Maureen  Roark (nee Coker)

Obituary of Maureen Louise Roark (nee Coker)

With a great ache in his heart, Mike Roark announces the passing of his wife of 41 years, Maureen. Daughter of Ben & Ada Coker (deceased) and sister of Richard Coker, Trenton, and Bob Coker, Wooler. We are all sad but she is now resting in the arms of Jesus Christ, her Saviour whom she invited into her heart while working in Beirut, Lebanon as a Physiotherapist. Maureen was taken from us after a five-year-long battle with Frontotemporal Dementia. “She is now free!” Maureen was born in North Bay, Ontario, on the 13th of June, 1946. She grew up on the Trenton Airbase as her father was a School Teacher at Bredner Public School. She spent 4 years at the University of Toronto and graduated from the Rehab Medicine Program as a Physiotherapist, in 1968. Following graduation, she worked in hospitals in Vancouver, Peterborough, Beirut, Lebanon, Ottawa, Vancouver again, and also the Trenton Airbase hospital. Because of her commitment to Jesus Christ, she then attended the Canadian Bible College in Regina, Saskatchewan from 1974-1978, graduating with honors, with a B.A. in Theology.  From 1978-1981, she worked in churches in Salem, Oregon, and Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Mike & Maureen married on the 15th of June, 1979, and spent the next 25 years as missionaries with the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Southeast Asia (15 years in Indonesia, Borneo, and 10 years in the Northeastern Hill Tribes area of Cambodia).  They have no children but have hundreds of spiritual children scattered through the jungles of Asia. Maureen passed into Jesus’ presence at the Belleville General Hospital, on September 10th, 2021. Funeral Service to be held at the Trenton Baptist Church, 125 Dixon Drive, Trenton, on Saturday, September 18th, 2021, at 1:00 p.m., with visitation prior from 12:15 p.m. until service time at 1:00 p.m.


Those wishing to attend the visitation and/or service are requested to register by emailing Steele Funeral Home at: or by calling 613-968-2273, between the hours of 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Interment following at the Carrying Place Annex Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations in memory of Maureen may be made to the Christian and Missionary Alliance of Canada (for work in Indonesia and Cambodia) or the Quinte Humane Society in Belleville (she loved kitties) Arrangements entrusted to Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, Belleville (613-968-2273/1-877-256-3688)

The Funeral Service will be live-streamed. For further information please call the Trenton Baptist Church at 613-392-4596.





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