
  4. My condolences to Elise’s family. She was a joy to be around. She lit up the room when she walked in. Her passionate spirit will be missed by all.
    A Herrmann

    Amy Herrmann
  5. Going to Texas will just not be the same without Elise being there for me to have fun with. I will always remember the day I spent with her in June.

    Ruby Wedterbuhr
  6. Dear Ernie, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
    So happy I was able to meet your precious wife last year.
    Cathy Marchand Nerios

    cathy marchand nerios
  7. When our loved ones are gone, we get to carry their light in our hearts.
    Thank you sweet Elise, dear Joan and dearest Samuelson family for the gift of knowing you and for all the beautiful memories of my exchange year
    with you in Galveston 1979-80.
    I am so very sorry for you loss.
    Lots of love
    Maria in Sweden

    Maria S Boman
  8. *Awwww I remember mrs,roach she was the sweetest loving art teacher ever r.i.p beautiful may you Rest In Peace you will be missed by many but you left a beautiful compact on all of us that went to sanleon elementary prayers to your family god bless🙏🏽💓💓*

    Lizette gonzales
  9. I will send my prayers to u i will forever love you mrs.roach you were the best art teacher im now 14 and i wish i could go back to when i was a 2nd grader i will for ever miss u m rip u will be missed forever

    Paul ricket
  10. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who loved Elise. She was an amazing teacher and artist. She would make huge murals for our DISD Employee Banquet that were always so incredible! She absolutely had a gift of connecting with people through her art, her smile, and her compassion.

    Years ago, she had a bassett hound puppy that needed a home. That dog, Doogie, has been in our family for over 11 years now and I think of her often through him.

    God Bless all that will miss and loved her.

    Charlotte Barkmann
  11. OMGGG i remember her! I moved and this is scary…she died a day after m-my birthday…rest in peace Mrs.Roach, we will all remember her, she will be in our hearts always..😭😭😭😭❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    Raleigh Hooker
  12. We only met Elise a few years ago, but really enjoyed her spark and creativity. So sorry she left us so soon….Until we meet again
    Heartfelt sympathy sent from your Wisconsin family

    Fred & Char
  13. I just wanna say all her kindness she gave me and she taught me how to draw she was the best teacher I love all the support she gave all to my school

  14. She died after my moms birthday and my birthday 😢😭

    Joselyn alexa paredes
  15. Rest in peace, Elise. May your light go on to shine in all of us <3

  16. Mrs . Elise I em i’m glad I met you because I was one of your students when I found out I was really sad and I started crying I can’t believe what just happened how did
    Just happened I’m so sorry for you💔😖😣😢

    Sandy parada

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