May 11, 2023

LAMAR- Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church of Lamar for Roberta Elizabeth Hampton, 93, Lamar, who died Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at Good Shepherd Community Care in Lockwood. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Lamar.

A visitation will be held at the church prior to the service, beginning at 10 a.m.

Arrangements are under the direction of Daniel Funeral Home.

Contributions are suggested and made payable to the First Baptist Church of Lamar Building Fund, in care of the funeral home.

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Survivors include a brother-in-law, Richard Scroggs, Lamar; nieces and nephews, Mary Flowers and husband Chuck, Wylie, Texas, Joy Hampton, Norman, Okla., Kathy Sanders and husband David, St. Clair, Steve Laepple and wife Deanna and Gary Melton, all of Lamar, Barbara Laepple, Tyler, Texas, Wayne Johnston and wife Patty, Lamar, Bonnie Kime, Webb City, Darrel Johnston and wife Susie, Carl Junction, Larry Johnston, Connie Smith and husband Greg and Christi Renfro and husband Kent, all of Lamar, as well as numerous great nieces and great nephews.

She was preceded in death by one brother, H.R. “Rusty” Hampton; three sisters, Iva Jean Laepple, Lou Scroggs and Wanda Johnston; two nephews, Charles Hampton and Tom Laepple and two nieces, Carol Melton and Marsha Witham.

Mrs. Hampton was born Aug. 11, 1929, in Piedmont, Okla., to Leb A Hampton and Ona Irene (Stephens) Hampton. She was baptized in 1937 in Ralph Treece’s Cattle Tank, west of Piedmont, Okla., by the pastor of the Piedmont Baptist Church. She was a 1947 graduate of Guthrie High School, Guthrie, Okla. She received her B.S. in Journalism from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Okla. in 1951, then received her Master of Religious Education (M.R.E.) in 1954 from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. In 1955 she took a Spanish course, Escuela de Idiomas in San Jose, Costa Rica and then in 1966 took a Portuguese course, Escola de Linguas, Campinas in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

She served as a Southern Baptist Foreign Missionary, being appointed on March 11, 1954, first in Mexico (1954-57) then to Richmond, Va. (Foreign Mission Board, SBC - now International Mission Board, IMB to serve with Dr. Eugene Hill as editor of Missionary Education Literature [1957-65]), then to North Brazil Mission (Recife, Pernambuco) to serve as Public Relations Counselor, then to South Brazil Mission to work with Brazilian Baptist Home Mission Board (Junta de Missoes Nacionais da CBB) for 16 years and Brazilian Baptist Woman's Missionary Union (UFMBB) until retiring on September 1, 1994. After retiring she returned to the United States and lived in Oklahoma for years and then in 2000 she moved to Lamar to be close to her family. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lamar.