LAMAR- Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lamar First Baptist Church for Ferne Lucille Roberts, 92, Lamar, who died Thursday morning, Jan. 11, 2018, at Mercy Hospital in Joplin. Burial will be in Lake Cemetery.
Visitation will be held at the church prior to service time, beginning at 1 p.m.
Arrangements were under the direction of Daniel Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to First Baptist Church or Gideons International, in care of the funeral home.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.danielfuneralhome.net.
Survivors include a son, David Roberts and wife Teresa, two daughters, Carol Reavley and husband Dr. Ted and Ann Chesnut and husband Judd and a sister-in-law, Dr. Dorothy Roberts, all of Lamar; 10 grandchildren, Erin Reavley McNaught and husband Dr. Mike, Gregg Roberts and wife Ashley, Beth Chesnut Fowler and husband Jeremy, Dr. Brenton Reavley and wife Kristen, Brooke Reavley, Dr. Brian Reavley and fiance Megan, Lindsey Roberts Pritchard and husband Jeremy, Jared Chesnut and fiance Becca, Adam Chesnut and wife Candace and Shelby Roberts and 19 great-grandchildren, Shae, Brecken and Trace Roberts, Zane Reavley, Halle, Claire, Grant and Wyatt McNaught, Heather, Paige and Lilly Pritchard, Tanner, Teagan and Tinley Fowler, Andee, Ellee and Toree Chesnut and Ella and Jackson Reavley.
Mrs. Roberts was born May 4, 1925, at her family home in Boston, Mo., to Glenn and Tressie (Whicker) Brown. After graduating from Lamar High School in 1943, she attended Pittsburg State College and worked in the drafting department at Finley Engineering. She married the love of her life, Elwood Roberts, on December 26, 1960 and they owned and operated Roberts Department Stores on the west side of the Lamar square and in Nevada for many years. He preceded her in death on May 7, 2014.
A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she freely shared her time, talents and heart with family and friends. An active member of First Baptist Church in Lamar, she was a leader in the choir and taught Sunday school classes for more than 50 years. She was a past-president of P.E.O. Chapter EP and enjoyed the fellowship around the table at Bridge Club. Fishing and boating with her husband and making memories with family at the lake gave her much joy. She and her husband enjoyed many trips abroad and traveled extensively in their motor home. When not traveling, they followed family activities and events and were awarded “Athletic Supporters of the Year” at Lamar High School.