Stella V. Roberts
11-14-09 to 02-01-12
Born in Charleroi, Pa., she was the first in her family to achieve a college education, leading to a teaching career. She married a fellow teacher, Guy L. Roberts. She was ordained as a Methodist minister while her husband served overseas in the U.S. Army during World War II.
After the war, she resumed teaching and church activities, assisting her husband's career in the ministry and then as a Penn State professor. Her focus was her family, literature, and her spiritual life. She often quoted her favorite proverb, "If you keep a green bough in your heart, a singing bird will come."
Following her husband's death in 1969, she moved to California to live near her oldest son, and then to Jacksonville, Ore., near his Applegate Valley ranch.
An avid reader and writer, into her 90's she authored three books, Rememberances With Love, a legacy to the family, Winter Journey, about advancing age, and I Was a Little Girl Once, for her great-granddaughter.
She is survived by two sons, J.B. (Carolyn) Roberts, of Jacksonville, Ore., and Rich (Amy) Roberts, of Florida; a grandson, Bill; granddaughter, Connie; and great-granddaughter, Madelaine, also Applegate Valley residents.
She spent her last years among dear friends at Pioneer Village Retirement Home in Jacksonville, where her memorial service will be held on February 18, 2012, at 10:30 am.